HSV have finally released Silverado pricing today with the Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD WT model starting at $114,990. This is cheaper than what was expected for the entry level Silverado, and some $25,000 cheaper than its closest competitor, the RAM 2500 Laramie. It’s also $15,000 cheaper than the Ford F-150, which is imported by Performax International.


HSV have announced there will be a five-model Silverado line up starting with the $114,990 2500HD WT, and including the 2500HD LTZ at $134,990, the 2500HD LTZ Midnight Edition and Custom Sport at $139,990, and the top of the range 3500HD LTZ, due for release towards the middle of the year at $147,990.

All HSV Silverado’s will come with the infamous V8 turbo-diesel 6.6L Duramax engine, putting out a rather solid 332kW/1234Nm. This will be matched to an Allison 1000 six-speed auto, and also have a heavy duty, locking, rear diff.

Payload capacity on the Silverado’s isn’t overly exciting nudging just under a tonne at 975kg, however all of the 2500HD’s will have a towing capacity of 5890kg, so long as they can get it through ADR & compliance certification. Standard features across all models will include reversing camera’s, front, side and curtain airbags, as well as a myriad of other safety features.



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  1. Hi
    I am sitting on the balcony of the Royal Carriage Inn Jamestown CA.
    The Main Street is directly below me and every dozen vehicles I average 8-9 large US pickups.
    About an even split of Rams, Chevs and Fords with a few GMCs. Half of them have a lift kit and big exhaust and one person and nothing in the back.
    Out on the Highways 5th wheelers with ugly Big Sierra or similar cabins on the back and equally huge motorhomes with elderly couples on board.
    You see the odd Tundra, large Nissan pickup or a big Ugly Honda pickup once a day.
    Land Cruisers are very few and far between and I think you see more new Nissan Patrols (V8s) than Cruisers.
    I think that if there was a good Dealer network thru Aust. the Chevvies etc would get a much bigger market share now that most of the big vans are above the legal GCW. Once the people sample 1000nm of torque they will be hard to resist.BjBrian
    They sure do power past when you are doing 75-80 MPH on the freeways that the poor old Cruisers would have no hope of matching.

  2. I never want to drive a tank, nor tow a road whale behind me while on a trip.
    My less than 100HP 1HZ 105 series does just fine, slow and reliable towing a hybrid camper @ 90kmh on the highway. And, is quite capable off road.
    Truck licences should be mandatory for people driving these large road going combinations that have in excess of 3.5t tow rating.

    1. Jack,

      Why are you only towing at 90km/hr? Can you not do 100? There is a reason why there are so many accidents because ppl like you cannot see the issue you are causing – do the speed limit, put the foot down a little more, use the extra 2L/100kms on your clapped out 1HZ.

      1. Towing at 90 km/h seems eminently sensible. There are too many rigs wrecked by the side of the road because the drivers thought that driving at the speed limit, rather than a safe speed for them, was the best thing to do.
        At 90, it’s easy for vehicles to get past, especially in states with 110 and 130 limits.
        As the NZ people point out, it’s a LIMIT, not a target.

    2. I agree with everything you’ve said Jack but not the bit about doing 90k/h. I go away every school holidays and nothing is more infuriating than being stuck in a queue behind a van doing 90. Why buy a money pit 200 series and tow at 90? Do the speed limit or stay home.

  3. It could be contender for a tow vehicle, will it be a 4X4 or rear wheel drive only.
    There needs to be a true comparison between various models and trim level, it will be interesting to see how they all campare, including the 1500 range in the makes as well.

  4. Pretty solid torque rating & tow capicity. You no longer need to leave the kitchen sink, lounge 7 spa at home when travelling. I shudder to think of the fuel consumption though, this thing will need a 200L tank to have a useful range in remote areas.

  5. We drove a Silverado in the states when we did an Ag study tour the last two years, came home bought a LTZ 2500 best vehicle we’ve had for outback Australian work.
    If HSV get it right they will quickly capture a big slice of the 79 series market let alone the 200 market.

  6. So if it costs $34k US about $44k AU in the USA what is the justification for the $115k AU that it’s costing us. Shipping ? O yah that’s right we are Aussie we always get ripped off. So why not with this. Some idiot will buy one though and that’s why they charge! Get stuffed GM

  7. Now if Nissan follow through with the Titan powered by a 5L Cummins V8 Diesel the local ute market will be turned upside down. I’m hoping for the 1500 version’s to come down under.

  8. So top of the line Aussie version is a $60k premium to US price. $88.8k AUD equivalent for Ltz, 6.6 L.T. diesel, 4WD….this is robbery. No Aussie car industry left, but price gouging has increased…ridiculous. Add luxury car tax to this, your talking as capable if not more so and certainly more refined purposes built right hand top of the line suv, 4wds and utes…seriously!

  9. For too long now to say Toyota and Diesel in the same sentence cost an extra $10K minimum. The 200 series upholds the long tradition of cruisers in Oz so many people owe lots of fun and reliable Km’s to Mr Toyo, but …… competition is a good thing for car buyers. So it will be interesting when these and the Nissan Titans hit our shores. I would definitely compare these big USA rigs with the Toyo if I was buying (fool not to) but the fuel use might end up being a big decider.

  10. I just sold on a 2014 Ram 2500 great for towing if that’s what you need. The major limitation is access to parts and also service guys who understand the trucks. Also really they are not a 4×4 they just add that in the States for slippery road conditions, don’t trust what any of the importers converters tell you regarding spare parts they simply do not carry them I even had a lot of trouble sourcing a top hose. I have gone back to Toyota with a 6×6 conversion Toyota dealer network service techs etc all over Aus with parts readily available and a proper 4×4 to boot.
    My advice having owned one of it is not right hand drive in the factory supported by a service network run a mile!

  11. We started our Oz adventure with a Ford Ranger towing a loaded 3,500kg 5th wheeler. (I love Rangers by the way)
    All was good until we went to Tasmania and got scared a few times of the 3,500 kg van pushing our Ranger around.
    We bought a 2nd hand 2014 Chevy Silverado, to replace it.
    Wow wow, talk about Safety, the Chevy now tells the van what’s going on, cruisers on 100klm @ hour, approx 18 ltrs per 100 kls, A GVM of 11,475kg
    Do the speed limit, and do it safe.
    Don’t build a vehicle to handle the weight. Buy one that already does it.
    Best decision we have ever made.

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