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Chevrolet shows apocalyptic Black Ops Silverado

3:44 AM, Oct 1, 2013   |    comments
The SEMA Black Ops concept, based on the Chevrolet Silverado Crew Cab 4x4. (Photo: Chevrolet)
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As if most big pickups weren't intimidating enough, along comes the Black Ops concept version of the Chevrolet Silverado.

The truck, apparently designed to show the new 2014 Silverado at its macho best, is "a survival kit on four wheels," says Chevrolet design manager Dave Ross in a statement.

With the survivalist craze sweeping reality TV, this truck is yet another attempt at showing what a rugged vehicle in a post-meltdown world might look like. Of course, there are little issues like availability of gasoline as the world devolves into chaos, but let's put that aside for the moment.

The custom truck has body armor -- since you're almost sure to be attacked by those with lesser trucks. The lockable, bed-mounted Truck Vault storage unit holds a solar power pack, a pair of gas masks, gloves, military first-aid kit, a folding shovel and a rope. There's also a winch on the front, generator, fuel can and water tank and crate stocked with food.

What? No gun rack?

If you have to get to those supplies -- or your rifle -- in a hurry, Black Ops has the Silverado's available CornerStep bumper.

Inside, Chevy has packed the truck with enough luxury touches that you might forget the world is coming to an end. There are custom-trimmed black seats with yellow piping. The MyLink system makes it easy to upload songs -- lots of country music, we suspect -- from a smartphone. We're not sure smartphones will still be working in the chaos, so drivers had better bring along a few pre-loaded thumb drives.

Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY

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