The new ZR2 will be a distant second to the Raptor and the powerful TRX.
Even in the midst of a pandemic and a global semiconductor chip shortage, the truck market never sleeps. We’ve seen new electric sheet metal from Ford and GMC in the Lightning and Hummer during the last 16 months, but the 2022 Chevy Silverado will only have one mode of propulsion: the internal combustion engine.
For the new year, the Bowtie brand updated its smallest mill, added Super Cruise to the top trim, and finally gave the big truck lineup the off-road ZR2 label.
First, we’ll look at the new model.The 2022 Chevy Silverado ZR2 will be available only with the company’s 6.2-liter pushrod V8 engine, which produces 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque and is mated to a ten-speed automated transmission.
It has the same 2-inch raise as the Trail Boss, but with 33-inch tires instead of 32-inches on the Trail Boss. Because of the larger tires and the redesigned bumper, the ZR2 has a better approach angle of 31.8 degrees. The degrees of departure and break over are 23.3 and 23.4, respectively.
Since 2019, Chevy has been testing the ZR2 Silverado at off-road events such as Best in the Desert and on the trails of Moab to provide customers the most capable Silverado yet.
Multimatic DSSV spool valve dampers with three distinct spool valves for damping adjustment and three connected chambers for fluid flow are included. They essentially keep the tires attached to the road for longer periods of time.
The Terrain Mode, which allows for one-pedal rock crawling in certain scenarios, is another new feature on the ZR2. E-lockers in the front and rear are standard, as is a unique skid plate package. The payload capacity is 1,440 pounds, and the trailer towing capacity is 8,900 pounds.
Now it’s time to move on to the rest of the lineup. There are four engines left to choose from. It all starts with the 2.7-liter turbo-four, which now produces 310 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, up from 348 pound-feet last year.
According to Chevy, a more robust cylinder block casting and a 30 percent stiffer crankshaft were used to reduce noise. It’s mated to an automatic transmission with eight gears.
The 3.0-liter diesel is now available with the maximum towing package, which gives it a towing capacity of 13,300 pounds. Compared to the Silverado LTD, this is a 4,000-pound gain. The engine produces 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. The 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter V8 engines continue to produce 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque, respectively.
Super Cruise is the last killer app, which we believe is the best current hands-free (but still paying attention) autonomous driving solution on the market.
The feature will be available on the High Country trim level and will work on more than 200,000 miles of appropriate roads in the United States and Canada. As with all good systems, Super Cruise uses a camera to monitor the driver to ensure that they are paying attention.
It now has “special calibrations designed to account for the added drag and longer braking distance that occur with trailering,” according to Chevy.
Other notable technological features include Trailer Side Blind Zone Alert, which displays not only the car’s but also the trailer’s blind zones, with a red square indicating when automobiles are approaching the space you want to occupy.
Forward collision warning, lane maintaining, lane departure warning, automated emergency braking, following distance indicator, auto high beams, and front pedestrian braking are all standard on the Chevy Safety Assist.
The 2022 Silverado comes standard with a 13.4-inch touchscreen and a redesigned 12.3-inch driver’s display. When a motorist enters the car, fields, mountains, and streams (along with the Chevy insignia) are displayed in an animated welcome sequence.
It also includes a new horizontal dash made of open-pore wood and other upgraded materials.
Chevy claims that the Trail Boss accounts for 30% of Silverado sales, with the Z71 accounting for another 30%. This means that 60% of Silverados have already been lifted and are ready to go off-road.
Will introducing a second, more difficult trim boost that, or will it simply spread the sales around? We still don’t know. We also have no idea how much it will cost.
Before options, the 2021 Silverado started at a little more than $30,000 and went up to a little more than $60,000. We should mention that the Colorado ZR2 trim starts at roughly 40% more than the base trim, therefore the Silverado ZR2 might cost around $50,000. Before it launches in the first quarter of 2022, we’ll learn more.