During her keynote address at the 2022 CES, General Motors CEO Mary Barra introduced the 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV pickup to the world—but not before throwing a little extra red meat to bow-tie fans. That’s right, after running through the Silverado EV’s sporty RST and jobsite-stalking Work Truck variations, she promised an off-road-oriented Silverado EV Trail Boss is coming. Some video clips of the truck then flashed across screens behind Barra, offering the first glimpse at the future Silverado EV model.

No details were offered beyond the basic confirmation that, yes, a Silverado EV-based Trail Boss will eventually go on sale. (You can watch for yourself in the CES keynote livestream below, starting around the 1:24:00 mark) We can assume that the off-road upgrades to the Silverado EV Trail Boss will mimic those found on Chevy’s gas- and diesel-fed Colorado Trail Boss and Silverado 1500 Trail Boss pickups: a tougher suspension with special dampers, as well as burlier tires, more black body cladding and trim, and model-specific badging.

The Silverado EV Trail Boss that was previewed backs up the visuals described above, with chunky tires on blacked-out wheels and a black fascia used in place of the regular EV’s body-color front end. As you can clearly see, Chevy’s already set the Silverado EV Trail Boss loose in some dirt, though we suspect the model shown here is a prototype. Still, that implies that the Trail Boss might not, ahem, trail the regular versions to market by much time at all.

As it stands, Chevy will release a 400-mile Work Truck variant first, in spring 2023, followed by the Silverado EV RST and RST First Edition models in the fall of that same year. The most affordable model, a lower-range Work Truck model, will come after that. Speculatively, the Trail Boss might arrive whenever that price-leader pickup does, but we’ll need to wait until closer to next year to find out.

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