First Look: Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 Off-Road Concept At SEMA

Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 Off-Road Concept

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.”

Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 Off-Road Concept

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.”

Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 Off-Road Concept


Nope this truck is sweet looking subtle and ready to perform. Rather than running out and building some baja machine so everyone can say they copied. How does the lift look cheap?

Lovely and Neat Truck

What OUGHT to be done immediately by GM to compete with the Raptor is to release a special edition Hummer models under GMC or Chevy in the pickup model making a product line for a Heavy Duty Off road Pickups. They should make this somewhat of a closed run of a few thousand to build on and retain the love of the Hummer brand. One advantage of offering Hummer models under Chevy or as a separate Hummer Commercial brand will create the same love and loyalty that Chevy had when I was growing up for a bullet proof off-road working man’s truck. Maybe missing this market segment is what started the downfall of the Hummer brand. Yes GMC still makes a great work truck, but looking at the overall product line it is too up scale for what Hummer should have targeted its brand to be in the first place. If GM should bring back Hummer as a brand or special run models, centered around its off road credibility while building a construction / industrial grade line up. They can then movie the large Kodiak, commercial vans, 3/4 and 1 ton WTs, Suburban’s, and then include the Hummer models for the Carhart crowd. Keep the Denali and Silverado in the GMC / Chevy lines for the “Civilian” Levis jeans market.

It still doesn't have the 'Rambox toolbox on the side. No running board down the back long enough to reach the toolbox in the rear. No cargo light? fender flairs that don't actually protect the paint and catch rocks from the wide stance wheels? mud flaps, ok aftermarket. still giant 'blind spot pillars. still a low hung dash so you can't tuck under the steering wheel. no sliding back window? and the bumpers are not chrome?! paint is great, but real bumpers on anything that's suppose to be a truck. -chevy guy, really dissapointed. Simple solutions, instead we get 20 electrical options I'd rather set to 'off because they weren't fully thought out. it's like they don't long term test.

I have bought GM for 42 years but Ford out did them so I own a Raptor & have 1 on order now GM need to change designers and get with the program, the raptor looks 100% better than any thing GM has would like to go back to GM but nothing out there

@Gene; the platform of the raptor is an F150 frame. In fact most of it is F150.

4 years later and GM has nothing even close in production, let alone in consideration.

I used to be a die-hard GM guy, but I grew tired of waiting for GM to build a vehicle I wanted to buy. Promises promises, but NO delivery. So, I bought from companies that did. I have purchased 4 vehicles since I first strayed from GM trucks. Can't say I miss them. Judging by the pipe dreams, but no follow through, I will keep passing stuck and broken down GM-IFS rigs every hunting season. Enjoy your car suspension fan-boys.

How can anybody say this truck is ugly? I just painted mine like that and the two tone n the dark rear end look tough. I've had numerous cars in auto shows n never took a second place and they all had my taste in the paint jobs i put on them. Someone's eye for taste is not very good

When are they going to make the zr2 silverad. how much will it cost

That's an amazingly good looking truck and the combo with that high mpg engine sounds awesome, it's about time we let those small diesel engines on our market here, enough of those gas guzzlers. Super , great looking truck GM , just please build the damn thing and on a affordable price :)))

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