2024 Chevy Silverado HD ZR2 Chassis Mule Spied8
General Motors is cooking up a full model refresh for the Chevy Silverado HD, slated to arrive for the 2024 model year. Among the updates set to drop with the refreshed model is the debut of the new 2024 Chevy Silverado HD ZR2, and now, GM Authority photographers have captured this Silverado HD ZR2 mule out and about undergoing testing.
This particular 2024 Chevy Silverado HD ZR2 is a chassis mule, which means it isn’t equipped with the revised exterior, body components, or overhauled interior expected for the final production model. That said, this mule is equipped with camouflaged wheels, hiding what appears to be a new multi-spoke design. The camouflaged rollers are wrapped in Goodyear Wrangler Territory MT tires.
Additionally, this 2024 Chevy Silverado HD ZR2 is showing of what appears to be a lifted stance, which means it’s likely running some off-roading suspension upgrades to coincide with the ZR2 designation. However, what’s still unclear at this point is whether or not the 2024 Chevy Silverado HD ZR2 will be equipped with Multimatic DSSV dampers similar to the latest light duty Chevy Silverado 1500 ZR2.
Final notables include a few rear window stickers, one of which reads “Silver Lake Sand Dunes,” referencing an off-road adventure park in Michigan. Silver Lake Sand Dunes offers several thousand acres of sand dunes on which to bash around, which means that it was likely the site of a test session for this particular 2024 Chevy Silverado HD ZR2 chassis mule.
In addition to a new exterior, interior, and the introduction of the new Silverado HD ZR2 off-roader, the refreshed 2024 Chevy Silverado HD is also expected to offer up a few powertrain updates, including the introduction of the GM 10-speed automatic transmission as a replacement for the six-speed automatic currently paired to the naturally aspirated 6.6L V8 L8T gasoline engine, and a power boost for the 6.6L V8 L5P turbodiesel Duramax to a peak of 1,100 pound-feet of torque and over 500 horsepower.
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The Silverado HD is already such a large and tall pickup that I’m not so sure a lift helps it that much. I’d be fine with a tire upgrade over a standard Z71 for an off roader. Really it’s biggest hinderance is it’s size and weight. You may as well put a dozer blade and tracks on it cause it won’t fit on many trails and will need to make its own.
You think the GM HD trucks are tall? You need to walk by the current super duty(s). Now the base ones actually lowered the ride height for MY20 but the TREMOR actually retains the MY17 – 19 base ride height and being 6 ft tall I still have to lunge to get in them.
The front end looks like a High Country
Frame looks like it was painted with red primer. I wonder if GM is going away from that wax frame coating they have been using for years.
I wouldn’t read too much into that part. Likely this is using a frame based on production parts, cleaned of wax for fab work, and then sprayed with something practical- like regular primer
I’ll take a 2024 gmc sierra HD at4x with the revised duramax.
An agressive off-road suspension like that of the ZR2 or Raptor/TRX has no place on an HD. This is a Chevy AT4 aka Trail Boss.
Payload and trailering would go in the toilet.
A 6.2/3.0 RST is rated at 13,400 a ZR2 is rated at 8,900 because of the soft suspension.
Be real here guys. It’s an HD. It’s made to work.
That being said, the lack of a TB variant is a major hole in the lineup and will sell very well.
I think they could still tune the rear suspension to handle ~2500lb well, while having improved damping all around. A Powerwagon pulls its rated load a lot better than a higher rated half-ton.