Chevy has released a number of Silverado special editions in recent years. Some, like the Rally editions and Redline concept, focus more on improving the truck’s looks. Others, though, like the High Desert edition, are for people who like to off-road their Silverados. A few years ago, Chevy released the Silverado Realtree special edition, in collaboration with the Realtree apparel company. Now, right on the heels of another apparel collaboration throwback, there’s another Chevy Silverado Realtree special edition coming out.
What does the Chevy Silverado Realtree special edition offer?
Each Silverado Realtree will be based on the Silverado 1500 Custom Trail Boss. Which means, this Silverado gets a 2” suspension lift and 20” wheels with Goodyear Wrangler MT tires. Also, it comes with the Z71 package as standard. This gives the truck Rancho monotube shocks, an automatically-locking rear differential, hill descent control, and skid plates. The Z71 package also upgrades the Silverado’s four-wheel drive with a two-speed transfer case.
The Chevy Silverado Realtree special edition also has quite a few black exterior components. The Silverado and Z71 badging is black, as are the rectangular dual exhaust tips and assist steps.
As for what Realtree brings, that’s mostly limited to cosmetic and interior options. The bed liner gets an embedded Realtree logo, for one. Strangely enough, for a truck modified by a hunting/outdoor apparel company, camouflaging is limited. The only camouflage graphics are on the bed’s rear quarter panel, hood, and interior door trim. GM Authority reports the interior door trim uses Realtree’s latest Timber camo pattern.
Chevy Silverado Realtree pricing and availability
Being based on the Trail Boss, buyers will be able to buy Realtree special editions with either a 5.3-liter V8 with a 6-speed automatic or the 6.2-liter V8 with a 10-speed automatic. Chevy is set to debut the Silverado Realtree special edition at the 2020 SHOT Show, with the truck hitting dealerships sometime in summer 2020.
As of this moment, official pricing has not been released. The original Realtree edition cost $45,000 in 2016 or $2,850 more than the standard Chevy Silverado 1500 Trail Boss. According to Motor1, the new Realtree is based on the Chevy Silverado Custom Trail Boss, which starts at $44,890 with the 5.3-liter, and $46,365 with the 6.2-liter. Therefore, It’s likely the Realtree edition will cost roughly $45,000-$50,000.
Is it worth it?
The original Silverado Realtree competed with the equally-camouflaged Ram 1500 Mossy Oak edition. At the moment, Ram hasn’t brought it back, leaving the Silverado to bear the camo torch alone. And, as Car and Driver described, the new Realtree keeps the camouflage to a minimal level.
While completely wrapping your truck in camo would likely result in some awkward conversations with inattentive hunters, the Chevy Silverado Realtree special edition isn’t really all that special. As with the Silverado 2500HD Carhartt, you can replicate most of the modifications for less money.
For example, Mossy Oak Graphics sells camouflage kits both for the interior and exterior of the Chevy Silverado. The rear quarter panel kit costs just under $200, and the interior kit less than $15. True, your truck won’t have any Realtree logos on it. But you’ll save quite a bit of money.
Ironically, given how little camo it has, I couldn’t see myself in the Chevy Silverado Realtree special edition.
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