Finally, the Rivian R1T will have a worthy contender. The 2024 Chevy Silverado EV Trail Boss is coming to dominate the wilderness. The Ford F-150 Lightning doesn’t have an off-roading model to answer yet, so we will see how the Chevy Silverado EV performs.
The 2024 Chevy Silverado EV Trail Boss is off-roading ready
One of the major takeaways from the Chevy Silverado EV debut are the clues about the off-roading model that’s on the way. The 2024 Chevy Silverado EV Trail Boss will tackle the wild soon.
The Silverado WT EV is the work truck model, and it will arrive first in the summer of 2023. Then we will see what the Trail Boss can do a little later. It’s already one-upping the Ford F-150 Lightning, which doesn’t have an off-roading model.
However, the real competition currently comes from the 2022 Rivian R1T, which has been impressing critics with its off-roading capabilities. Other rivals that may keep up with it as the Tesla Cybertruck may be months behind the Silverado EV.
What to expect with the Silverado EV Trail Boss
We haven’t seen much about the 2024 Chevy Silverado Trail Boss EV yet, but we caught a glimpse of it. The Trail Boss has a revised lower bumper with tow hooks and more grille space. This is probably to help the truck draw in more air to enhance the ability to cool powertrain components.
The gasoline-powered Silverado Trail Boss is in the middle of the pack for off-roading. It does have a locking rear differential, a heavy-duty suspension, and all-terrain tires, though. The Silverado EV Trail Boss might be better equipped by borrowing features from the GMC Hummer EV.
It’s safe to expect a lifted suspension, air springs, locking differentials, the Hummer EV’s unique crabwalk feature. We’ve seen a teaser about the Silverado EV’s four-wheel steering mode that could be similar.
The Rivian R1T has uses a semi-active loading-leveling air hydraulic hybrid system. It can raise the R1T to have about 15 inches of ground clearance. We’re not sure how tall the Silverado EV Trail Boss will be yet, but the Hummer EV has a maximum ground clearance of 15.9 inches.
While the Rivian R1T doesn’t have traditional off-roading modes such as hill descent control, setting the brakes in regen mode helps to control its speed. The GMC Hummer EV has a Terrain Mode that offers one-pedal driving.
How much power does the Silverado EV have?
With the available 200.0-kWh battery pack, the Silverado EV pumps out 664 hp and 780 lb-ft of torque. It also has a range of 400 miles. However, the Chevy Silverado EV Trail Boss may have less range due to the added weight of off-roading upgrades.
The Rivian R1T provides up to 835 hp and 908 lb-ft of torque. It also has an optional battery pack that provides up to 400 miles of range. It can tow up to 11,000 lbs, while the Silverado EV will eventually be able to tow up to 20,000 lbs.
The Silverado EV WT starts at about $39,995, while the Rivian R1T begins at about $67,500. The GMC Hummer EV starts at around $108,700, which is why we expect the Chevy Silverado EV Trail Boss to be a better competitor.
It’s possible that the EV Trail Boss will have a much lower price than the Hummer EV truck. We’ll keep you updated as we learn more.