The 2022 Chevy Silverado ZR2 Is Officially Going After the Ford Raptor

We’ve been keeping an eye on the 2022 Chevy Silverado ZR2 to see if it’s going to go big or if it should stay home. Now it’s official. This new Chevrolet Silverado off-roading truck is definitely going big! 

The 2022 Chevy Silverado ZR2 will threaten rivals 

The 2022 Chevy Silverado Z2R badge
2022 Chevy Silverado ZR2 badge | Chevrolet

It’s about time Chevy heats up the competition among beastly off-roading trucks. The Ford Raptor and the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX have been stealing the show for months while Chevy has been sitting on the bench. 

But the 2022 Chevy Silverado ZR2 could change the game. We didn’t know if it would incorporate lighter off-roading upgrades like the Trail Boss or Ford F-150 FX4 package, but now significant upgrades have been confirmed. 

What to expect with the Silverado ZR2 

The 2022 Chevy Silverado ZR2 is taking pages from the Chevy Colorado ZR2’s playbook. Chevy released a teaser for the off-roading truck that’s for those who love the mud. The video mentions that we will learn more about this truck in the fall, so we don’t have to wait much longer! 

Rumors suggest that the Silverado ZR2 has been spotted on massive 35-inch rugged, all-terrain tires. Newly upgraded underbody skidplates and have been seen as well. They are similar to what’s found on the Raptor and Ram TRX. 

Based on the Colorado ZR2, we can speculate that the Silverado ZR2 will be designed to offer exceptional performance from technical rock-crawling and tight two-track trails to high-speed desert running and daily driving. 

You can expect a two-inch factory-installed lift along with front and rear electronically locking differentials. The Silverado ZR2 is also expected to gain the Colorado ZR2’s segment-exclusive Multimatic Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve (DSSV) damper technology. 

The Colorado features a Rear Vision camera, StabiliTrak electronic stability control, trailer sway control, and hill-start assist. The Silverado will probably feature a few tech upgrades, such as a 360-degree surround-view camera, hill descent control, and new off-roading modes. 

How much power will the 2022 Silverado ZR2 have? 

A silver 2020 Chevrolet Silverado Custom Trail Boss driving
2020 Chevrolet Silverado Custom Trail Boss | Chevrolet

The 2021 Ram 1500 TRX has a 6.2-liter V8 engine with 702 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. The 2021 Ford Raptor features a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 450 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque. It also has a more powerful V8 on the way for 2022. 

The 2022 Chevy Silverado ZR2 could arrive with the 6.2-liter L87 V8 engine with 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque, which would be a little disappointing. Although, the 2022 Silverado 1500 LT Trail Boss gets the 3.0-liter Duramax I-6 engine with 277 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. 

Plus, the 4.3-liter V6 and the 5.3-liter V8 engines are both being dropped for 2022. This could mean that new engine options are on the way to replace them. But we might not receive any more updates until the ZR2 debuts this fall. 

The new Silverado ZR2 is expected to undercut the price of the Ram TRX with an MSRP that’s around $60,000. This will make it closer to the Ford Raptor’s price. But the 2022 Ford Raptor R and more powerful Silverado could raise the bar.

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