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HSV Chevrolet Silverado 1500 launches in Australia

By Cameron Kirby and David Bonnici, 20 Feb 2020 News

HSV Chevrolet Silverado 1500 launches in Australia

Holden Special Vehicles' 6.2-litre V8 ute goes on sale in March

Holden Special Vehicles has confirmed it will begin selling the 313kW V8-petrol Chevrolet Silverado 1500 dual-cab ute in Australia and New Zealand from next month.

Following the successful import and re-engineering (a fancy way to describe the extensive conversion process) of the Chevrolet Camaro and Silverado 2500 Heavy Duty, HSV will begin to sell the ‘smaller’ Silverado ute against fellow its American pick-up, the Ram 1500, which is converted at the same facility and sold independently in Australia.

HSV Silverado 1500

'Smaller' is a loose term when describing the Silverado 1500, because while it is a size down from the gargantuan 2500, some variants stand 20cm taller than the Holden Colorado.

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Available here in a single LTZ spec, the Silverado 1500 has a brutish 313kW/624Nm 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 engine under its expansive bonnet coupled with a 10-speed automatic transmission. That shouldn’t have any trouble towing loads up to its 4500kg maximum braked towing capacity.

HSV Silverado 1500

By comparison, the Ram 1500 sold here is offered with a 5.6-litre naturally-aspirated V8, producing 291kW and 556Nm, paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

HSV Silverado 1500 interior

The HSV Silverado 1500 LTZ isn’t short on features, with the standard kit comprising:

  • Keyless entry and start
  • Remote start
  • Head-Up Display
  • Heated, leather wrapped steering wheel  
  • Integrated trailer brake controller
  • Rear view auto-dimming interior mirror
  • Power-sliding rear window
  • Rear Camera Mirror
  • Dual zone automatic climate control
  • Jet Black Perforated Leather appointed seats
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Heated rear outboard seats
  • 10 Way Powered Driver and Passenger Seat with Lumbar
  • Power Sunroof
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Front and rear park assist
  • Low-speed autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Rear-cross traffic alert
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • 8.0-inch touchscreen
  • Bluetooth
  • Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
  • Seven-speaker Bose Premium Sound System with Richbass woofer
  • Wireless phone charging
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Z71 Pack with interior trim plate and exterior badging.

The bold exterior meanwhile is brimming with bling to enhance its extroverted aesthetic, including: chrome sidesteps, door handles and bumpers, which are contrasted by a black Chevy bowtie and front recovery hooks.

Down the back the big tub has a powered tailgate, spray-on bed liner and 12 tie downs.

The Silverado 1500 rides on 20-inch polished alloys shod with 275/60R20SL all-terrain tyres.

Extras include HSV Tuned suspension, performance airbox/exhaust and a range of performance upgrades.

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HSV is yet to confirm retail pricing, but the similarly specified Silverado LTZ in the US retails for about US$55,500 which equates to about $84,000 Australian, which doesn't include the costs associated with the right-hand-drive re-engineering and getting the vehicle to Australia.

Chevrolet Silverado 1500

HSV’s Executive Director for sales, marketing and after sales Chris Polites has previously indicated that the 1500 would be sold for less than the cheapest 2500, which starts at $114,990, but dismissed a comparison with the RAM 1500, which costs $99,950 for a dual-cab variant.

Wheels estimates a low six-figure sum will be required to buy the Silverado 1500, which is the first new generation full-size pick-up to go on sale from a manufacturer in Australia.