Following yesterday’s news of General Motors renewing the Nomad and El Camino nameplates, presumably for Chevrolet SS wagon and ute variants, respectively, we have also discovered that the company has applied for renewal of the “ZR2” trademark — a title that was given to high-riding, trail-ready Chevrolet Blazer SUV and S-10 pickup truck. Since the discontinuation of both models nearly ten years ago, the ZR2 name has vanished, until it appeared once again on the panels of the beastly Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 concept back in 2009, and pictured above. The Silverado ZR2 packed a mean 550 horsepower and enough ride height to clear a small child (probably).
Alas, three years later, and still no ZR2, while the Ford SVT Raptor continues to not only exceed sales expectations, but set a new standard in OEM off-road performance. But with this August 9, 2012 trademark filing for the use of decals, things may have been set in motion for a ZR2 to once again emerge from Chevrolet’s stables with GM’s next line of all-new pickups launching this coming spring. We could also just as easily see the name appearing on a variant of the U.S.-spec Chevrolet Colorado GM is working on that will launch in the foreseeable future. It just depends on the road, er, muddy trail decided to be taken.