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General Motors will soon sell more off-road pickup trucks than any other automaker in the world. Just as the GMC brand looks to grow and expand its AT4X family, the same is going on at Chevrolet with its ZR2 sub-brand. With front lockers, bigger tires, Multimatic DSSV dampers, improved clearance angles, and loads of underbody armor, both the ZR2 and AT4X formulas appear to be something that are ultimately scalable up and down the truck lineup, from the midsize Canyon and Colorado to the behemoth Silverado and Sierra HD trucks. But wait, there’s more. Chevrolet looks to soon debut one of the most capable off-road half-ton trucks ever with the upcoming 2023 Silverado ZR2 Bison, which was officially teased on the American Expedition Vehicles Facebook page.

American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) was paramount in the development of the Colorado ZR2 Bison, which hit the market in late 2018. It was so popular that every Bison allocation was spoken for the following year, and continues to be the case. Compared to the standard ZR2, the Colorado ZR2 Bison incorporated AEV rock sliders, AEV wheels, AEV front bumper with integrated fog lamps, hot stamped boron steel skid plates, a unique “CHEVROLET” grille insert, and AEV badging inside and out. The same will be the case for the 2023 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 Bison, which MC&T first reported on before anybody else.

The Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 Bison stands to be a very unique truck in the market, as both Ford and Ram have opted to lean into the high-speed desert, trophy-truck inspired off-road pickups with the F-150 Raptor and Ram 1500 TRX, respectively. The ZR2 takes more of a rock-crawling, overlanding approach by maintaining its footprint compared to the standard truck (it’s not a widebody), as well as being the only truck in the segment with a true locking front differential. It also comes with a loaded interior, and a naturally aspirated 6.2L L87 V8 engine. You’ll just have to pay Raptor money for it, despite being down on power in comparison. As for the Bison, expect further off-road capabilities, more body armor, and differentiated looks.

Stay tuned to MC&T for more 2023 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 Bison news as it happens.

2022 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison Sand Dune Metallic
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Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.


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