Chevrolet confirms Silverado ZR2

That’s right, the prototypes we’ve seen around metro Detroit for the past several months are, in fact, the Silverado ZR2 – the full-size off-roader that always made a ton of sense but never seemed to show up. Slotting in above the already-rugged Trail Boss, Chevy’s teaser leads us to believe that the Silverado ZR2 could arrive as soon as the 2022 model year. 

Chevy’s teaser was predictably light, but we expect the Silverado ZR2 will take cues from its smaller sibling and offer an array of off-road-oriented goodies, likely headlined by beefed-up Multimatic DSSV dampers like the ones fitted to Chevy’s Silverado race truck, which, incidentally, also got 35-inch tires and more skid plates. Even with the close-ups in this new teaser, we still can’t make out a tire size, but we wouldn’t be shocked to see the ZR2 follow the race truck in this regard. And if that race truck is a model for the production truck, expect long-travel front suspension arms to arrive too, alongside a suspension lift, electronic locking front and rear differentials and a wider track. 

The prototypes we’ve seen give us a few hints too. The front bumper, particularly when compared to a Trail Boss, seems to be turned up more at the edges for better clearance around the tires. The normal Silverado’s aerodynamic air dam is also missing, which will greatly improve its off-road approach angle. It also sits higher than the Trail Boss prototypes we’ve seen it test alongside. While Chevy still has no Raptor competitor, we’ve seen no indication that the Silverado ZR2 will benefit from any powertrain upgrades, but anything is possible. Chevy says we’ll learn more this fall. 

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