LAS VEGAS – Chevrolet’s 2016 Silverado Special Ops concept imagines a unique rescue vehicle for special-operations forces.
It is based on the Silverado 1500 Z71, which features a new front-end design and new technologies built into its strong, high-strength steel body structure and fully boxed frame, and draws its design inspiration from naval design aesthetics.
“This Silverado concept is a multipurpose truck that reflects the go-anywhere, do-anything commitment of special-forces teams,” said Jim Campbell, GM U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports.
The naval-inspired camo appearance, called Razzle Dazzle, was developed more than 100 years ago to disguise a ship’s speed, direction and profile to the enemy’s eye. It is based on a three-tone blue exterior color, marked by a distinctive array of varying colored lines and shapes intended to mask the ship.
“We created light, medium and darker shaded areas within camouflage bands flowing down the hood, body sides and tailgate,” said Todd Parker, director of design, Chevrolet Accessories. “That effect gives tremendous depth to the Silverado’s body, while reinforcing the nautical heritage of the unique camo design.”
The concept blends unique components and new parts from Chevrolet Accessories’ portfolio for Silverado to create a truck that offers enhanced capability for just about any mission. Distinguishing features include a bed-mounted sport bar with LED lights, off-road tires, wheel flares, custom rocker guards, bed-mounted GearOn™ utility rack storage system and more.
A narrow light bar with six-inch LED light strips stretches across the top of the body-color grille – which is accented with black grille inserts – while black bowtie emblems complete the appearance.
Inside, the military-theme cues continue, with a bright Ejector Orange color used on the door pulls and glove box handle. The seats are trimmed with waterproof covers and the floors have waterproof liners, while the instrument panel and armrests echo the Razzle Dazzle camo paint scheme carried out on the exterior.
The complete list of Chevrolet Accessories and concept parts includes:
- Black bowtie emblems
- Underbody shield
- Sport bar
- LED off-road lights
- Wheel flares
- 20-inch aluminum wheels with off-road tires
- Custom rocker guards
- GearOn™ tiered storage system
- GearOn™ utility rack package
- GearOn™ cargo tie-down rings
- Floor liners
- Spray-in bedliner (production option)
- Embroidered headrests with the Special Ops logo.
A new brake package, air intake and exhaust kits from Chevrolet Performance further enhance the driving experience of this Silverado concept.