Last week, we caught a brief glimpse of the 'Chevrolet Silverado Baja Off-Road Version' project vehicle. Now we know the details from the SEMA show floor in Las Vegas.
It’s called the Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 concept, resurrecting the legendary GM in-house component code that changed the old S-Series compact pickups and Blazer SUVs into toughened off-road trucks. ZR2 trucks featured a wider track, upgraded suspension, extra skid plates, and 31-inch tires for improved ground clearance.
The Silverado ZR2 is based on an extended cab/short box body pickup and it previews a possible look for a facelifted Chevy half-ton and more, according to Dave Ross, GM design manager for special build.
“The ZR2 is a vision model for a possible future Silverado off-road truck,” said Ross. “It’s also demonstrates alternative ways we can reduce mass to improve fuel economy and its styling cues, like the front end, may be used in the future.”
The Silverado ZR2 features extensive use of carbon fiber, to help achieve some of the weight savings goals. Its includes carbon fiber fender flares that stretch outward to cover the 35-inch-tall Goodyear Wrangler MT/R off-road tires, 20-inch BBS RD wheels and widened stance. Much of the truck’s body is made of carbon fiber, including the front fenders, extractor-style hood, rocker extensions and tailgate, which features large, debossed Chevrolet lettering as a nod to Chevy trucks of the past. A four-inch lift kit to help negotiate those desert trails.
Under its hood is a 550-horsepower LS supercharged crate engine from GM Performance Parts.
The interior features more carbon fiber details on the dash, along with black leather and suede-trimmed seats with contrasting stitching to those trail runs more comfortable.
But is the Silverado ZR2 Chevrolet’s response to the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor?
“We’re always looking at the competition,” said Ross. “We think this is a more realistic design that better suits a wider variety of tasks that trucks are used for. We’ve been thinking about this truck for quite some time.”