The current generation of Chevy’s half-ton pickup has been around for a while and we can say that GM engineers did a good job with the last redesign. The new model is more capable than ever, but also offers a lot of refinement. However, Chevy still lacks in terms of off-roading. While there is the Z71 Off-Road package in the offer, there is no version that could compete with Raptor or Ram TRX. Therefore, it’s no wonder that we are getting a lot of reports about the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2, which could finally put Chevy on the map.
At this point, the officials are still quiet about this version. So, the only thing we can do is to speculate. Of course, we would expect to see a lot of upgrades, both visual and mechanical ones. Some even speculate about a more powerful engine. In any case, take the following paragraphs with a reserve.
2022 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 Redesign
Of course, the first thing that comes to mind is the mechanical aspect of the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2. Without any doubt, this version would come with some serious off-road hardware. For reference, the Z71 package already includes a decent list of features. You can find goodies like Rancho twin-tube shocks, hill descent control, skid plates, a heavy-duty air filter, a two-speed transfer case, a locking differential etc. We would expect the ZR2 to take everything to the next level and offer even tougher suspension and other important upgrades.
Naturally, we would also expect to see a styling that matches the model’s off-road character. Therefore, new bumpers, skid plates, exclusive wheels and would certainly come, as well as some exclusive color options and graphics.
On the inside, most of the things would remain the same. Still, the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 would probably come with a little bit more durable materials, as well as with new color combinations. Furthermore, we would expect to see a few more upgrades, such as new pedals, seats and similar things. An exclusive instrument cluster is another thing that comes to mind.
When it comes to cab styles, we wouldn’t expect to see this version with a single row of seats. On the other side, both double and crew cab layouts seem quite likely. Since we are talking about a pretty expensive version of the truck, a long list of standard tech and convenience features seems natural as well.
2022 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 Engine
If we look at Silverado’s current engine lineup, a 6.2-liter V8 would be an excellent choice. With 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, it seems more than capable enough to move this off-roader properly. However, today’s automotive world is all about numbers, which means that Chevy’s would probably have to offer something more powerful. The new RAM TRX Hellcat features a monstrous engine with 700+ horsepower, while the new Raptor could also come with a similarly powered V8. Therefore, Silverado would have to follow the same matrix.
That would probably mean borrowing the engine from Camaro. Of course, that’s the same 6.2-liter unit, but a unit that gets significant help from a supercharger. So, the total output goes up to 650 horsepower. How likely is this to happen, it’s hard to say at the moment.
2022 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 Release Date and Price
At this point, the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 is still just a rumor and the officials are still quiet. Therefore, we can only rely on unofficial reports, which suggest the new model could hit the marker already in the next year. If it arrives, we presume the price would go somewhere around 55-60.000 dollars.