The fully refreshed 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 was revealed in September, arriving with a long list of upgrades over the 2021 model year and pre-refresh 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 Limited (LTD). One of the biggest headlines for the truck’s refresh is the arrival of the Chevy Silverado ZR2, and while we know a lot about the off-roader, the biggest mystery remaining is the price tag. Now, however, GM Authority has exclusive insight into the Chevy Silverado ZR2 price range.
GM Authority Executive Editor, Alex Luft, recently interviewed Director of Chevy Silverado Marketing, Mark Sobczynski. During the discussion, Luft asked how the Bow Tie will position the Silverado ZR2 and what it considers as the new variant’s rivals.
According to Sobczynski, the answer is simple – there are no direct rivals.
“I would definitely say that we’re in a space of our own [with the Silverado ZR2],” Sobczynski explained. “We are in a space where we are more capable and at that next level in capability compared to a Silverado LT Trail Boss or maybe a similar truck from the competition.”
Sobczynski also addressed two other high-performance off-roaders, the Ram TRX and Ford F-150 Raptor, which are not considered direct rivals to the 2022 Chevy Silverado ZR2, but rather occupy their own space that’s higher in the pecking order.
“There’s also the TRX and the Raptor, as [Luft] mentioned, both of which really are in their own space and in their own niche,” said Sobczynski. “But when you see where we’re positioned and where we’re going to be priced, I can tell you that the Silverado ZR2 is going to have incredible off-road capability, very ample and impressive power with our 6.2L V8, and we’re going to come in and be able to deliver on that capability for our customers at a price point that is definitely going to be compelling and attainable for most customers in comparison to where TRX and Raptor transact.”
So while we don’t have a direct price figure, the answer does provide a hint as to where Chevy will price the 2022 Silverado ZR2: between the Chevy Silverado LT Trail Boss and Ford F-150 Raptor.
|Ram Rebel||Ram TRX||Ford F-150 Tremor||Ford F-150 Raptor||Chevy Silverado Trail Boss Custom||Chevy Silverado Trail Boss LT|
|2021 MY||$46,120||$70,425||$49,505||$64,145||$43,395 (V6) / $44,740 (V8)||$53,195|
|2022 MY||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD||$46,895 (LTD, V8)||$54,195 (LTD)|
Looking at the data, we can see that the 2022 Silverado Trail Boss LT Limited (reminder: Limited refers to the stop-gap pre-refresh model) starts at $54,195, while the F-150 Raptor starts at $64,154 and Ram TRX starts at $70,425. Indeed, the Ram TRX and Ford F-150 Raptor are in a different class than the Silverado ZR2, offering more power, wider fenders, and a much wider track compared to their respective model lines. By contrast, the Chevy Silverado ZR2 is more like a next-level Silverado Trail Boss in terms of performance and power levels.
With that in mind, it looks like around $60,000 would be the sweet spot for the 2022 Chevy Silverado ZR2 starting price point. For the sake of context, the 2022 Chevy Silverado Limited LTZ 4WD starts at $54,395, while pricing for the 2022 Chevy Silverado Limited High Country 4WD begins at $59,095.
There’s another wrinkle to throw in here as well, namely the upcoming Ford F-150 Raptor R, scheduled to drop next year. Powered by the same supercharged 5.2L Predator V8 as the 2020 and newer Mustang GT500, the F-150 Raptor R is shaping up to be quite the performer, with an expected 750 horses. That will enable the Raptor R to slot above the “regular” F-150 Raptor, which is powered by the high-output version of the twin-turbo 3.5L EcoBoost V6 rated at 450 horsepower (and 510 pound-feet of torque).
The impressive power gain will be reflected in the Raptor R’s pricing, estimated by GMA sister publication, Ford Authority, to start around around $75,000. That expected price point, along with its supercharged V8, will in turn make the Raptor R a more direct rival to the Ram TRX. Consequently, that means the new Raptor R will be even further removed from our guesstimate $60,000 price point for the Chevy Silverado ZR2.
As a reminder, the Chevy Silverado ZR2 is equipped with advanced Multimatic DSSV dampers and retuned springs to deliver improved front and rear suspension travel. The truck, which represents the flagship off-road Silverado, features front and rear e-lockers for enhanced traction, while the high-approach steel front bumper gets removable end caps. The corners get 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 33-inch Goodyear Wrangler Territory tires, while underbody skid plates protect the mechanicals, while the dual exhaust was relocated in front of the rear bumper.
All that translates to 11.2. inches of ground clearance, a 31.8 degree approach angle, 23.4 degree breakover angle, and 23.3 degree departure angle.
The only powerplant offered is GM’s naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 L87 gasoline engine, rated at 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, connecting to a 10-speed automatic transmission and 4WD.