Just a few days ago, GM Authority brought you spy shots of what we (at the time) believed to be a prototype of the upcoming Chevy Silverado ZR2 conducting some testing on public roads. Now, however, we’re hearing through the grapevine that this prototype may instead be a new 2022 Chevy Silverado Trail Boss model.
There are several factors to consider here, so let’s go through them one by one, starting with the timing.
Sources tell us that the Chevy Silverado ZR2 will launch either as a late 2022 model year vehicle or for the 2023 model year. As a result, it’s simply too early to see prototypes, especially ones that are clearly so close to being finalized for production. This, in and of itself, suggests that the prototype we believed to be the ZR2 a few days ago is not a ZR2.
There’s also the issue of the suspension. The prototype we covered a few days ago has the same four-leaf suspension setup as the Chevy Silverado Trail Boss prototype we spied back in September. Critically, both prototypes do not have MultiMatic DSSV dampers, unlike the Chevy Silverado ZR2, which is fully expected to feature MultiMatic DSSV dampers, similar to the units found on the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2.
It is also worth noting that the wheels on this new prototype are identical to the wheels found on the current Silverado Trail Boss. The units in question are the 18-inch High-gloss black painted aluminum units (RPO code RD1) as seen on the production model and on the prototype above.
However, this is where things get convoluted. While the timing, wheels, and suspension setup suggest that the prototype covered a few days ago is in fact an upcoming Chevy Silverado Trail Boss, there are a few noteworthy differences between it and the Trail Boss prototype seen last year, specifically when it comes to the newer prototype’s revised front fascia, massive front skid plate, and deleted front air dam.
All that begs the question: if the Chevy Silverado prototype covered last week is not the upcoming Silverado ZR2, what is it?
One possibility is that it may still be the 2022 Trail Boss, but this time, a new, more-capable and more-aggressive Trail Boss model than what is currently offered for the 2021 model year. That would suggest that the more-pedestrian Trail Boss model spied in September would be scrapped and fully replaced by the more aggressive model seen here. To that point, this more-capable Trail Boss model may take cues from the new Chevy Tahoe Z71 and new Chevy Suburban Z71, particularly as it relates to the front fascia.
Another possibility is that Chevy will offer two new grades for the 2022 Silverado Trail Boss, including:
- A “regular” model available currently and represented by the prototype spied in September 2020, and
- A more-extreme model represented by the prototype covered a few days ago.
We’ll keep our ear to the ground for any further developments, so stay tuned. In the meantime, subscribe to GM Authority for more Chevrolet Silverado news, Chevrolet news, and around-the-clock GM news coverage.