Behold Chevy’s new Silverado ZH2. Sent in by a few sleuthing readers, the model has not been announced by GM or Chevrolet. Instead, it seems to be another product from General Motors’ recently-established GM Defense division.
A few years ago, General Motors Company and the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center began to explore possibilities of developing a vehicle for the military. The partnership resulted in the development of the Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 – a hydrogen-powered Chevy Colorado pickup ruggedized for the rigors of military use.
The military began testing the vehicle in the 2016-2017 timeframe to determine the feasibility of using a hydrogen-powered vehicle for its activities.
Though hydrogen powerplants in consumer-grade vehicles are rare, at least for the time being, they can be very advantageous for the military – delivering benefits such as noise-free operation, high levels of low-end torque, and exportable fuel production.
The Silverado ZH2
At the current moment, details on the new Silverado ZH2 are few and far between. However, what we do know is that – like the Colorado ZH2 – it originates from GM Defense. That’s the extent of actual facts. From here on, it’s purely our speculation.
We imagine that the Silverado ZH2 is based on the new Chevy Silverado. It features a rather bold design that is likely as functional as it is aggressive. A set of squinty LED headlights flanks the bold grille with the CHEVROLET script. The fascia is rounded out by an aggressive front bumper reminiscent of the unit on the Colorado ZR2 as well as a unique hood.
In addition, new Silverado ZH2 features wider wheel wells and ruggedized body panels, a set of mirrors that seem an exact match to the trailering mirrors of the 2020 Silverado HD prototypes. The truck features four doors for a Crew Cab design and a modified bed with rails spanning the length of the box. A roof rack maximizes storage space while underbody protection is done in the form of metal skid plates.
The rear end features a modified version of the CornerStep rear bumper, a barn door-style tailgate with the Chevrolet insignia on the driver’s-side door. The truck rides on a set of some rugged-looking wheels.
Come to think of it, the Silverado ZH2 seems very reminiscent of the future Silverado Heavy Duty, which should be announced within the next few months.