Chevrolet will not take reservations or pre-orders for the 2022 Silverado ZR2.
In an interview with GM Authority executive editor Alex Luft, Director of Chevrolet Truck Marketing, Kelly MacDonald, confirmed that the all-new, off-road capable truck will launch via the regular dealer allocation and launch processes.
The approach differs from GM’s launch strategy for several other specialty vehicles, such as the 2022 GMC Hummer EV Pickup, 2023 Cadillac Lyriq, and 2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing and 2022 CT5-V Blackwing. No reservations or pre-orders for the Silverado ZR2 means that customers will be able to order and ultimately purchase the truck through their dealer like they would any other Silverado, given that the dealer has the proper allocation that allows its order to be accepted by the factory.
Chevy debuted the 2022 Chevy Silverado ZR2 on September 9th as the new flagship off-road model in the Silverado light-duty pickup portfolio, marking the first time that the ZR2 badge has graced the Silverado. Like the mid-size Chevy Colorado ZR2, the Silverado ZR2 features advanced Multimatic DSSV dampers with three separate spool valves and three fluid flow chambers for enhanced damping control. Retuned springs work in conjunction with the dampers to deliver increased maximum front and rear suspension travel, while front and rear e-lockers further enhanced the truck’s loose surface traction and rock crawling capabilities.
Arguably the one feature that sets the Silverado ZR2 apart from other Silverado models the most is its unique front fascia, which features a high-approach steel front bumper with removable end caps that give the truck a more aggressive exterior appearance, while also enabling an improved 31.8-degree approach angle. Other off-road-focused equipment includes a set of unique 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 33-inch Goodyear Wrangler Territory tires, along with additional underbody skid plates. Finally, the dual exhaust system has been modified, featuring tucked under exhaust tips that terminate ahead of the rear bumper, reducing the chance that it will get dented or damaged when off-roading and rock crawling.
Other cosmetic add-ons for the Silverado ZR2 include various ZR2 badges on the exterior, a new black hood insert, a unique grille with integrated lighting and a flow-tie emblem with a red inlay.
The only available engine option will be GM’s naturally-aspirated 6.2L L87 V8 engine, which produces 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque mated to the GM 10-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel-drive. A new Terrain Mode setting is also standard and enables one-pedal driving for precise control during rock crawling. Max payload is rated at 1,440 pounds while maximum conventional trailer weight rating is 8,900 pounds.
The 2022 Silverado ZR2 will be available exclusively in the four-door (Crew Cab), Short Bed body style. It will also feature the redesigned 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 interior, including the standard 13.4-inch-diagonal color touchscreen and 12.3-inch-diagonal configurable digital instrument cluster.
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At the 2021 SEMA show, General Motors chief engineer for Performance Variants and Motorsports, Dom Lester, explained to GM Authority’s Alex Luft that the Silverado ZR2 was engineered using lessons learned from racing a near-production Chevy Silverado ZR2 prototype in the Best in the Desert racing series with the Hall Racing team, and from testing prototypes in the notorious Moab desert in Utah.
“Chevrolet has been competing on some of the most grueling, toughest off-road courses with a prototype Silverado ZR2 in the Best in the Desert race series,” said Lester. “We applied what we learned in racing and Moab testing to the new ZR2 to offer a supremely capable and confidence-inspiring package, but one that doesn’t beat you up on the highway with its ride quality. It’s equally capable and comfortable.”
Last week, GM Authority exclusively reported the updated 2022 Silverado launch timeframe. The refreshed truck will go into production in February (Regular Cab and Crew Cab) and March (Double Cab) of the 2022 calendar year.