Chevrolet just unveiled two new concept trucks at the State Fair of Texas focused on emergency response teams.
Called the Silverado Z71 Volunteer Firefighter concept, one of the two is aimed at volunteer firefighters and wears custom paint to designate that. It also features an emergency light bar, a siren, a PA system, fire extinguishers, an axe, Halligan tool and plenty of places to store tools. The cab is also outfitted with chrome-plated accents and reflective bolster material.
Chevrolet uses its EcoTec3 5.3-liter V8 with 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with hill descent control. As you might have guessed, the Z71 badging indicates an upgraded suspension in both the front and rear. It also comes with wider wheels and tires to improve handling.
The same engine and transmission power GM’s other concept truck too. Taking a more sinister tone, the Silverado Black Ops concept features a raised suspension instead of the same upgrades offered with the previous concept. Instead of tools for fighting fires, this version has fabricated lower body armor and a storage vault in the bed loaded with gas masks, rope, a solar power pack and a military first aid kit among other things.
There’s also a crate stocked with food, a generator, a fuel can and water car all in the bed. Around the front, Chevrolet included a winch. The cabin has also been revised with custom black seats and yellow trim.
Both concepts will be at the 2013 SEMA Show in Las Vegas this November, too.
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