Our test vehicle is the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ Premium Edition, which with 6.2 litre petrol V8 engine and 10-speed torque converter automatic transmission has a list price of $113,990. Any colour other than Summit White (like our Black example) adds another $1250.
Unlike the RAM 1500, which is offered in both entry-level and top-shelf trims, HSV has chosen the richly-equipped Premium Edition as the Silverado 1500’s primary launch variant. It includes the Z71 off-road suspension package with Rancho shocks, under-body skid plates and unique badging.
This luxurious leviathan glitters on big 20-inch polished alloy wheels with 275/60R 20SL all-terrain tyres with a full-size spare. There’s also ample chrome on the grille, side-steps, front and rear bumpers, door handles and heated door mirrors. The dual-outlet exhaust system also has polished outlets.
Inside, there’s heaps of high-end features you’d find in prestige cars, starting with the leather-appointed seats. The fronts feature 10-way power adjustment including lumbar support, heating and cooling, while the rear outer seating positions are also heated.
The leather-wrapped steering wheel is also heated plus there’s lavish instrumentation including a six-gauge instrument cluster, multi-page driver info display and premium infotainment system, with Bose seven-speaker sound and multiple connectivity including four USB ports, wireless phone charging and 8.0-inch colour touchscreen with Apple Car Play/Android Auto.
There’s also keyless entry/remote start, rear privacy glass, dual-zone climate, power sunroof, power sliding rear window with defogger, adaptive cruise control and an advanced towing package with integrated trailer brake controller, reversing camera with hitch guidance and more. Heck, you can even lower and raise the power tailgate from the driver’s seat! HSV also offers performance upgrades and OEM accessories.