Announced in September 2021, the fully refreshed 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 introduced all kinds of updates and. changes to Chevy’s (and GM’s) most popular vehicle. Among these was the all-new 2022 Chevy Silverado ZR2, ushered as the most off-road-capable Silverado model ever. One of the items that has often gone underreported about the new Silverado ZR2 is that it will offer two wheel choices.
The standard wheel (RPO code RCW) is an 18-inch aluminum machined face wheel with Black Painted spokes and Oxide Gold painted outer ring accents.
The optional wheel (RPO code RQL) is an 18-inch Gloss Black wheel. Incidentally, both Silverado ZR2 wheels feature the same six-spoke design, with narrow inner spokes leading to a wider outer spoke design.
Both wheels are exclusive to the Chevy Silverado ZR2 and are wrapped in 33-inch Goodyear Wrangler Territory tires, and neither wheel is beadlock capable.
The Chevy Silverado ZR2 is equipped as standard with advanced Multimatic DSSV dampers and retuned springs to deliver improved front and rear suspension travel. Slotting above the LT Trail Boss as the flagship off-road Silverado model, the ZR2 features front and rear e-lockers for enhanced traction, while the high-approach steel front bumper features removable end caps. Underbody skid plates protect the mechanicals, and the dual exhaust system 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. It’s mated to GM’s 10-speed automatic transmission and 4WD.
Towing capability of the Silverado ZR2 is slightly lower than the Trail Boss.
Pricing for the 2022 Silverado ZR2 will start at $65,100. That amount does not the include the destination freight charge (DFC) of $1,695 USD. The combined amount is $66,795 USD.
- Take a closer look at the new model through GM Authority’s walkaround video of the Silverado ZR2.
The refreshed 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 lineup features front end design changes and a new cockpit with fully digital displays, offered on the LT trim and higher. There’s also several powertrain changes, including a lot more torque from the 2.7L I-4 L3B engine, which becomes the new base engine for the 2022 model year. Additionally models with the 3.0L I-6 LM2 turbo-diesel Duramax will be capable of towing more. The 4.3L V6 LV3 and 5.2L V8 L82 engines have been discontinued.