The Chevrolet brand of Detroit’s General Motors Co. has introduced its redesigned lineup of 2022 Silverado pickup trucks that includes the first-ever Silverado ZR2, Chevy’s new flagship off-road truck.
“The Silverado is legendary and continues to excite both new and loyal customers,” says Kelly MacDonald, director of truck marketing at Chevrolet. “For the new 2022 model, we’ve enhanced the Silverado lineup to build on its success, giving customers more choice, a refined design and new technology options. The addition of the all-new Silverado ZR2, Chevy’s flagship off-road truck, builds on an already strong portfolio of factory-lifted pickups from Chevrolet that are bringing in new buyers.”
The Silverado ZR2 offers race-proven off-road performance customers can buy right from the showroom floor, the company says. The ZR2 brings together a premium interior, immersive technology, a number of standard safety equipment features, and off-road prowess.
ZR2’s suspension upgrades, enhanced off-road technology, and exterior enhancements were developed to optimize off-road performance and capability while balancing everyday driving comfort.
ZR2 highlights include:
- Standard 6.2L V-8 engine, delivering 420 horsepower and 460 lb.-ft. of torque, mated with a 10-speed automatic transmission.
- Silverado-first application of Multimatic 40mm DSSV spool-valve dampers.
- Uniquely tuned springs that, with the Multimatic dampers, increase maximum front and rear suspension travel.
- Front and rear e-lockers.
- Specific off-road chassis and suspension calibrations, including Terrain Mode, which allows one-pedal rock crawling.
- Specific 33-inch off-road MT tires.
- Unique skid plate package.
- New high-approach steel front bumper designed for off-road strength, durability, and clearance that enables a 31.8-degree approach angle.
“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,” says Dom Lester, chief engineer of performance variants, parts, and motorsports engineering at GM. “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.”
In addition to its functional features, the new Silverado ZR2 has several aesthetic cues, including a new black hood insert, a unique grille with integrated lighting and a “flow-tie” emblem, ZR2 badges, 18-inch wheels and a Jet Black/Graystone leather-trimmed interior, with complementing dark trim.
Other Silverados in the 2022 lineup, expected to arrive in dealerships by spring 2022, promise customers more choices, more technology, and more premium touches on the brand’s best-selling pickups, according to the automaker. They feature an elevated exterior design and a new interior with enhanced technology.
Changes include a 13.4-inch-diagonal touchscreen standard on LT, RST, LT Trail Boss, ZR2, LTZ, and High Country and available Super Cruise hands-free driver-assistance technology with trailering on High Country. Also new for 2022 is an enhanced, stronger version of the 2.7L Turbo High-Output engine that offers more torque than any base engine in its class, according to Chevrolet.
Additional highlights of the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado include:
A fully redesigned interior for LT, RST, LT Trail Boss, ZR2, LTZ, and High Country trims featuring a redesigned, horizontal instrument panel that makes the cabin feel more spacious, along with a new, more functional center console (with available electronic shift control on most trim levels)
and new 12.3-inch-diagonal configurable digital instrument cluster standard on models with the new interior.
Standard on trims with the new interior has Google built-in, which offers access to Google Assistant, Google Maps, and Google Play on the infotainment screen. This new experience works with Android AutoTM3 and Apple CarPlay capability and offers new levels of customization and flexibility for customers.
Every new Silverado trim package features a new front fascia, which emphasizes the truck’s stability and strength with a wide, planted stance while new daytime running lamps have been programmed with animated walk-up and walk-away functions in addition to swiping turn signal functions on select trims.
Three new exterior colors are offered with the refreshed 2022 Silverado: Dark Ash, Sand Dune, and a vibrant blue recently named Glacier Blue Metallic.