Chevrolet Reveals Less Controversial 2020 Silverado HD High Country
More Traditional Chevy Cues Make Top-Spec Truck a Looker
Since Chevrolet released the first official photos of the 2020 Silverado HD in LT trim on December 4, the peanut gallery has made its opinion known: The new truck’s styling is controversial. While we at Truck Trend find ourselves split—some love the LT’s aggressive and modern new styling, while some will have to, er, get used to it—our opinions are much more united with regard to the range-topping Silverado HD High Country, which was just shown today with a cohesive and attractive new design.
The High Country receives much more traditional Chevrolet styling cues, including a front grille with a bow tie badge and added chrome accents, replacing the already revealed LT’s flow-through “CHEVROLET” branding and dimpled black plastic grille. The High Country name appears on the bold center grille bar as well, in between the driver-side lighting elements. The Silverado HD’s most luxurious trim level offsets its blingy grille with body-color bumpers, although perhaps predictably, the High Country gets chrome mirror caps and wheels, along with shiny running boards.
Unfortunately, those funky door-mounted and cantilevered mirrors remain. What’s the point of moving the mirrors if there’s still going to be a blocked-off triangle at the front of the side window glass, and if Chevy insists on mounting them on the door, what’s with the weird, plumbing-inspired mirror arm design?
A modern stamped-steel tailgate looks to be aerodynamically optimized with a little ducktail spoiler, as on the Silverado 1500. There also looks to be a cab spoiler just above the rear window, improving airflow around the cargo box for reduced drag. The Silverado 1500 donated its modern-looking taillights to the Silverado HD, one of few shared styling features between the two. In fact, GM claims that the only shared sheetmetal between the HD and its 1/2-ton little brother is the roof panel.
As with the LT, the Silverado HD High Country gets an integrated bed step right in front of the rear wheels, allowing for an easier reach into the cargo box from the side of the truck. This, combined with GM’s signature bumper corner step, should be a simple and effective bed access solution.
The High Country is the second of five trim levels to be revealed on the 2020 Silverado HD. Like the smaller Silverado 1500, the HD will be available in Work Truck, Custom, LT, LTZ, and High Country trims (the 1500’s Custom Trail Boss and LT Trail Boss models are absent from the HD lineup). Expect a mild Z71 off-road package to be available on each Silverado HD trim level, as seen on the LT model revealed earlier this week—all-terrain tires, hill descent control, an e-locking rear differential, and special suspension tuning should come along for the ride on models so equipped.
The new Silverado HD will be publicly shown in February, likely at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show, with an on-sale date sometime in the middle of the year.