Monthly Archives: April 2014

Morgan Teases Limited Edition Plus 8 Speedster

Morgan Motors is in the middle of celebrating the 100th anniversary of its Pickersleigh Road Factory, but has decided to lift the veil off the physical embodiment of this milestone a special limited edition roadster known as the Plus 8 Speedster which promises to reward buyers with a top speed of 148 mph and retro inspired charm when it goes on sale this summer.

While Morgan did not unveil formal pictures or video of the Plus 8 Speedster (expect those to emerge closer to its formal debut) the small helping of computer generated renderings it did cough up reveal that the speedster will feature a tiny windshield which is a nod to Morgan Plus 8 Speedster 3Birtish roadsters that were built during the 1940’s and 1950’s. This particular period of time was an era when British roadsters were popular with buyers and dominated much of the world’s roads. The company claims that the Plus 8 Speedster will standout from its standard issue cousin thanks to a host of exterior styling tweaks designed to aide the car’s aerodynamics.

As is the case with other Plus 8 models, the Speedster will be powered by a dated but still potent 4.8 liter BMW sourced V8 which is good for a healthy 367 horsepower and sends its power to the rear wheels through either a standard six speed manual gearbox, or an optional six speed ZF derived automatic. Morgan claims that all of this muscle and hardware is enough to propel the Speedster from 0 to 62 mph in 4.2 seconds before reaching a top speed of 148 mph. While that latter figure may seem a bit paltry when compared to the top speeds posted by more mainstream exotics, Morgan engineers have equipped this iteration of the Plus 8 with the latest version of its familiar aluminum chassis to ensure the proper levels of rigidity and lightness that have come to define the brands history though a leather belt (another trait of its old school roots) is needed to keep the hood closed.

The renderings also reveal that the Speedster retains the high level of customization that is seen in other Morgan offerings with wheel louvers, roll hoops, and several wheel designs all available for buyers that wish to personalize their purchase, while a top is available to keep the rain at bay should the need arise. Look for production to begin Morgan Plus 8 Speedster 4sometime in June, with the first batch of cars arriving at Morgan showrooms before the end of summer. Pricing for the Plus 8 Speedster will begin at €69,995 which translates to a lofty $118,000 before taxes and optional goodies are factored into the equation. While it will not replace the equally quirky 3 Wheeler in the Autoinfoquest garage (saving money for one as we speak), it should still reward buyers with the unqiue and one of a kind driving experience that one comes to expect from a proper Morgan product.

 

 

MINI Interns Build One Of A Kind Paceman Pickup Truck

Showcasing the talents that reside in BMW’s engineering program, students at BMW’s Munich and Dingolfing factories joined forces with their instructors to create a special two seat pickup truck based on the MINI Paceman CUV. This truck not only showcases their raw talent, but is also an indirect nod to its distant ancestor the 1961-1982 Mini Pick-up.

Officially known as the Paceman Adventure, the “Jungle Green” hued pickup is largely identical to its CUV sibling from the largely unchanged front fascia to the equally similar B-pillar. However, the talented interns at BMW shelved the CUV’s sloping roof and passenger compartment and instead outfitted the Adventure with a new pickup truck style P90148486_highResbed featuring black hued metal plates and a fully functional tail gate. In addition to the fore-mentioned items, the interns also replaced the compact space saver spare tire with a full sized off road spec one and mounted it on the lightbar adorned roof rack versus its usual position underneath the car. As a neat bonus the interns also stole a page from the Jeep Wranglers iconic playbook and made their creation more capable by outfitting it with a special snorkel which makes its way up the drivers side air pillar to help feed air to engine when the Paceman Adventure makes its way through water obstacles.

The interior of the one off (minus the newly removed rear passenger seat) is also standard issue Paceman with the same basic design theme especially in its instrument cluster and dashboard layout but a new pair of sport bucket seats help give occupants ample amount P90148467_highResof support for adventures on or off the beaten path. Performance comes from the 1.6 liter turbocharged four cylinder borrowed from the Paceman S which is good for a healthy 181 horsepower and a equally stout 177 lb-ft of torque, though that latter figure can be briefly increased to 192 lb-ft via a special overboost function. All of this grunt is channeled to all four wheels through a six speed manual gearbox while the brand’s All4 all-wheel drive system helps the pickup stay sorted in off road driving maneuvers.

While the Paceman Adventure certainly has a leg up over its CUV based sibling when it comes to overall practicality and versatility, MINI claims that it is merely a one-off study with no chance for an official production run. However while its chances of being a straight from the factory production model are slim at best, it could still perhaps appear as an aftermarket kit for interested buyers in a similar fashion to the Jeep JK8 pickup truck if there is enough demand though the company has so far not released any information on whether that is indeed the case or not.

 

 

 

NHTSA Investigates 2014 Impala Over Braking Issue

Following on the heels of several recent GM recalls (including the now infamous and currently ongoing ignition switch recall), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced that it has opened an investigation into possible braking issues with 60,000 examples of the company’s 2014 Chevrolet Impala full size sedan that feature the new Forward Collision Avoidance System.

This latest inquiry was sparked by a lone complaint filed with the NHTSA which cited an accident that thankfully involved no fatalities for the parties involved. In the complaint, the driver of the Impala claims that “inappropriate activation” of the emergency braking system caused the car to stop with full braking force from a speed of 40 mph which resulted in the Impala being struck from behind by another vehicle. In addition, the same driver also reported experiencing a similar fault with the vehicles Forward Collision Avoidance system on several occasions at different locations. When the accident in question occurred, the driver stated that the road in front of the car was free of traffic and that the only warning was three beeps from the fore mentioned Collision system before full braking was applied on the day of the accident.

It is currently unknown whether the same problem has been experienced by other Impala owners in other parts of the country, but the NHTSA’s swift action in this case so far suggests that the government organization is taking the matter very seriously, though more complaints and evidence are needed to justify a formal recall on the Impala. In the event one is issued though, expect the possible recall to most likely target Impala’s that are equipped with the Forward Collision Avoidance system versus other versions of the 2014 Impala that may not have the system installed. Stay tuned to Autoinfoquest for the latest developments on this ongoing investigation as they become available.

Cadillac To Reward $100 For Test Drives

In a bid to reverse a recent trend of slipping sales as well as lure more buyers to its showrooms. Cadillac has announced that it will be rewarding a $100 gift card to qualifying buyers that come to take a test drive of one of its offerings.

As mentioned earlier this new program (which was launched last month) is designed to help sales rebound from a 6.3 percent slump which occurred during the first half of 2014 after a 21 percent growth in overall sales during 2013. Open to anyone 21 years of age or older, interested customers must have a valid drivers license as well as proof of insurance before they are allowed to go on a test drive which will entitled them to a $100 prepaid Visa gift card. As a neat bonus buyers that decide to purchase a new Cadillac after the test drive will be rewarded an additional incentive of $1,500.

Bill Peffer, U.S. vice president for Cadillac sales and service revealed to the Detroit News ” This is our way of trying to reach out and get people”. He elaborated further stating “The way to conquest in that super competitive market is to get peoples seats in seats. While this particular program may appear to be a gimmicky way of attracting sales, some analysts disagree with this notion, saying that it can actually be a very effective way of motivating sales. ALG president Larry Dominique offered his insight stating “It’s actually a pretty inexpensive marketing campaign.

In our opinion however, the cost of the campaign (while an impressive feat in its own right) overshadows a key factor that could lead to its potential success and that is the brands current lineup which is the strongest it has been in years with the recent launches of the ATS and CTS sport sedans which have both played a key role in establishing Cadillac as a formidable competitor to established rivals such as BMW, Mercedes Benz, and Audi. In addition to this dynamic duo, the brand is also rolling out the ATS Coupe as well as the re-imagined 2015 Escalade SUV which aim to further bolster the brand’s new-found resurgence and overall credibility with buyers. Only time will tell if this initiative will help improve Cadillac’s sales projections, but we here at  Autoinfoquest like the idea and wish it the best.

Review: 2014 MINI Cooper S

During its time in production, the MINI Cooper hatchback has always had a knack for providing buyers a healthy dose of the unexpected during its long run in production. While originally designed 50 years ago as a minimalist interpretation of basic transportation, the Cooper slowly evolved from this meager role into a symbol of automotive rebelliousness thanks to its cheeky styling, go kart-esque handling, and its quirky interior design which helped it earn many fans and supporters. That said, does the 2014 MINI Cooper S have what it takes to walk in the lofty shoes of its R56 platformed predecessor, or has its new-found maturity robbed it of its unique identity? Read on to find out.

The exterior styling conIMG_7848tinues the basic mellow bad boy motif that prior MINI’s have been known for. Howeve,r unlike the previous generation which was brash but a bit rough around the edges in certain aspects. The 2014 MINI Cooper has been redesigned from the ground up, and that has brought a new-found sense of refinement and freshness to the overall design. The front fascia is much more composed and assertive than before and while I was not personally a big fan of the black bar in the lower part of the front grille, I did like the new LED daytime running lamp ring in the redesigned headlamps which not only adds a dash of elegance to the Cooper’s face, but also doubles as a turn signal for passing maneuvers which is a nice feature.

The slightly tweaked rear fascia is a bit bland in comparison, but new tail lights do an admirable job of sprucing up things and look great doing it. Thankfully some elements from older models (such as the trademark white roof and blacked out B-Pillars) have been retained amid the flurry of changes which should please MINI enthusiasts seeking familiarity with past models, while the pushed to the corners placement of the wheels gives it a purposeful yet compact profile.

The interior of the 2014 MINI Cooper S has also been reworked, but unlike the exterior and its rather modest redesign, MINI designers went all out in their efforts at redesigning the cabin and have transformed it into a luxurious yet inviting place to spend time in. This is a nice change from the interior of the previous generation which had chintzy material quality, frustrating ergonomic issues with buttons and switches scattered randomly throughout the cabin, as well as a stereo interface that only a mother could love but IMG_7851required a tech savvy teenager to operate it correctly. Thankfully I’m pleased to report that much of the ergonomic chaos has been eliminated with switches such as the window controls moved to their traditional places on the doors, while the overall quality of plastics and materials has gotten much better. The 1.1 inch longer wheel base and wider front and rear track leave their mark on the cabin with overall room increasing by a lofty 8 cubic feet. This allows the car to have commendable head and leg room though the backseats are still a realm left for small children or friends of short stature. The cloth/leatherette seats in my tester had good lower and upper back support and also did a good job of keeping me planted in place during spirited driving (leather clad seats are available as an option). As a neat bonus, cargo room also goes up by an extra cubic feet which aides in overall practicality.

A key change that MINI enthusiasts may notice is that the giant dash-mounted gauge no longer houses the speedometer and fuel gauge in its immense space with MINI designers kindly moving those items to their traditional location behind the steering wheel. This allows the driver to read information from these gauges at a glance which reduces driver distraction, as well as remove excess clutter from the center stack. The gauges are pleasing to look at, but the rim of the steering wheel does obscure the upper half of the speedometer and tachometer for taller drivers which requires a seat adjustment to remedy the problem. As for the fore-mentioned Big Ben sized gauge, it is still present but now serves as a key component of the new stereo system which utilizes a 8.8 inch screen to display features such as navigation, climate, and infotainment options. The screens image quality was very good and crisp though the controls do take a moment of acclimation to use efficiently especially the oddly placed controller for MINI’s version of I-Drive which is located in an awkward spot below the center armrest. The stereo also houses a ring of LED lights which change color for a wide variety of functions. While I personally think its an unnecessary piece of visual gimmickry, it is a neat idea and should do a good job entertaining buyers with its swath of colors and uses.

Performance for the 2014 MINI Cooper S comes from a new 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder engine which is good for a healthy 192 horsepower and a solid 206 lb-ft of torque (221 lb-ft via overboost). This engine is smoother than the old 1.6 liter four cylinder that it replaces with less of the gritty coarse soundtrack that defined the old S model. IMG_7849Furthermore while there is still some turbo lag, it is less prevalent than before and acceleration is brisk and snappy with the turbo fully spooled. All of this power is routed to the front wheels through a standard six speed manual or my testers optional automatic gearbox. Shifts were smooth though the fuel efficiency minded shift program (which tended to race towards sixth gear) did rob the car of some off the line punch. Thankfully this minor quibble is defeated by putting the car in sport mode and using the strategically placed steering wheel mounted paddles.

Handling is also crisp with plenty of feedback from the steering as well as minimal bodyroll though the suspensions jittery behavior over sharp divots is still present and is a reminder of similar behavior with the old model. That said ride quality is otherwise quite smooth and absorbs many road imperfections quite well which should please buyers that still want a bit of comfort in their purchase.

Pricing for the 2014 MINI Cooper S starts at $23,600 though options and extras do continue with MINI tradition and quickly inflate the overall price with my “Thunder Gray” metallic tester ringing in at a lofty $32,695. For this price, the MINI is undercut in price by many competitors such as the Volkswagen GTI, Mazda 3 hatchback, as well as indirect competitors such as the Ford Mustang, and the Buick Verano Turbo which brings more power and luxury for a few thousand less, and even throws in the automatic as a no cost alternative to the six speed manual (mine rang in at just under $30,000 thanks to GM incentives). As is the case with other MINI models, strategic selection of options does trim the financial impact to a degree and helps reduce the cost of entry by up to $4,000. Overall the 2014 MINI Cooper S is a vastly improved car, and while its ability to deliver sticker shock is still intact. Its refined styling, more powerful engine, and host of interior improvements should please MINI loyalists while also opening the brand to a broader range of customers at the same time and that’s a win in our book.

( A special thank you to the folks at Motor City MINI in Southfield Michigan for allowing me to check out the 2014 MINI Cooper S as well as the opportunity to drive the one featured in this review).

Mercedes Teases Interior Of Upcoming AMG GT Supercar

Mercedes Benz has released the first official images of its upcoming AMG GT supercar which will replace the SLS when it makes its expected debut at the 2014 Paris Auto Show and serve as a crisper yet lighter competitor to rivals from Audi and Ferrari when it eventually makes its way to a Mercedes dealership near you in the near future.

However despite the AMG GT’s mission and purpose as a continuation of where the SLS left off during its time in production, the company has downplayed the car’s connection to the SLS family stating that while it does share that model’s transaxle configuration, the overall build and basic construction of the unit is more compact which helps reduce AMG GT Interiorweight and allows more space. This also means that the car will not be a direct evolution of the SLS, but rather a new model that will forge its own path in many aspects of its design.

Speaking of design, Mercedes is currently keeping the exterior styling a closely guarded secret until its official Paris debut, but it has kindly revealed a pair of pictures that show off the car’s interior. Serving as a distinct evolution of the SLS’s interior, it features that model’s retro styled air vents, as well as the trademark wide dash layout. However Mercedes designers also hinted at the car’s performance heritage in two clever ways, the first being the newly reworked center stack which was designed to visually resemble a NACA scoop, while the controls for the built-in AMG Drive Unit were subtly arraigned to closely mimic the exact cylinder layout of a V8 engine. It’s minor subtle details like these that not only highlight the car’s fun to drive appeal, but also encourages designers to be creative and unique in their interior designs (a win win in our book).

Performance data has also been treated to the same level of secrecy, but we here at Autoinfoquest suspect that power for the AMG GT will most likely come from the brand’s soon to be released 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8 which has the potential to produce well over 400 horsepower with other variants pushing that figure even higher. It would not only be a good way to debut this unique power-plant, but it would also be a much more efficient offering than what is wielded by other competitors in its elite segment. Stay tuned to Autoinfoquest for the latest developments on the Mercedes Benz AMG GT as they become available.

 

 

Aston Martin Unveils 2015 Vantage GT, Starts At $102,725

While Aston Martin has never been touted for the affordability of its models during its illustrious history, the company has decided to take a stab at this very notion with the unveiling of the newest member of the Vantage model family the 2015 Vantage GT which features plenty of cues from the company’s racing history as well as a lower base price which should make the model more accessible to buyers while also making it stand out from competitors such as the Jaguar F-Type as well as recent entries from Ferrari.

While the exterior styling changes little from the familiar, stylish, yet somewhat dated Fisker penned masterpiece thAston Vantage GT 2at first made its debut in 2005, Aston designers have managed to retain a sense of exclusivity and freshness with new graphite hued 19-inch alloy wheels, as well as black trim pieces on the windows, headlights, exhaust tips, and taillights. Buyers can also enhance the GT’s visual punch further by choosing the optional graphics package. Similar to the one that adorns the Vantage N430 model, it features contrasting color accents for the grille, mirror caps, rear diffuser, as well as the A-pillar on coupe versions.

Meanwhile the leather lined interior of the GT also retains the same basic design aAston Vantage GT 6nd layout that we have seen in other Vantage models, but Aston stylists have made the cabin more performance focused with new carbon fiber door sills, Alcantara door accents, and the supportive but comfortable sport seats borrowed from its range topping cousin the V12 Vantage S which should do a good job of keeping occupants firmly in place during sharp cornering. Buyers can choose from black or gray with both hues featuring yellow, red, black or gray contrast accents for maximum diversity and to satisfy a wide range of customer preferences .

Performance for the Vantage GT comes from the familiar tweaked 4.7 liter V8 that also see’s duty in the Vantage S. Good for a healthy 430 horsepower and 361 lb-ft of torque, these figures allow the car to make the sprint to 60 mph in a swift 4.6 seconds before Aston Vantage GT 5topping out at a commendable 190 mph. All of this power is sent to the rear wheels through either the slick and standard issue six speed manual gearbox, or the optional single clutch seven speed “SportShift II” automated manual. Handling hardware is also carried over from the Vantage S which should please enthusiasts looking to push the GT to its limits on their favorite back road.

 

Pricing for the 2015 Vantage GT is set to begin at $102,725 for the coupe, and a slightly higher $117, 225 for the roadster variant which is a lofty price cut of $18,500 and $18,000 respectively when compared to the standard V8 Vantage coupe and roadster. Look for the car to make its official debut at the 2014 New York Auto Show with sales expected to begin this fall for U.S. buyers.

 

Kia’s Revamped 2015 Sedona Unveiled

In its latest attempt to topple established minivan rivals such as the Toyota Sienna, Honda Odyssey, as well as the iconic Chrysler Town & Country, Kia has lifted the veil off of its latest people hauler offering, the 2015 Kia Sedona which aims to blitz the minivan segment with its mixture of bold styling and healthy abundance of technology that aims to satisfy the needs of young families that want something that visually stands out, while still offering the high levels of safety and capability that one comes to expect from a minivan.

The exterior styling is a ble8446_1_2nd of cues from Kia’s other offerings with hints of Optima and Cadenza scattered throughout the purposeful yet bold design which completely blows its bland and drab predecessor out of the water in terms of visual punch and stance. The enlarged front grille also shares similarities with the fore-mentioned models, but the headlights now feature a new swept back design which makes them look more modern and up to date than the old model’s units.

Meanwhile the rising belt line is similar to designs seen in some of its rivals especially the “thunderbolt” style belt line that made its appearance on the current generation Honda Odyssey. The rear fascia is a bit blander when compared to the revamped front end but mean looking tail lights add a welcome dash of aggression which can’t be said of rivals such as the Chrysler Town & Country and Toyota Sienna.

The interior has also been revamped, and now boasts more front shoulder room than before, as well as greater amounts of leg room for all three rows of seats. Kia claims that the Sedona’s modular based seating system can be configured to haul seven to eight passengers while second row occupants can get a taste of luxury with the optional “First 8453_1_2Class” lounge seats which boast retractable leg rests and improved levels of comfort and support. Kia engineers have also updated the firms familiar UVO entertainment system and have added four new features curfew alert, speed alert, geo fencing, as well as a novel driving score program. The electronic wizardry also extends to the Surround View Mirror which incorporates live real time images from cameras positioned all around the vehicle as well as a suite of optional drivers assistance features that aim to reduce distractions as well as enhance the overall driving experience.

Performance comes from Kia’s familiar 3.3 liter V6 which also see’s duty in the Cadenza and Sorento CUV. While it’s commendable 276 horsepower is less than the 283 8460_1_2horsepower wielded by the Town & Country’s 3.6 liter Pentastar engine, it is more oomph than what you get from both the Honda Odyssey and the V6 variant of the Toyota Sienna. All of this muscle is routed to the front wheels through a six speed automatic transmission which promises to deliver smooth shifts as well as excellent fuel economy.

Look for the 2015 Kia Sedona to make its official debut at the 2014 New York Auto Show later this week, with the first production units making their way to a Kia showroom near you later this year with pricing and fuel mileage ratings being revealed closer to its official launch.

 

Chevrolet Drops The Top On the 2015 Corvette Z06 Convertible

After promising that it planned to unveil a droptop sibling to the Z06 coupe at the New York Auto Show next week, Chevrolet has followed through and has officially unveiled the fruits of its efforts (the 2015 Corvette Z06 Convertible) ahead of its Big Apple debut.

The exterior styling retains many of the themes that first appeared on the Z06 Coupe at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. We liked the function over form styling back then and its thankfully business as usual for this new droptop with its revised front fascia providing a meaner face as well as revised aerodynamics which work hand in hand 2015-Chevrolet-CorvetteZ06conv-052-1000with the tweaked rear end to help keep the car planted to the road during spirited driving. However while its purpose built accents certainly make it stand out from lesser Vettes, the real highlight here is its electronically operated softtop which can be lowered remotely via the keyfob as well as on the move at speeds up to 30 mph. Buyers looking for more visual distinction can order the top in four different colors with each palate choice featuring sound canceling padding and a durable rear glass window standard.

Furthermore unlike many other droptop versions of its competitors which feature compromised handling and increased weight, the new aluminum chassis wa2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06s designed to accommodate a convertible from the very beginning with 20 percent more stiffness than the previous generation Z06 coupe (an impressive achievement). As a result, Chevrolet claims that the Z06 Convertible does not suffer from these expected ailments and provides a driving experience largely identical to that found in its fixed roof counterpart which should please Vette enthusiasts and buyers.

“Until recently it was not possible to create a lightweight, open-roof structure strong enough to cope with the braking, cornering, and acceleration of Corvette’s top performance models,” Juechter said. “The frame for the Z06 convertible leverages advancements in computer-aided engineering, metallurgy, and manufacturing techniques many of which were not available just five years ago.”

Performance hardware for the Z06 Convertible is carried over from the coupe which means the familiar 6.2 liter supercharged LT4 V8 still provides an impressive 625 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06horsepower and an equally potent 635 lb-ft of torque with all of this open air grunt going to the rear wheels through either a standard seven speed manual gearbox with built in rev-matching technology, or the optional eight speed paddle shift automatic transmission. As a cool bonus the range topping Z07 Performance package is available for those seeking the optimal open air driving experience and brings goodies such as carbon ceramic brakes, Michelin Sport Cup 2 tires, and fully adjustable front and rear aerodynamic assemblies to the festivities.

Look for the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible to make its official debut at the 2014 New York Auto Show where it will share the stage with two other new Chevrolet models. Pricing information will be released closer to its arrival in Chevrolet showrooms, though don’t expect the cost of admission to deviate too greatly from the Z06 Coupe.

 

Chevrolet Showcases 2015 Silverado High Country HD

In an announcement released earlier today, Chevrolet has revealed that it plans to expand the availability of its top tier High Country trim level to its duo of heavy duty Silverado variants the 2500 and 3500 HD which would allow them to do battle with luxury laden rivals such as the Ram 2500 and 3500 Laramie Longhorn lineup as well as Ford’s King Ranch spec trucks.

Originally exclusive to the 1500 Silverado, the HD versions of the High Country receive much of the exterior tweaks that originally debuted on the 1500 version which include body color front and rear bumpers, a chrome laden front grille, and six inch tubular 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD High Countrychrome steps to assist with entering and exiting the truck. As expected model exclusive badging is also a part of the package, while big chrome wheels add a much needed dose of flair to the trucks stance with 2500’s donning 20 inch hoops, while single wheel 3500’s wield slightly smaller 18 inch wheels with 3500 dualies and their 17 inch wheels rounding out the trio of wheel choices.

The interior also steps up its game in High Country trim with saddle brown perforated leather inserts scattered throughout the cabin, while the extensive list of standard equipment includes upscale goodies such as a Bose audio system, heated and ventilated front seats, Chevrolet’s familiar MyLink infotainment system, as well as front and rear parking sensors to aide drivers when maneuvering the truck in tight spaces. Buyers opting 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD High Countryfor even higher levels of luxury and convenience can also equip their truck with options such as a Blue-Ray rear entertainment system, navigation, sunroof, and the model exclusive “High Country” premium package that includes a special driver alert suite, heated steering wheel, and power adjustable pedals.

Performance for High Country variants is carried over from the standard Chevy HD lineup with buyers choosing from either a gasoline or CNG capable version of the 6.0 liter V8, or the optional 6.6 liter Duramax turbodiesel V8 which is good for 397 horsepower and an intimidating 765 lb-ft of torque. While this trio of power-plants caters to a wide range of customer needs and preferences, Buyers will not have the same level of choice when it comes to body style with Crew cab being the sole configuration available for High Country duty.

Look for more details (such as official pricing) to be released closer to the truck’s official debut in New York, with the first units arriving at a Chevrolet dealership near you sometime this summer.