New ZR2 Pickup Climbs The Top Of Mt Silverado

  • The new 2022 Silverado ZR2 is king of the Chevy line of trucks, just as the Raptor rules the Ford trucks and the TRX rules the Rams.
  • The drivetrain is the same, but the suspension, wheels and tires are improved.
  • Prices undercut competitors, at $69,295.

    So there we were, my friend Ricardo and I, the senior men of the automotive press, off course and unsupported, crashing and crashing hundreds of miles of burning and windswept desert pockmarked with sharp stones piercing the sidewalls aimed at our tires like little daggers that planted there by Mother Earth, not entirely sure if it’s the “road” we’re on or on. Will we succeed?

    Of course we will. We used the new 2022 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2, with locking front and rear differentials, almost a foot of ground clearance, more skidplate than an aluminum armadillo and, most importantly in this case, Goodyear Wrangler Territory M/T tires with Durawall Technology and pushbutton- button on the sidewall. Nothing can stop us.

    And indeed, nothing worked. Not only did we finish our trek around Pinkham Gorge in Joshua Tree National Park, but earlier we also hiked Berdoo Gorge and a few miles from the Old Dale Mining District at the eastern end of the Park and, after that, the hardest of all: Interstate 10.

    See, the new Silverado ZR2 is built to not only conquer tough terrain, but also to survive as a daily commuter in the toughest conditions the suburbs have to offer.

    “We’ve positioned it where we think there’s a hole (in the market), which is the premium end of the market, for someone who really wants the ability to go completely off-road but doesn’t lose any of its advantages. on-road capability,” said chief engineer Niki Meyers.

    The ZR2 is at the top of the Silverado lineup.


    The obvious competitors are the big indoor gorillas: the Ram TRX and the Ford Raptor. How does the ZR2 fare against that? The rates are good. If you take a look at the spec sheet, you can find the advantages of each of those mighty desert stompers. In general I’d say the Raptor does the best blasting over long-range desert lands, the TRX can launch itself from jumps and lands the best of the bunch, and the ZR2, while very capable off-road, can also fit in your garage more easily. and drive to the grocery store without breaking most of the rest of the cars in the parking lot.

    On our full day desert trip with the new Chevy Silverado ZR2 2022, we got to try all its best features. Among the most impressive highlights are:

    • The difference between front and rear electronic locking. Push the button and it stops any signs of slippage on all four wheels and pushes and pulls you up and over uneven obstacles with ease.
    • Approach and departure angles 31.8 degrees front, 23.3 degrees rear with a breakover angle of 23.4 degrees, combined with 11.2 inches of ground clearance and 9.84 inches of wheel travel front and 10.62 inches rear (about two inches more). bigger than Trail Boss Silverado) and you can feel very confident heading out into the wilderness.
    • 33-inch Goodyear Wrangler tires with M/T or Mud Terrain tread and what Goodyear calls Durawall Technology to withstand side punctures, the most common form of flat tire in the desert.

      In addition to these features, the Silverado ZR2 gets: a new bumper grille fascia, including a cool “flowtie” logo that allows cooling air into the engine bay; a new steel bumper also helps achieve an approach angle of nearly 32 degrees; 33-inch tires that may be smaller than, say, the optional 35s Raptor and 37s, but help with a slight increase in ride height and ground clearance; ZR2 special aluminum skid plates under the front and under the two-speed transfer case and cover the crossmember-to-crossmember area behind it; The ZR2’s special spring rates and customized Multimatic DSSD dampers are of the kind we love on the Colorado ZR2 that “give you on-road comfort and off-road control,” says Chevy.

      Then, under the slightly protruding hood (which can reflect direct sunlight onto your eyeballs at certain times of the day) is the standard GM 6.2-liter V8, producing 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. While that’s certainly more than adequate for the task, the engine isn’t upgraded at all for the ZR2. Both the Raptor (450 hp) and the TRX (702!) make more. It is attached to a standard ten-speed automatic transmission and a “true two-speed transfer box.” You can change the transfer case speed via the buttons on the dashboard. Another button activates 4WD.

      A new feature is what Chevy calls terrain mode, which holds the brakes as you release the gas as you crawl up or down steep hills. This isn’t hill descent control of the type you see from other manufacturers, it’s a feature available via a separate button on the dashboard. The terrain mode is another feature in itself.

      ZR2 in the wilds of Joshua Tree.

      Mark Vaughn

      Inside, the ZR2 gets the same all-new interior as all the other Silverado, LT, RST, LT Trail Boss, LTZ, and High Country trucks. The sweeping horizontal instrument panel now includes a new 13.4-inch color touchscreen and a new 12.3-inch configurable digital instrument cluster. Among the cool off-road rescue items on the new screen are a series of camera views while you’re climbing. Like other Silverados, the ZR2 gets Google Assistant, Google Maps, and Google Play that work with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The new seats are very comfortable and kept us satisfied and stayed in place for nearly 200 miles off-road on our journey today.

      Indeed, Chevy tried the new ZR2 in real desert racing, including most of the BITD season as well as finishing the Mint 400, just to see how it went.

      “Chevrolet has competed on some of the most grueling and toughest off-road trails with the Silverado ZR2 prototype in the Best in the Desert race series,” said Dom Lester, General Motors chief engineer, Performance Variants, Parts and Motorsports Engineering. “We applied what we learned in racing and Moab testing to the new ZR2 to offer a very capable and confidence-inspiring package, but a package that doesn’t beat you on the road with its ride quality. It’s both capable and convenient. ”

      We have to agree. As for whether you should choose this or the Raptor/TRX, try them all. You may find this meets all your needs both during the week and on weekends with the fewest flaws.

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