GM just pulled the sheets on the new 2023 Chevy Silverado ZR2 Bison, expanding the 2023 Chevy Silverado 1500 lineup with a fresh next-level off-roader that follows in the footsteps of the Chevy Colorado ZR2.
Highlights include new body components and underbody protection, with AEV-stamped steel front and rear bumpers made from 3-millimeter-thick steel, plus powder and e-coated protection. The underbody hot-stamped boron steel armor is said to be 3.5 times stronger than an equivalent cold-stamped steel plate, protecting the front, rear differential, transfer case, and fuel tank.
Further upgrades include heavy duty recovery points, integrated step pads, an available winch accessory, steel rocker protection, and exclusive gloss-black 18-inch AEV wheels wrapped in 33-inch Goodyear Wrangler Territory MT tires.
Exterior design is enhanced further with a body-color grille bar and black grille design, signature ZR2 badging, a Chevy Flow Tie badge, and a matte finish for the standard Multi-Flex tailgate. Standard spec also includes the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 L87 gasoline engine, rated at 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. Output is directed through the GM 10-speed automatic transmission. Front and rear e-lockers are included as well.
The suspension features standard Multimatic 40-millimeter DSSV spool-valve dampers paired with uniquely tuned springs that maximize front and rear suspension travel. Ground clearance in the 2023 Chevy Silverado ZR2 Bison is rated at 11.2 inches, matching that of the 2022 Chevy Silverado ZR2. However, the 2023 Chevy Silverado ZR2 Bison provides a higher front approach angle (32.5 degrees versus 31.8 degrees), and higher departure angle (23.4 degrees versus 23.3 degrees) compared to the 2022 Silverado ZR2.
As for the interior, the 2023 Chevy Silverado ZR2 Bison gives a nod to AEV with a logo on the front headrests. There’s also a set of all-weather floor liners.
Pricing for the 2023 Chevy Silverado ZR2 Bison starts at $78,490, including destination freight charge (DFC). Production will get underway early next year.