2022 Chevy Silverado Pickup Will Add ZR2 Model

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, Automotive Editor - July 2, 2021

Ford has the mighty F-150 Raptor and Ram offers the beastly TRX. Out of the Big Three, Chevrolet is arguably missing out on the ultra-high-performance off-roading pickup scene. That’s about to change soon, or at least we expect it to, as Chevrolet put out a tweet that teased a new ZR2 trim for the brand’s full-size Silverado 1500 truck.

Chevy’s tweet didn’t provide a lot of information. In the tweet, there’s a pickup truck driving through mud, lots of tire spin, and a ZR2 badge being hosed off. Still, based on what we know about the Colorado ZR2 we have a good idea of what’s in store for a ZR2 variant of the Silverado 1500.

Recently, the ZR2 badge has been placed on Chevrolet's most capable off-roading trucks. The midsize Colorado ZR2 has a unique design that’s meant to make it more capable off-road, while boasting some serious hardware upgrades.

A 2-inch lift kit, a 3.5-inch wider track, Multimatic Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve dampers, Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac tires, and 17-inch wheels help the ZR2 go anywhere. For even more grueling terrain, there’s the Colorado ZR2 Bison with heavy-duty skid plates, fender flares, special 17-inch wheels, a front winch, and AEV stamped steel bumpers.

With the upcoming Silverado 1500 ZR2, we expect the full-size truck to come with a lot of the same features as the midsize Colorado ZR2. Some sort of high-tech Multimatic shocks, a rugged design, off-road tires, and more off-roading goodies will likely be standard on the Silverado 1500 ZR2. While the F-150 Raptor and Ram TRX are high-speed Baja machines, we expect the Silverado 1500 ZR2 to be more along the lines of the Ford Tremor and Ram 1500 Rebel trucks.

We expect the Silverado 1500 ZR2 to sit above the LT Trail Boss, but below the LTZ in the pickup truck’s lineup. The pickup should be available with the same engines as the LT Trail Boss, which include a 5.3-liter V8, a 6.2-liter V8, and a 3.0-liter turbodiesel inline-six. Official pricing has not yet been announced.

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Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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