HSV announced the new model line will appear in showrooms from 2018, joining the Chevrolet Camaro which is set to appear early in 2018 as HSV restructures its operations in partnership with Holden.
Through Holden and HSV’s new partnership, which sees HSV using its vehicle conversion expertise to import and convert global GM products to the Australian market, the duo has announced a raft of Chevrolet Silverado models to be introduced next year.
The range will consist of the 3500HD WT and 3500HD LTZ , and the 2500HD LTZ along with two special editions, the 2500HD LTZ “Midnight” Edition and 2500HD LTZ “Custom Sport” Edition.
All models boast huge power and towing capacity thanks to a Duramax 6.6-litre turbocharged diesel V8 engine that produces 332kW of power and 1234 Nm of torque, though spec may vary slightly in final converted vehicles.
The powerplant is mated to an Allison 1000 six-speed automatic transmission with automatic locking rear differential and four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes.
The workhorse Chevy truck will offer a towing capacity of between 3.5–6.1 tonnes, depending on model and final configuration, with payload capacity stretching beyond Australia’s current ‘mid-size’ utes from 1140kg to 1848kg depending on variant.
HSV managing director, Tim Jackson, says the 3500HD WT is a proper work truck while the more stylish HD2500-line will have broader appeal.
“We will have what’s termed a work truck - think mining, think farming and those types of things - where they are not looking for a lot of convenience and comfort but they just need towing capacity.”
“Where we think the bulk of interest will be is in the 2500 LTZ limited editions,” he said.
“Typically, the 2500 is setup for towing and the 3500 is setup for payload.”
“The availability of the Chevrolet Silverado range opens up some wonderful new opportunities for our business in a market segment whose potential is relatively un-tapped, and we believe has high growth potential”.
The full-size pickup will be sold in both Australia and New Zealand through HSV showrooms, which are set to add Chevrolet branding to go with the recently-unveiled new-look HSV logo. There are currently almost 60 HSV dealers across Australia and seven in New Zealand.
The trucks will undergo right hand drive conversion at HSV’s new Clayton production facility where it is currently involved with converting Ram trucks, though Jackson says the rival brand isn’t a concern.
“That’s their (American Special Vehicle’s) business, I’m not too concerned about brands when the Silverado gets here. I’m not concerned at all about the Ram,” said Jackson.
Conversion is expected to start in April 2018 and the 3500HD LTZ model will be available by the middle of next year. Pricing and exact specification will be confirmed closer to the new range going on sale in Australia.