Chevy Silverado ZR2 looks bigger, more cables than Trail Boss on spy photos

As of 2019, there have been reports that Chevrolet was working on a full answer to the Ford Rtor and Ram TRX, which were further fueled by a factory-modified race car. Now we have spy photos of a seemingly serious Chevy Silverado off-roader that, like its little Colorado sibling, we’ll be calling the ZR2.

The front provides most of the clues about the truck’s increased capabilities. The hood has a huge camouflage that we suspect hides a large hood like this one on the Colorado ZR2. The front bumper, especially when compared to a Trail Boss prototype shown earlier, appears to be turned up more at the edges to allow better clearance around the tires. The ZR2 also lacks an aerodynamic air dam, which further improves the clearance. Underneath is a deep and wide underrun protection plate to protect all susceptible mechanical parts of the Silverado.

Chevy Silverado Trail Boss and ZR2 prototype

Another thing that makes it clear this is heavier than a trail boss is the ride height. It sits significantly higher and the tires are significantly larger. We can’t see a tire size in the photos, but we know that the Trail Boss was previously fitted with 32-inch tires. We bet the tires on this ZR2 are 35-inch units, on par with the standard Ford F-150 Rtor and Ram 1500 TRX.

We can’t see the shock absorbers either, but we wouldn’t be surprised if the Silverado ZR2 uses a beefier version of the Colorado ZR2’s slide valves. We know Chevy was working on a version as they were built into the aforementioned racing car which, by the way, also had 35-inch tires and more skid plates. And if this racing truck is a model for the series truck, you should also expect long suspension travel.

Previous reports have slated the Silverado ZR2 for model year 2022, along with a major facelift for the entire truck line. It will likely only be offered with gas V8s, possibly even the supercharged V8 rumored for GM’s full-size SUVs.

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