• Meet the New Chevy Silverado ZR2 - A Truck That’s Meant to Go Off-Road

  • The Silverado finally gets the ZR2 trim.
  • The front headlights, among other things, are fresh for the 2022 model year.
  • The new front bumper allows for a greater approach angle of 31.8 degrees.
  • However, the Silverado is not entirely new, they couldn't replace everything could they?
  • The 2022 Silverado gets some new suspension with some crazy spool-valve dampers.
  • This new suspension should make the Silverado live up to the ZR2 nameplate.
  • the 2.7 Liter porker turbo four-cylinder gets several modifications.
  • The Interior was in dire need of a makeover.
  • The ZR2 joins the popular trims of the High Country and the LT.
  • The LT trim is where all the upgrades start.
  • Open pore wood is among the needed improvements to the interior.
  • The new infotainment features Google compatibility.
  • Super Cruise has been added to the Silverado, only here it has been tweaked to work with trailers as well.
  • Overall, the new interior should hold up decently well, unlike the previous interior.

It may be the most rough-and-tumble Silverado ever.

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The Chevy Silverado has been in second place for a long time in terms of the truck market. However, they may be about to get at least somewhat of a jump in sales due to their new redesign and revival of the ZR2 name!

ZR2 is a nameplate we have seen on Chevrolet trucks and SUVs before, but not in this way, not on the Silverado.

The major headline is there is FINALLY A SILVERADO ZR2! While it is mostly the badge that makes the difference, there are some less significant additions, mainly for off-roading, that add up rather quickly.

The Silverado Gets Some Wild Suspension

Meet the New Chevy Silverado ZR2 - A Truck That's Meant to Go Off-Road Exterior
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The most significant upgrade to teh suspension are Multimatic spool-valve dampers. This tech has been around for a few years now, but long story short, it is some pretty advanced stuff that is supposed to make the ride and body control that much more impressive. These have three individual valves to control damping and external reservoirs. Also included in the ZR2 trim are new springs to increase ground clearance, electronic locking differentials, a new skid plate, and a new front bumper that increases the approach angle to 31.8 degrees.

Outside of the new off-road suspension, the new "Terrain Mode," allows you to rock crawl only using one pedal. The exterior styling builds off the current Silverado, however, it gets even more bold and aggressive now. It features an even more enormous grill and slightly different headlights.

Interior and Tech upgrades

Meet the New Chevy Silverado ZR2 - A Truck That's Meant to Go Off-Road Exterior
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The more important styling and tech upgrades are all on the inside, most notably, better materials, a bigger and better infotainment screen spanning 13.4 inches, and a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster. This, along with Google compatibility, basically turns your car into a massive Google Assistant.

Meet the New Chevy Silverado ZR2 - A Truck That's Meant to Go Off-Road Interior
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The new infotainment features Google compatibility.

This is a big deal as the interior in the current Silverado looked dated about three days after it was launched and has not gotten any better with time. So, this new interior is a much-needed upgrade.

The Silverado is also the first GM truck to get their innovative Super Cruise feature, taking it to Tesla’s Autopilot and mostly winning in the process. This is pretty much the same Super Cruise as in other GM products, only here, it is calibrated to work while hauling a trailer. Specifically, to adjust for longer braking distances and higher drag on the highway.

Meet the New Chevy Silverado ZR2 - A Truck That's Meant to Go Off-Road Exterior
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the 2.7 Liter porker turbo four-cylinder gets several modifications.

While we are on the topic of pulling a trailer, Chevy apparently, wants to make it easy enough for a baboon to do it. Adding other systems to aid in the process that takes into account the length of the trailer when changing lanes and make small adjustments to cruise control.

Upgraded engines and towing capabilities

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The Silverado finally gets the ZR2 trim.

Changes were made to the engines as well, at least most of them. The 2.7 Liter porker of a four-cylinder turbo, receives a stronger block and crankshaft. As a result, the bowfins at Chevy have upped the torque to a surprising 420 pound-feet. But, it only gets the 8-speed automatic, as opposed to the 10-speed that is paired with the 5.3- and 6.2- Liter V8s. Why? Chevy did not give a reason. It seems as if the four-cylinder would make good use of two extra gears.

The 3.0-liter Duramax turbo-diesel inline-six also got some alterations, allowing it to now pull up to 13,300 pounds. Meanwhile, the 5.3- and 6.2-liter V8s remain the same. The 6.2-Liter V-8 produces 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque.

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