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This is the first Silverado 1500 to be offered for sale in a performance-focused ZR2 format, and as well as looking the part, this new model also features an exciting package of exterior and chassis enhancements for increased off-road performance and capability. Being able to negotiate the toughest off-road terrain is obviously a huge part of the new ZR2’s appeal, but this new addition to the Silverado family also boasts a fabulously comfortable, spacious, and well-equipped interior exclusively designed for the ZR2.
The all-new Silverado 1500 ZR2 makes extremely good use of the most powerful engine from the Silverado 1500 lineup, which is a 6.2-liter V-8 unit that develops a pretty serious 420 horsepower and 460 lb.-ft. of torque. That impressive amount of power then goes exclusively to all four wheels of the ZR2 through a 10-speed automatic transmission, and the extremely capable standard four-wheel-drive system boasts a two-speed transfer case and electronic-locking front and rear differentials. The off-road adventurer credentials of the ZR2 are plain to see with both the styling and the standard equipment list, but normal truck duties are certainly not neglected as the ZR2 is rated to tow up to 8,900 pounds with a conventional hitch is rated for a maximum payload of up to 1,440 pounds.
It’s not unusual for trucks and SUVs to be done up to look like they’re ready for the forest or the jungle but they’re then found wanting when it comes to the actual capability as they don’t really have the chops. However, the 2022 Silverado 1500 ZR2 really does walk to walk just as much as its design talks the talk. The ZR2 features a new high-approach front bumper that delivers an improved 31-degree approach angle that’s vital for serious off-roading, and off-road capability is further enhanced by the set of 33-inch Goodyear Wrangler Territory M/T tires it rides on.
The off-road enhancements don’t stop there though as the ZR2 also comes with Multimatic DSSV spool-valve dampers; new steel front and rear bumpers that are specifically designed for off-road strength, durability, and clearance; some unique skid plates have been fitted to protect the ZR2 from rocks, boulders, and other obstacles; hidden dual-outlet exhausts have been fitted to help deliver a better departure angle; then there’s an enhanced two-speed transfer case with Terrain Mode to make life a little easier for the driver.
The rough, tough, rugged, no-nonsense exterior styling of the 2022 Silverado 1500 ZR2 and its undeniably serious focus on off-road capability are immediately obvious to even the casual observer, but the interior may be far more luxurious, comfortable and opulent than you might expect. Why should you have to have it rough inside when you can revel in the luxury of leather upholstery, a sporty-styled dark trim, and enjoy the stretch-out space there is inside thanks to the ZR2’s expansive crew-cab body style?
As well as being spacious and extremely comfortable, the interior is also as technologically advanced and the most high-end luxury sedans and SUVs. What will hit you straight away are a 12.3-inch fully digital instrument panel that dominates the dash and a massive 13.4-inch touchscreen that sits next to it for controlling the infotainment system that comes with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
The 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 ZR2 is a stunning new addition to the Silverado family that’s destined to be hugely popular. Come and see us here at GR Chevrolet, 930 Fairystone Park Hwy, Stanleytown, VA, for a test drive in the 2022 Silverado and to place a factory order, or give us a call at (276) 629-2525 for the latest information about ZR2 pricing and availability.