What’s the Release Date and Pricing of the 2022 Chevy Silverado ZR2 Off-Road Truck?

The Chevy Silverado is a wonderful choice for the full-size light-duty pickup truck segment. It offers beefy engine options, high towing and payload capacities, many utility features, and off-road prowess. For even greater off-road capabilities, the Silverado adds a ZR2 off-road truck to the lineup for the 2022 model year. Read more to find out its release date and pricing.

2022 Chevy Silverado ZR2 availability and cost

Blue 2022 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 driving on a rocky road
2022 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 | Chevrolet

The 2022 Silverado will be released in Spring 2022. Chevrolet didn’t announce the official pricing of the ZR2 yet, but the starting price of the off-roading truck is expected to be around $55,000. 

What is the meaning of ZR2?

ZR2 is the label and model name that General Motors and Chevrolet give to its trucks and SUVs that are designed and engineered for enhanced off-road capabilities. The first models to get the ZR2 treatment were the GMC Sonoma and Chevy S-10 pickup trucks in 1994. In 1996, the Chevy Blazer and Tracker added ZR2 models. 

After a hiatus for the ZR2 line, the Colorado midsize pickup truck gained a ZR2 model in 2017. Now, the Silverado, the bigger sibling of the Colorado, offers the pinnacle of Chevy off-road performance with the new ZR2 model for the 2022 model year.

What off-road features does the 2022 Silverado ZR2 offer?

ZR2 badge on blue 2022 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2
2022 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 | Chevrolet

The 2022 Silverado ZR2 comes equipped with many off-road features to enable it to head off the beaten path with ease. This includes an exclusive skid plate package, 33-inch off-road MT tires, front and rear e-lockers, a high-approach steel front bumper, and uniquely tuned springs. Also, the Silverado ZR2 has Multimatic spool-valve dampers, which help to keep the truck planted to the ground when traversing challenging surfaces. Additionally, for one-pedal driving at low speeds over rocky terrain, the Silverado ZR2 has a terrain Mode. 

With its massive tires, the Silverado ZR2 boasts an approach angle of 31.8 degrees. The breakover angle of the Silverado ZR2 is 23.4 degrees, while its departure angle is 23.3 degrees. 

2022 Chevy Silverado ZR2 engine specs and towing/payload capacities

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Propulsion for off-road journeys in the Silverado ZR2 comes courtesy of its 6.2-liter V8 engine. Mated to 10-speed automatic transmission, it doles out 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. Do you have a camping trailer that you want to tow to your favorite wilderness spot? The maximum payload capacity of the Silverado ZR2 is 8,900 pounds. For payload, the Silverado ZR2 has a capacity of 1,440 pounds.

Design features of the 2022 Chevy Silverado ZR2

When heading off-road, it’s likely that the bumper of your vehicle will take a considerable amount of beating. The Silverado ZR2 addresses this with the removable end caps for the bumper, enabling easier replacement. Also, to prevent damage to the dual exhaust, it is located before the rear bumper.

The functional design features of the Silverado ZR2 are complemented by several exclusive aesthetic design features. This includes a distinctive grille with a “flow-tie emblem,” unique 18-inch wheels, a black hood insert, ZR2 badges, and a Jet Black/Graystone leather-trimmed interior.

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