It appeared that Chevrolet was going to make a splash at the State Fair of Texas Auto Show with the debut of the 2015 Silverado HD. While this unveiling certainly got the showcase started off on the right foot, it wasn't the only big news the automaker had. The American manufacturer chose the annual festival as the place to unveil two new concept trucks, and they are quickly gaining steam as an even more rugged twist on the Silverado.
Using the 2014 Chevy Silverado as a base, the manufacturer carried out some extreme truck mods and created two of the most unique and memorable concept vehicles out there.
About the Silverado Black Ops
Simply put, the Silverado Black Ops is a beacon of preparedness. The vehicle has everything a driver would need to conquer off-road trails or make it through a zombie apocalypse, and a few of these features are especially enticing, Motor Authority reported. Made from Silverado Crew Cab 4x4, the truck boasts lower body armor for increased protection as well as a raised Chevy suspension to provide more ground clearance. Under the hood, drivers will find a 5.3-liter EcoTec V-8 engine offering 355 horsepower and 383 foot-pounds of torque.
"Luck favors the prepared, and the Silverado Black Ops concept is a survival kit on four wheels," said Dave Ross, Chevrolet's design manager. "This concept truck showcases the stronger, smarter and more capable elements of the 2014 Silverado and how accessories can enhance them to suit any lifestyle."
Even the truck's accessories are catered toward handling emergencies. Its storage unit has a solar power pack, gas masks, gloves, a first aid kit, a shovel and rope. That's just the beginning, as food and water rations, a fuel container and even a generator are installed on top of the locker. A front-mounted winch, LED lights and integrated tow hooks are also included for heavy-duty work. To top it all off, the Silverado Black Ops employs a rugged paint job, complete with built-in scrapes and yellow accents.
About the Silverado Volunteer Firefighter
The Silverado Volunteer Firefighter is a truck made with input from the National Volunteer Fire Council in honor of the noble work that firefighters do every day. This concept vehicle has been outfitted with everything from rescue equipment to an off-road suspension, making it a top option for any first responders or extreme drivers.
One of the first things drivers will notice about the truck is its design scheme, which itself is a nod to firefighters. The red and silver paint covers what was once a Silverado Double Cab and highlights the chrome steps and 22-inch wheels. A siren, public address system, chrome fire extinguishers and even an ax have also been installed to provide firefighters with everything they need to save lives. There's still extra storage room, despite all of these additions. Cargo space provides plenty of available storage for helmets, air packs, gloves, jackets and pants needed to fight fires.
"We wanted to pay tribute to these important men and women in communities everywhere," said Chris Perry, vice president of marketing for Chevrolet. "They are the kind of hard-working Americans for whom we design and build the Silverado, making sure it delivers the capability and dependability they expect."
High-performance is a given considering all of the truck modifications that went into this vehicle. A revised suspension and wider wheels provide smoother handling, while an array of safety features ensures that drivers won't have to worry about trouble en route to an emergency situation.