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Chevrolet Unveils 2016 Silverado Realtree Edition

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On: Thu, Jan 21, 2016 at 3:57PM | By: Carl Malek

Chevrolet Unveils 2016 Silverado Realtree Edition

With many truck buyers taking their pickup trucks off the beaten path, Chevrolet has unveiled a new special edition Silverado that strives to meet the demands of these very special customers, while bringing several model-exclusive touches to the Silverado model family.

Known formally as the Silverado Realtree Edition, this particular version shares much of its inspiration with the Bone Collector concept truck that made its debut at last year's SEMA show; it has been toned down somewhat to appeal to a wider range of clientele, as well as keep the overall price of admission at a reasonable level. Using the Silverado 1500 Z71 LTZ model as a base, the Realtree version adds model-exclusive camouflage trim stripes, while the rest of the truck gets a blackout package that includes black 20-inch wheels, road assist steps, and dark bow tie badging which all mesh nicely with its equally sinister-looking black paint.

The new model also gets some serious off-road hardware with beefy all-terrain tires, as well as Rancho monotube shocks, an underbody shield, hill descent control, and an auto-locking rear differential spicing things up. Performance hardware is largely carried over from the standard LTZ model which means the familiar 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V8 with 355 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque is present and accounted for. The engine also comes hooked up to an eight-speed automatic transmission that promises to deliver smooth and efficient shifts. While this particular edition does not transform the Silverado into a true contender against rivals such as the Ram Rebel, it does allow the Silverado to be a more compelling purchase for budget-minded outdoors enthusiasts who crave a bit more style and ruggedness from their Silverado purchase.

Pricing is expected to be announced closer to the trucks official arrival on dealer lots, which is expected to take place sometime this spring. However, we suspect that the Realtree will command a slight premium when compared to the base $46,695 for the base LTZ model and bring total pricing closer to the $50,000 range.

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James Roberts | 5:20PM (Thu, Jan 21, 2016)

Nice looking ride but I am still partial to the Ford Raptor myself

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