The new 2023 Chevy Silverado ZR2 USA redesign is promised to bring more aggressive styles. Read further about it below.
A new performance-oriented variant of the Chevy Silverado 1500 is going to be added by General Motors into its fancy pickup truck lineup this year—in advance of its expansion of electric counterparts. The 2023 Chevy Silverado ZR2 will hit the showrooms and dealerships in the upcoming spring. More details about the new 2023 Chevy Silverado ZR2 USA redesign are available in the following.
Overview of the ZR2 Release
To say that the release schedule of the 2023 Chevy Silverado ZR2 went quite haywire won’t be much of an exaggeration. Previously, the new ZR2 was planned to be launched in the 2022 model year. However, due to the pandemic outbreak delays, it was forced to be pushed back. What’s supposed to be the 2023 model year is unfurled as the 2022 model year, but for the sake of practicality, this release will remain to be referred to as the 2023 model year in this article.
It is reported that the delay is caused by a shortage of resources, which is the semiconductor chips that power the production lines. This unfortunate situation is not only experienced by GM but also by other automobile manufacturers in the industry.
Another decidedly altered element of this release is the name. In the past years, the new model used to be referred to as the ‘ZRX’ that seems to be already trademarked by GM. However, as the official announcement was dropped, the marketing team changed their mind and chose to go with ‘ZR2’.
This might be the best decision to take, at least for two reasons. One reason is that the ZR2 nameplate has already gained recognition as being a capable off-road vehicle due to its association with the midsize truck Chevy Colorado ZR2. The other reason is the similarity with the Ram TRX, which may cause slight confusion for those who aren’t familiar with this particular vehicle segment.
Retained Powertrain but Upgraded Design
Apparently, the new 2023 Chevy Silverado ZR2 USA redesign doesn’t include a change of powertrain. The upcoming production will still carry a naturally aspirated (NA) 6.2L V8 engine, the same motor that powers the standard Chevy Silverado 1500. This engine produces 420 HP and 460 lb-ft of torque. It is paired with ten-speed automatic transmission and is available in a 4WD system.
However, this engine cannot be expected to be on par with the Ram TRX, which has been mentioned earlier. As the powertrain of ZR2 doesn’t receive an upgrade, both will have a few hundred differences in horsepower. Considering that the half-ton truck enthusiasts are very particular about the power component of a vehicle then this upcoming model is likely to be chewed up under their assessment. Chevrolet will need to provide prominence in other elements to gain the superior value of this truck. Otherwise, the chance of being flopped is not impossible within a market that that constantly thirsty about horsepower figures and off-road features.
On the other hand, the electrified Silverado is expected to arrive by the 2023 calendar year, according to the industry analyst, in subsequent to the GM Hummer EV that’s going to hit the market by the end of this year. Further discussion about the battery-powered variant of this truck was declined by Chevrolet officials, and only small details have been dropped, but at least it has received confirmation.
The new 2023 Chevy Silverado ZR2 USA redesign includes feature upgrades of convenience and safety technologies. One example is the addition of the trademarked hands-free driving system from General Motor, Super Cruise.
In terms of the exterior appearance, the Silverado ZR2 sports various improvements in comparison with its predecessor. It poses a newly adjusted grille and trimmer headlights, along with the more visible bowtie logo of the manufacturer. The Silverado shares the same platform with the full-size SUVs Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe, so it is unsurprising that they boast similar designs.
Moving to the interior side, most of the new 2023 Chevy Silverado ZR2 USA redesign and upgrades are focused on technology. It is given a new larger display screen. The electric shifter comes as an option where it’s only provided in traditional column one before. A set of safety features is added as well.
Rough Price Estimation
It is still early to estimate the exact price of the new ZR2. However, considering the amount of the new 2023 Chevy Silverado ZR2 USA redesign, it’s expected to cost between $55,000 and &50,000 for the base model.