2022 Chevrolet Silverado Adds ZR2 and Super Cruise
Chevrolet rolled out its redesigned 2022 Silverado and it includes major upgrades to its interior, technology and off-roading ability. It is as if Chevy went down the checklist of what it would take to outdo its competition and added all of the items that fans have talked about. The 2022 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 adds all the bells and whistles, including a factory lift, straight from the factory. The Chevy is calling the ZR2 its new flagship truck.
“The Silverado is legendary and continues to excite both new and loyal customers. 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,” said Kelly MacDonald, director, Chevrolet Truck Marketing. “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.”
2022 Chevrolet Silverado Upgrades
The 2022 Silverado delivers a redesigned exterior with strong new front grilles. The upgraded interior adds luxury throughout and makes the cabin look larger and more comfortable. Perhaps most dazzling is the new 13.4-inch diagonal color touchscreen, coupled with a new 12.3-inch-diagonal configurable digital instrument cluster. The combined effect gives you an almost panoramic digital cockpit.
Most of the trim levels feature Google built-in with access to Google Assistant, Google Maps and Google Play right on the infotainment screen.
The 2022 Chevrolet Silverado contains lots of new technology, including available Super Cruise driver-assistance technology on High Country model. Buyers will also be able to get Super Cruise with Trailering later.
Chevy’s updated 2.7L Turbo High-Output engine delivers 20 percent more torque and 3.0L Duramax Turbo-Diesel max towing increased by 4,000 pounds to 13,300.
2022 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2
Chevrolet has had so much success with its Colorado ZR2 model that it decided to add the off-roading model to the Silverado line up. It becomes the third lifted truck available straight from the factory. In the debut presentation, McDonald said that 60 percent of Silverado sales now are lifted trucks that have off-road capabilities. The ZR2 becomes the most luxurious and capable of the Silverado line up.
Also, in the presentation, Jaclyn McQuaid, the chief engineer of Chevrolet Full-Size Trucks said that Chevy believes you should “Race what you sell and sell what you race”. Chevrolet did extensive testing on the new ZR2 equipped truck to make sure it would stand up in grueling conditions.
“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,” said Dom Lester, General Motors chief engineer, Performance Variants, Parts and Motorsports Engineering. “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.”
ZR2 highlights include:
- Standard 6.2L V-8 engine, delivering 420 horsepower and 460 lb.-ft. of torque
- 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
- 33-inch off-road MT tires
- Unique skid plate package
- New high-approach steel front bumper designed for off-road strength and clearance that enables a 31.8-degree approach angle
The refreshed Chevrolet Silverado arrives at dealerships in spring 2022. Chevrolet’s official statement is that the current chip shortage problems are not expected to delay the new truck’s arrival.
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