The new 2022 ZR2 is the third factory-lifted truck from Chevrolet.
60% of Silverado sales go to Trail Boss and Z71 models.
The 2022 Silverado family gets a slew of updates and upgrades.
It’s no secret that the Chevrolet Silverado is a key player in GM’s bottom line. In order to keep volumes large, investments in the products must also be large and for 2022, the Silverado gets a number of upgrades that will be noticed. The most important addition is the new 2022 Silverado ZR2.
Above all the changes and improvements brought to the Chevrolet Silverado for the 2022 model year, the introduction of a new ZR2 trim is by far the most newsworthy. Though the new 2022 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 might not be the Ford Raptor or Ram TRX fighter GM truck fans likely wanted, it will, without a doubt, become popular.
The current generation of the Chevrolet Silverado dates back to 2019 and for the most part, has been well-received. More precisely, the rugged and off-road-oriented Trail Boss and Z71 models have as they account combined for 60% of all Silverado sales. As the third factory-lifted truck, it might not out-sell the others if mostly because of its higher projected retail price.
Inspired by the fabulous Chevrolet Colorado ZR2’s success, the Silverado will be privy to a number of features once reserved for the midsize pickup. The most significant is the Multimatic 40mm DSSV spool-valve dampers. They feature three separate spool valves to control damping and three connected chambers for fluid flow. They endow the Colorado with impressive on-road and extraordinary off-road manners. With them are fitted uniquely-tuned springs that, united with the dampers, increase maximum front and rear suspension travel.
The ZR2 rides on exclusive 33-inch off-road MT tires mounted on 18-inch wheels. All told, like Trail Boss and Z71, the ZR2 is delivered with a 2-inch lift that, when combined with its 33-inch tires (over the Trail Boss’ 32s) does offer more ground clearance for a total of 11.2 inches. The extra clearance and specific bumpers provide the truck with serious approach and departure angles, to the tune of 31.8 and 23.3 degrees respectively. Keeping the underbody dent-free is a unique skid plat package.
The ZR2 is powered by GM’s 6.2-litre V8 which delivers 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque, mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. GM has noted that other engine options are possible in the future; time and customers will tell. Other cool features for the ZR2 are Terrain Mode which allows one-pedal rock crawling and front and rear electronic locking differentials.
The 2022 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 distinguishes itself from the other Silverados with a new black hood insert, a unique grille with integrated lighting, a “flow-tie” emblem, and ZR2 badges.
All 2022 Silverado trims are comprehensively facelifted as well. They get a new grille and revised fascia with lower headlamps, and LT trims and higher gain animated LED turn signals. With the exception of the WT and Trail Boss, all versions see their interiors refreshed. Now included are a new digital and configurable 12.3-inch instrument cluster along with a larger 13.4-inch touchscreen with Google built-in, wireless Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto capability. As well, all versions with bucket seats (so not the 40/20/40 front bench) can optionally see the column shifter replaced by a shifter in the centre console.
Upper trims such as the High Country and LTZ earn more refined touches in the form of stainless steel speaker grilles and other high-end materials such as open-pore wood trim for the High Country. The latter is also the first Silverado that will be offered with optional Super Cruise technology. GM noted that this hands-free driver-assistance technology will potentially be offered as an option on lower trims.
Finally, the only 4-cylinder engine in the segment gets even better for 2022. The 2.7-litre turbocharged mill is now supplied with a 30% stiffer crankshaft that sits in a stiffened and strengthened block. The engine is now stronger, quieter, and more efficient than ever. It’s also more powerful as it now produces a massive 420 lb.-ft. of torque along with 310 horsepower. The extra torque provides improved driveability and fewer downshifts in passing maneuvers. As well, the popular and efficient 3.0-litre Duramax turbo diesel can now tow even more thanks to extra differential cooling and frame improvements.
The 2022 Chevrolet Silverado is expected in showrooms in Q1 of 2022. Pricing for all models including the hot new ZR2 will be announced closer to the launch date.