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New Chevrolet Colorado and Silverado Trucks Unveiled: SEMA Show


author photo by Josh Sadlier November 2014

What Are They?

The new Chevrolet Colorado midsize truck and the Chevrolet Silverado full-size truck are well-represented at the 2014 SEMA Show, with multiple variants of each model in the mix. Here are the highlights as this year's SEMA Show gets underway in Las Vegas.

Colorado Active Lifestyle Concept

Emphasizing the new 2015 Colorado's affinity with outdoor sports, Chevy has paired it with the Super Air Nautique 210 speedboat. The 21-ft speedboat weighs 4,200 lbs, and the trailer adds an additional 1,000 lbs or so -- well within the 7,000-lb maximum towing capacity of the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado. Both the truck and boat have a custom orange metallic-flake paint job, and the trailer's stylish 18-inch wheels match those of the Colorado.

In order to provide that 7,000-lb towing ceiling, the Active Lifestyle concept needs the optional 3.6-liter V6, which is rated at a frisky 305 horsepower along with a segment-leading 26 miles per gallon on the highway.

Colorado Performance Concept

Boats aren't the only motorized conveyances that pair well with a 2015 Colorado. The Colorado Performance concept, designed with input from motocross legend Ricky Carmichael, can carry a motorcycle, a mountain bike and a bunch of related gear in back. The bed is the Colorado crew cab's 6-ft, 2-in standard box, which can accommodate items up to eight feet long with the tailgate down. The Performance concept also has an experimental tailgate extender that makes it easier to secure the bikes.

Of course, this is SEMA, so the Colorado Performance concept also has matte gray paint with silver and yellow accents, and it's signed by Carmichael himself via a large printed graphic. There are also bespoke interior touches and a couple experimental accessories -- a sport bar in the bed and a sport exhaust system underneath.

Silverado High Desert

Based on the existing Silverado High Country crew cab, the High Desert is perhaps most notable for its lockable cargo bed storage system and LED bed lighting, both of which seem destined for production as Silverado options. Like the Colorado Performance concept, the High Desert gets a sport bar and a sport exhaust system, and it also adds 6-piston Brembo front calipers, performance brake pads and 16-in slotted rotors. The 22-in wheels are gold-accented from the Chevrolet Accessories catalog that match the gold accents in the Deepwood Green exterior paint. A custom grille and body-color door handles and mirrors round out the package.

Silverado Polaris ACE+

The Silverado Polaris ACE+ is paired with yet another recreational vehicle -- the eponymous single-seat, off-road vehicle that was launched earlier this year. Basically an enhanced 4-wheel ATV with a single bucket seat, a steering wheel and a roll cage, the go-anywhere Polaris ACE demonstrates the lifestyle possibilities that Chevy sees for the latest Silverado. The truck itself features a black exterior with blacked-out trim, 33-in off-road tires mounted on 22-in rims, fender flares, a front nudge bar, a sport bar and the same Brembo brake package as the High Desert. Accessory air-induction and exhaust systems enhance the sound of the 355-hp 5.3-liter V8, and possibly increase the power.

Will They Ever Sell Them?

While these trucks are unlikely to be offered for sale in their SEMA costumes, we expect to see many of their accessories and functional enhancements introduced as options for production Colorado and Silverado models.

This image is a stock photo and is not an exact representation of any vehicle offered for sale. Advertised vehicles of this model may have styling, trim levels, colors and optional equipment that differ from the stock photo.
New Chevrolet Colorado and Silverado Trucks Unveiled: SEMA Show - Autotrader