Chevy might be making a new Silverado variant that will take on the Ford Raptor and upcoming Ram Rebel TRX.
It’s called the Chevy Silverado ZRX, according to a new report from Muscle Cars & Trucks. The publication quoted sources within General Motors and a recently trademarked name as signs that a fancy new Silverado variant is coming and that it will be strictly an off-road monster to take on the likes of the Raptor.
As with the Chevy Colorado ZR2, which is Chevrolet's dominant mid-size off-road pickup, the ZRX will have "improved off-road suspension, Multimatic DSSV dampers, rear and front electronic locking differentials, as well as improved approach and departure angles." No word on whether or not the ZRX will also get the Bison treatment and also receive upgrades from AEV such as a snorkel.
Sadly, the ZRX will not be getting a power boost, according to those sources. That means the best engine that the ZRX can hope to have is the 6.2-L EcoTec3 V8 with 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. That's plenty for most folks, but still far short of the Raptor's 450 horsepower and way less than the Rebel's expected 707 horsepower from a supercharged Hellcat engine.
That said, the ZRX might be able to distinguish itself as being the only full-size off-road-capable pickup that has a diesel engine. Chevy has a 3.0-L Duramax diesel engine with 277 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque that neither Ford nor Ram can boast.
However, this is all speculation. We don't know any further details beyond the "ZRX" name which was trademarked last August. One tidbit does come from Motor1 which discovered a trademark from Fox Racing for the ZRX as well, citing "custom pick up trucks."
This means we might see some Fox suspension components along with the Multimatic DSSV shocks. Or perhaps there won't be any Multimatic components and instead we'll only see Fox Racing technology.
We do know one other thing: 2022. That's when we'll see the ZRX debut, one year after the mid-cycle refresh of the Silverado and Siera in 2021.