Full-size pickups are what America does very well, and Chevrolet has been doing this for 100 years. Say that again… 100 years, wow! Difficult to comprehend, that’s before World War 1…

Chevrolet Silvarado Doha Qatar 2But it is an American tradition and Chevrolet is right in the heart of it – and in the hearts of Americans. And they must know something. What I know, and you instinctively know, if you are honest, is that when you drive in Qatar, especially in the hotter months, one of the sure ways to keep yourself happy and stress-free is to ride in a spacious, quiet, comfortable, air-conditioned, high-riding, powerful and all-terrain capable cabin – just, in fact, like a Chevrolet Silverado High Country.

Pick-ups are unrecognisable from those of just a few years ago. The spacious, luxurious comfort in a high-quality interior, with its contrasting double stitching, made driving the Silverado High Country a pleasure. The all-round view is wonderful, the mirrors are large, there are lots of grab handles and loads of convenient storage spaces – all heightened by the advanced technology driving the safety and infotainment electronic systems, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. I was most surprised to learn – and to feel – how the lane change warning system alerted me to my drifting. It came through the seat giving me tingles in the legs… Well, it certainly got my attention!

There is no problem with power. Absolutely not. A 6.2 litre V8 pumping out 420 horsepower, bringing huge towing capacity and the ability to haul the heaviest loads on the largest cargo flat bed in its class. The 2019 models are more than
200 kg lighter than their predecessors, and with GM’s new 10-speed automatic transmission it’s hard to believe how smooth and yet how responsive such a big truck can be.

There’s no better way to beat big city traffic blues – or to tame the wild, open country outside city limits. With such a huge space in the back, and with its own air-conditioning, bring the family along for the ride. They’ll love you for it!

ENGINE 6.2 litre Eco Tec V8 MFI, with Variable Valve Timing, direct injection, and Active Fuel Management (other versions available in LT, LTZ)Chevrolet Silvarado Doha Qatar 2

MAX POWER 420 hp @ 6,500 rpm

MAX TORQUE 460 lb-ft @ 3,500 rpm

TRANSMISSION Ten-speed automatic

EXTERIOR All-new muscular, sculpted front end and multilevel headlight array give Silverado a bold new look, while high-strength steel delivers rugged capability that you can depend on. This model features full LED lighting package including headlamps, daytime running lamps, fog lamps, park/turn signals and taillights; large and bright 20-inch wheels, Brembo premium brakes, Borlan exhaust system

INTERIOR Classy, luxurious cabin, with abundant space. Connectivity is a big deal these days and no cabin has more options than this one, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Steering wheel controls let you answer phone calls, control the displays, change Driver Information Center settings, cruise control and safety features, while the tuned exhaust system helps reduce noise in the cabin, and the family chills out on cooled leather seats, perhaps listening to musical favourites on the excellent sound system

SAFETY Among many others, Silverado’s advanced safety features include forward collision alert, low speed emergency braking and lane keeping assist

Informative and friendly staff in the Chevrolet showrooms at Jaidah flyover and Airport Street will tell you all about the Chevrolet Silverado High Country t. Call 800 0100 or visit their website

Author: Terry Sutcliffe

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