GM may be building a Silverado ‘ZRX’ to take on Ford’s Raptor
|driving.ca 17 Sep 2019 at 10:26|
Bowtie fans are spoilt for choice if they want a mid-size truck packing acres of off-road cred, with the ZR2 and ZR2 Bison bringing the goods. The full-size cupboard is slightly more bare, given Trail Boss trucks aren’t level competitors to the mighty Ford F-150 Raptor.
However, if the rumour mill is working reliably, that situation will change very soon.
Those in the know over at GM Authority are reporting Chevy is planning an off-road brute with . Potentially called the “ZRX,” this Silverado variant could slot in above the current Trail Boss.
It would be a sensible move for GM to make, given it currently has no answer to the Raptor or Ram’s upcoming Rebel TRX . Chevrolet could leverage its relationship with Multimatic, the company which manufacturers the excellent DSSV suspenders found on the Colorado ZR2 pickup. Your author has launched bowtie trucks equipped with these dampers at speed off various and sundry off-road obstacles and can confidently report that, even at speeds approaching 65 km/h, landing back on terra firma is no more harsh than flopping down on a comfortable bed.
Silverado’s unique weight and dimensions, compared to the smaller Colorado, would likely require some fettling of those dampers by the boffins at Multimatic. Don’t expect a simple swap, in other words. Other goodies likely to appear on a Silverado ZRX are front and rear lockers; different fasciae for better approach and departure angles; and a raft of appropriately aggro trim features.
The TRX is probably going to be an off-road Ram Hellcat
The brand’s hand-of-god 6.2-litre V8 is a natural fit for a truck of this ilk, especially given that it is available in the Trail Boss for 2020. It’s unlikely Chevy would allow little bro to out-power the big guns, after all. Given that GM offers the Colorado ZR2 with that truck’s diesel option, it wouldn’t be a surprise for them to list the Silverado’s new 3.0-litre diesel on a ZRX option sheet.