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Another US-sourced large ute enters the fray.

Released in mid-2018 the HSV-modified Chevrolet Silverado 2500 range comes with truck-diesel grunt. 

All crew cab vehicles in this range have the same powertrain: an Isuzu-developed Duramax 6.6-litre turbo-intercooled diesel V8 engine that pumps out a maximum 332kW of power and 1234Nm of torque and is mated to an Allison 1000 six-speed automatic transmission.

Four-wheel ABS disc brakes and an automatic locking rear differential are standard.

Suspension is by torsion-bar sprung wishbones up front and leaf-spring rear axle.

Standard payload on a car licence is 975kg and towing capacity is up to 5.89 tonnes. Wheelbase is 3904mm; cargo box length is two metres and width, 1586mm.

Fuel tank capacity is 136 litres and there’s also an AdBlue tank for the emissions system that incorporates cooled exhaust gas recirculation (EGR), diesel particulate filter (DPF)and AdBlue urea (SCR) NOx catalyst.

The base-model WT is well specified and is keenly priced in this US-import market section at $114,990.

Standard equipment includes: truck-type exhaust brake; transmission oil cooler; traction control; stability control and trailer sway control; frontal and side SRS airbags; manual tilt steering column; cruise control; trailer brake control; rear view camera; 3.5-inch display; single-zone aircon; remote keyless entry and 40:20:40 folding rear seat.

At a RRP of $134,990 the LTZ version adds: remote start; digital steering assist; manual tilt and telescoping steering column; power-adjustable pedals; heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel rim; auto-dimming rear vision mirror; front and rear park assist; 8.0-inch display;floor console; hill descent control; twin shocks; underbody rock shields; dual-zone aircon; heated and vented, leather-faced, power-adjustable front seats; garage door opener; powered, sliding rear window; 60:40 folding rear seat; rear under-seat storage and a BOSE sound system.

We’ll have an on and off road report following our December 7-13 2018 test.



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