At the end of August, General Motors officially announced the arrival of the new Chevy S10 Z71 in Brazil, as exclusively reported by GM Authority three months before the automaker’s statement. Now, the new 2022 Chevy S10 Z71 has just been captured undisguised a couple of weeks before its official reveal in the South American country.
The local magazine Quatro Rodas captured the upcoming 2022 Chevy S10 Z71 for the first time without any camouflage in the city of Rio Grande do Sul, during the production of advertising material for the new off-road version that will expand the midsize pickup’s range in Brazil and other South American countries. Until now, the vehicle had only been announced with a teaser image, as one of four launches that Chevrolet will planning in the country through the remainder of 2021.
As such, the first real-world photos show that the 2022 Chevy S10 Z71 will arrive with a unique and more adventurous appearance that sets it apart from any other version of the model. Aesthetically, the upcoming Z71 adopts the same front grille introduced by the latest refresh of the High Country variant with the embossed CHEVROLET lettering, while replacing the gold Bow Tie with a Z71 emblem.
However, the 2022 Chevy S10 Z71’s unique exterior styling includes a darkened overall finish that encompasses the headlight clusters, wheels, air vents, mirror caps, bumpers, door handles and roof bars. At the same time, the off-road-focused version will have a set of specific decals around the body, plastic fender protectors, side steps and a sport bar.
Aside from the visual changes and being the only trim level to feature the black Bow Tie logo, it’s still unclear if the 2022 Chevy S10 Z71 will have a higher suspension setting. This is the first time that the Brazilian-made Chevy S10 will be adopting a Z71 off-road variant in its more than 26-year history, and it’s the vehicle chosen by GM to introduce this iconic Chevrolet trim level in Brazil.
The new 2022 Chevy S10 Z71 will be officially revealed next Tuesday, October 26, during a special event in Brazil, where it is manufactured at the São José dos Campos plant to supply the local and regional market. Although it isn’t a too radical or revolutionary new version, the 2022 S10 Z71 will undoubtedly be an important launch for the Bow Tie brand given the very high demand for custom pickups in the Brazilian market.
Source: Quatro Rodas