2022 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 Slated to Demote Trail Boss as Toughest Truck

Christian Wardlaw | Sep 02, 2020

Rumor has it that Chevrolet will not let Ford and Ram dominate the off-road performance truck segment for long. As part of a 2022 model-year refresh, the Chevy Silverado is expected to get a new ZR2 Package that transforms the company’s full-size light-duty pickup into a capable rock-hopper in the same way that upgrade modifies the Chevy Colorado ZR2 (shown here).

2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Ground Clearance

However, reports also indicate that the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 will not match the Ford F-150 Raptor nor the Ram 1500 TRX when it comes to mechanical firepower. At best, it would have a 420-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8 engine under its hood, unless Chevy has something else in store. 

Instead, with a focus purely on off-roading capability, the Silverado ZR2 would follow a similar template as the Ram 2500 Power Wagon – and the company’s own Colorado ZR2. 

Based on the Colorado’s modifications, you can expect a Silverado ZR2 to get the same 2-inch suspension lift bestowed upon the existing Trail Boss edition, plus electronic locking front and rear differentials, Multimatic Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve (DSSV) shocks, and all manner of skid-plating and rock-railing combined with a reworked front end that improves the truck’s approach angle. A wider track might also make the cut, and perhaps a Bison upgrade option similar to the Colorado.

Other changes for the 2022 Chevy Silverado include a new MultiFlex tailgate design, which is essentially the same as the MultiPro tailgate offered on the current GMC Sierra. Expect additional functional improvements, such as integrated exterior steps that make it easier to use the Silverado’s deep and capacious bed, as well as an interior makeover that will likely integrate the 10.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system that debuted in the redesigned 2021 Tahoe and Suburban SUVs.

More news is to come regarding the 2022 Chevy Silverado as the truck approaches an expected fall 2021 release date.

The information in this article is from Chevrolet, trusted publications, and speculation by the author. It was accurate on September 2, 2020 but may have changed since that date.

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