Chevy Still Considering Regular Cab Short-Box 1500, but CAFE Will Make it Tough

If you saw the press photos from the Middle East showing a regular cab Trail Boss and AT4 and felt jealous, you weren’t alone. But we’ve got good news! Hugh Milne, the Chevrolet Silverado Marketing Director, says you might someday get something similar.

Speaking to Muscle Cars and Trucks, Milne said that the brand is looking into offering more variants of the Silverado.

“We had customers that were disappointed that we didn’t do a reg cab short box, and we’re seeing whether or not (offering one) makes sense,” said Milne. “We’re always evaluating opportunities, but a lot of that is based on greenhouse gas and how that is formulated… good players, bad players, footprints… we’re always trying to balance the portfolio.”

Milne here is referring to Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards, which determine the yardstick fuel economy a vehicle has to read. Put simply, the bigger the vehicle, the laxer the standards are. So a regular cab shorty would be expected to be a lot more fuel-efficient than a crew cab long box, despite both being Silverado 1500s.

That, along with the market for work trucks may be what encouraged Chevrolet to only offer regular cabs in long-bed configuration at launch.

Thanks to the Chevrolet Performance catalog, though, you can still effectively make your own Trail Boss. You’ll just have to settle for practicality over shorty muscle.

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