The three-way fight in the off-road truck segment is on. For a long time, Ford Raptor was the only such vehicle in the market. We could read and hear a lot of speculations about FCA and GM projects. Even some prototypes were unveiled. But, the first major step in competing with the Raptor came from Ram 1500 TRX. FCA launched the pickup with a monster output coming from the Hellcat engine. It was obvious that General Motors needs to respond to stay in the league. The 2022 Chevy Silverado ZRX became the nameplate we expect to compete with Raptor and TRX.
The concept is not new. The company revives old projects. We could also see the truck as the ZR2 model. It is the Raptor trim of the mid-size class, where Colorado is offering this package. On the larger Silverado, it would be even more interesting. But, it seems like the company will rather go with the fresh badge, although ZRX reminds us of the Ram and its TRX.
Extreme Off-Road Capabilities and Powerful Engine
There are two things the 2022 Chevy Silverado ZRX has to meet to attract attention. The new look will definitely lure buyers, but all of them will look at the specs sheet and what the truck is bringing. Ram burned Ford Raptor with 700 horsepower. Reportedly, the Blue Oval company is preparing a new version with 740 hp, coming from the engine installed already under the hood of the GT supercar. Previously, some sources claimed the high-output version of the Chevrolet Silverado is going to produce about 650 ponies, like the Corvette muscle car. But now, the vehicle is going to need even more juice.
According to insider stories, the engineers are going to supercharge the existing 6.2-liter V8 engine. The base configuration is good for 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. After the upgrade, the output should be around 700 hp, which will make it eligible to compete with abovementioned trucks.
At this point, the 2022 Chevy Silverado ZRX seems like a dream. GM is investing in electrification and the Hummer truck will be a highlight of the upcoming season. Still, the company is big enough to handle another debut. But, many other premieres were moved from 2021 to 2022 because of the COVID outburst.
We can find a few sources telling the 2022 Chevy Silverado ZRX is a wish. First of all, the RST concept was previewed with some interesting off-road capabilities. Nevertheless, nearly three years ago, the fight was about to happen somewhere around 500 hp, but Ram raised the stake. Then, We could see a few spy photos of the special Chevy truck cruising on the streets. Experts believed it will be the ZR2 model.
Now, the ZRX is the latest nameplate rumors are mentioning as the rival to Ram TRX and Ford Raptor. But, while the other two models are already available, Chevy is yet to deliver the first prototypes. One thing is sure – all these vehicles are coming with hefty prices. Ram 1500 TRX costs more than $71,000 and Ford will sell the new Raptor for $80,000.