Rumors of a high-powered off-road Silverado ZR2 have been talked about for the last year plus- but only now are we potentially getting our first look.
Our Spy Photographer Reports:
We caught an aggressive new Silverado prototype—showcasing key camouflaged front-fascia details—suggesting we may have just gotten our first look at a prototype for the 2022 Chevy Silverado ZR2.
The prototype looks likes its heavily based on the Silverado 1500 Trail Boss, but the front bumper is clearly different, with a unique camouflage strategy. The front-fascia changes definitely appear to facilitate more front-end ground clearance and better approach angles, suggesting we’re looking at a more extreme off-road version of the Silverado.
Unique Front-Fasica with ZR2 Overtones
The key changes are found at the bottom of the front bumper, and the outer caps near the front tires. The Trail Boss has a lower, more squared-off jaw, with a plastic air deflector at the bottom of its chin. This new prototype has a newly designed front lip, and a more baja-worthy front skid plate, providing a more off-road-friendly design. We also see unique alterations to the lower front corners of the camouflage that are highly suggestive of removable plastic pieces. Remove the bungee cords that are visible at the front corners of the camouflage, and you’ll have a front-fascia quite similar to what we see on the Colorado ZR2.
Is That a Power Bulge Under The Camo?
The hood camouflage also appears to be much higher than other Trail Boss prototypes we’ve spotted thus far. While it’s possible that there’s air pushing up the camouflage, it can’t be denied that there are definite signs of a hood sporting some possible form of a power bulge. The rumored Supercharger that’s coming on the Cadillac Escalade could also provide a healthy power bump for this most extreme version of the Silverado 1500.
This new Silverado prototype also gives us a look at the finished, production-ready headlight units destined for the 2022 refresh. A close-up of the lights gives us our best feel yet for the front-end changes that are being readied for the Silverado’s important mid-cycle facelift.