Back in June, the 2023 Chevy Silverado ZR2 was named as one of the candidates eligible for a North American Car Of The Year (NACTOY) award. Now, the pool has been narrowed, and the Silverado ZR2 was selected to advance to the semifinal round of the award selection process.
In the bid for the award, the Chevy Silverado ZR2 is up against two other vehicles in the North American Utility Vehicle of the Year category: the Ford F-150 Lightning and the Lordstown Endurance. These three nameplates are the only three in their class that were either introduced as all-new or received a heavy redesign this year. The Silverado ZR2 holds its own as the only gasoline-powered truck in the category this year, as both the F-150 Lightning and Endurance are battery electric.
As a reminder, the Silverado ZR2 was introduced as part of the refreshed Silverado lineup for the 2022 model year. Following in the
footsteps tracks of the current Chevy Colorado ZR2, the Silverado represents the first application of the ZR2 formula and nameplate for the full-size truck. Notable upgrades over other Silverado models include a unique front fascia treatment and higher ground clearance, helping deliver improved approach and departure angles. The front fascia also sports a unique front bumper with removable end caps, tough underbody skid plates, Multimatic DSSV dampers, front and rear e-lockers, 18-inch off-road alloy wheels with 33-inch Goodyear Wrangler Territory tires, exterior and interior ZR2 badges and more.
The Silverado ZR2 is offered with a single engine option – the 6.2L L87 V8 engine, which produces 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. It is paired with the GM 10-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive.
For comparison, the Ford F-150 Lightning brings a battery electric powertrain to the F-Series line of pickups. Available trim levels include Pro, Lariat, XLT and Platinum. The Standard Range battery pack is rated at 426 horsepower and 230 miles of range on a single charge, while the Extended Range variant delivers a more robust battery pack that enables 563 horsepower for up to 300 miles of range.
The Lordstown Endurance, meanwhile, is powered by four in-wheel hub motors, which have a combined output of 600 horsepower for 250 miles of driving range. Production of this vehicle is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2022.
Finalists for the NACTOY awards will be announced on November 16th, 2022, and the winners will be chosen on January 11th, 2023.