Not too long ago, the Jeep Wrangler was what you bought if you wanted to leave pavement and venture off-road. Now, however, rugged SUVs and pickup trucks are a dime a dozen, and different models are perfectly suited to different terrains. From Jeep’s Rubicon rock crawlers to the original desert running Ford F-150 Raptor, more and more models are joining the off-road scene. While Chevrolet has the midsize Colorado ZR2 in its off-road arsenal, they don’t yet have a full size pickup to combat the Ford F-150 Raptor or upcoming Ram Rebel TRX, which is odd. While this rendering, by @superrenderscars on Instagram, doesn’t really answer what that would look like, the strange combination of a Raptor body with a Camaro ZL1 front works better than it has any right to.
It’s a pretty simple redesign, with a Ford F-150 Raptor supercab forming the base. That 2.5 door body style is going away for the next generation F-150 Raptor, which is supposedly coming as a 2021 model. Then, a Camaro ZL1 front bumper, grille and headlights are swapped in place of the regular Ford front end. While it’s certainly a strange look, it doesn’t look as bad as it sounds on paper.
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More than anything, though, it makes us sad we don’t yet have a Raptor-fighting Chevy Silverado, especially when Ram’s competitor is coming this summer with Hellcat power. Back in fall 2019, rumors were circulating about an off-road orientated Silverado ZRX coming for the 2022 model year and we even saw a teaser for the model in a race truck, but the news on this model has been silent recently. It’s still a little ways out if the original timetable holds, though.
Our reporting suggested the truck would follow a similar path of the Colorado ZR2: not crazy on power, but exceptional off-road capability. This would be achieved with an off road suspension, Multimatic DSSV dampers, front and rear locking diffs and altered bodywork. Power will probably come from either a 6.2L L87 small block V8 with 420 hp or a 3.0L Duramax LM2 diesel engine with 277 hp. Like we said, it won’t be a power monster like the 707 hp Hellcat powered Ram Rebel TRX. Even the V8 is low on power compared to the competition.
If this model is indeed still coming, we hope to hear more about it soon.