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2022 CHEVROLET SILVERADO ZR2 SPIED ON VIDEO WITH V8 SOUNDTRACK

Something The Raptor Currently Lacks

2022 2023 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 Rendering
Photo copyright Matheus Pach, Muscle Cars & Trucks.

General Motors has been lacking in the off-road department compared to cross town rivals Ford and Stellantis. Yes, they have the fantastic Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, the Silverado Trail Boss and upcoming Hummer EV, but they just don’t have the wide array of vehicles their rivals offer. Ford has the Raptor and Tremor pickups, and exciting Bronco SUVs, while Stellantis has the iconic Jeep lineup and Ram’s TRX, Rebel and Power Wagon trucks. Luckily, Chevrolet is about to expand their off-road lineup in a big way with the 2022 Silverado ZR2, and it was just captured testing under camo by GM Trucks. The best part? The video appears to show a V8 under the hood, confirming our previous reporting.

The video shows a 2022 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 testing with some more generic versions of the upcoming pickup truck, which are all getting significant updates inside and out to compete with Ford and Ram more proficiently. The tester here has some meaty off-road tires, which look like 35 inchers, and you can hear the faint rumbling of a V8, almost certainly the 6.2L L87, as the truck pulls out of the parking lot.

You can view more detailed photos on GM-Trucks.com, here.

The video also gives us a detailed look at that front end, which looks far less aggressive than we would have hoped at first glance. But those bumper end plates are almost certainly fake, and you can just about see the outline of the real bumper under the camo if you squint. Expect the front wheels to be mostly exposed on the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2, just like the Colorado ZR2.

There’s not too much else these new spy shots show, but they confirm our previous intel that the Silverado ZR2 is coming with V8 horsepower, likely 420 of them thanks to the 6.2 liter V8, chunky off-road 35 inch tires, next-gen Multimatic spool valve dampers, and an all-around off-road focus. All of which has been race-proven on the Chad Hall Chevrolet Silverado.

All that said, it won’t be a direct competitor to the high speed baja-themed Ford F-150 Raptor and Ram TRX, which are designed to tackle wide open spaces with incredible proficiency, but more of a low speed rock crawler thanks to the expectation of front and rear locking differentials, plenty of underbody plating, and improved approach/departure/breakover angles. Think of it as a more capable F-150 Tremor, or a jumbo sized Colorado ZR2. And it has a V8, unlike the F-150 Raptor or Tremor. So while it will likely be a little down on the power figures, the fact that the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 packs a perfect cylinder count could be enough to swing buyers in its favor.

2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 ZR2 Design Sketch
Image via GM Design.

Written by Sam George

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