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2024 Silverado HD ZR2, All you want to know & watch about a Great Car

 

2024 Silverado HD ZR2: What We Want Most From Chevy’s Newest Off-Road Giant

Can Chevy Compete With the Heavyweights of Off-Roading?

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Off-road packages have become incredibly popular in the past decade, and manufacturers have been adding them to everything from cute-utes to heavy-duty pickups. These packages range in complexity from stickers and paint to full-on hardcore trail machines. Chevrolet reintroduced its famous ZR2 off-road package on the 2017 Colorado. A rugged ZR2 package was added to Silverado for the 2022 model year, and the 2023 Colorado ZR2 got a significant refresh. Now, Chevrolet is going all-in on ZR2 by revealing a new Silverado HD ZR2 will join the lineup for 2024.

Unfortunately, that’s the extent of what Chevy shared while introducing the new 2024 Silverado HD. So, knowing what we do about the Colorado and Silverado ZR2 and what are sure to be the Silverado HD ZR2’s biggest rivals (Ford Super Duty Tremor and Ram Power Wagon), we can easily break down what we expect from the forthcoming Silverado HD ZR2.

2022 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2

High-Tech Suspension

Let’s face it: Heavy-duty pickups are, well … heavy. We say this only to temper expectations and remind everyone that the Silverado HD ZR2 isn’t likely to be the same desert whoop-bashing machine as its Colorado and Silverado 1500 counterparts. What it is likely to share in common, however, are the impressive Multimatic DSSV dampers.

In fact, spy photos have surfaced that appear to confirm the presence of DSSV dampers. Because of the necessary load-carrying capacity of the Silverado HD, we don’t expect to find wider control arms like the others sport, but maybe Chevy will surprise us.

By fitting the Multimatic DSSV dampers to the Silverado HD ZR2, Chevy will quickly leapfrog its competition in terms of damper tech. Ford fits its Super Duty Tremor with unbranded twin-tube dampers that are “specially tuned,” and Ram uses a Bilstein monotube shock on the Power Wagon. Although both options are good in their own right, the Multimatic DSSVs are a league above.

2023 Chevrolet Colorado

Locked Axles, For Real Now

For decades GM has fitted the Silverado HD with the G80 Gov Lock automatic locking rear differential. In factory trim the G80 works well enough. However, as anyone who actually uses their truck off-road knows, it certainly has a long list of limitations. Looking at both the Colorado and Silverado ZR2, we find they come equipped with selectable front and rear electronic locking differentials.

Although we would absolutely love for the Silverado HD ZR2 to get the same treatment, we are going to be conservative and say the truck will most likely arrive with a selectable electronic locking rear differential and a limited-slip front differential. This configuration would match that of the Ford Super Duty Tremor. Ram’s Power Wagon gets an electronic locking front. However, without the torque of a diesel engine option, it’s easier for Ram to keep the locked front axle alive.

2023 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

Knobby Off-Road Tires

Tire size and choice has long been high on our gripe list when it comes to Chevy’s ZR2. The Colorado ZR2 came fitted with a 31-inch Goodyear Duratrac off-road tire from its introduction in 2017 until the redesigned model landed for 2023. For 2023, the Colorado bumped up to 33-inch Goodyear Wrangler Territory MT tires, similar to what is found on the 2022 Silverado ZR2. Knowing this, our expectation for the 2024 Silverado HD ZR2 is that it will also come equipped with a version of the Goodyear Wrangler Territory MT tire in about a 33-inch diameter.

What we would like to see, however, is the same tire but closer to a 35-inch diameter. Going to a 35-inch tire would provide a sizable increase in off-road capability along with the appropriate styling for such a large pickup. Ford’s Super Duty Tremor already comes fit with 35-inch Goodyear tires, while the Ram Power Wagon is equipped with a smaller 33-inch tall Goodyear, closer to what we honestly expect from the Silverado HD ZR2.

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Powerful Engine Options

Under the hood, we would love to see the option of either Chevy’s 6.6-liter gasoline V-8 (401 hp and 464 lb-ft) or Duramax diesel V-8 (470 hp and 975 lb-ft). And there’s nothing to suggest the Silverado HD ZR2 won’t arrive with both engine options. Ford offers both a gasoline V-8 engine and its Power Stroke diesel on the Super Duty Tremor. However, Ram has stuck with a gasoline V-8 engine only for the Power Wagon since its introduction, citing the overall size and weight of the Cummins diesel as to why it’s not available.

2022 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2

Rugged Exterior Styling

For 2024 the Chevy Silverado HD receives a modest face-lift, which consists of new headlamps and a new grille. The one thing we can see from the ZR2 teaser image is that the new off-roader will come with the unique Chevy Flowtie emblem. It’s also fair to say the new Silverado HD ZR2 will also come equipped with a high-clearance front bumper, ample skidplating, available steel rock rails, and of course red tow hooks.

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When And How Can I Get One?

Chevy has said production of the new 2024 Silverado HD will begin in the first half of 2023, and the ZR2 model will be a late availability. We suspect to see the ZR2 available only on the three-quarter-ton 2500HD model, positioned near or above the top-tier High Country and carrying a price tag north of $75,000 to start. If a 3500HD ZR2 materializes, expect the price to rise, as well.

2023 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

2024 Chevy Silverado HD Trucks Get Fresh Mugs, Flashier Interiors

The supersize Silverados also add a mightier Duramax diesel and a 10-speed Allison gearbox for the gasser.

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  • The 2024 Chevy Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD get a facelift, and most models receive a ritzier interior with bigger screens.
  • Gas-fed models now have a 10-speed automatic transmission, and diesel models make 470 horses (up 25) and 975 pound-feet of torque (up 65).
  • The ’24 Silverado HD twins will go into production in the first half of 2023, with the first-ever ZR2 version also eventually joining the lineup.

Chevy’s big pickup trucks—the Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD—are getting refreshed for the 2024 model year. Along with new facial features, most trim levels benefit from a flashier interior design that first debuted on the half-ton Silverado about a year ago. The improvements to the 2024 Chevy Silverado HD trucks are more than skin deep, though.

New Transmission, Mightier Diesel

Sure, the facelift and redesigned cabin help Chevy’s heavy-duty pickups stay looking fresh, but the bottom line is that the Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD are built for work duty. That’s where their updated powertrains come into play. The standard gas-fed 6.6-liter V-8 is unchanged, meaning it makes the same 401 horsepower and 464 pound-feet of torque as its predecessor.

However, it now pairs with an Allison 10-speed automatic transmission instead of a six-speed automatic. Chevy says the gasser’s new gearbox helps the engine make better use of its peak power. For 2024, gas-burning Silverado HDs also have a higher Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR), which rises from 24,000 to 26,000 pounds.

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The optional Duramax diesel 6.6-liter V-8 continues with the same Allison 10-speed automatic, but its output gets a significant uptick. It now makes 470 horsepower (up from 445) and 975 pound-feet of torque (up from 910). Chevy says the increases result from updates to the control architecture, combustion system, and turbocharger, which are also said to help provide up to 25 percent more low-end torque and improve efficiency.

However, we don’t know how the updates will affect fuel economy since the trucks are exempt from EPA testing and the company isn’t currently sharing estimates. What we do know is that the 2024 Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD still have max tow ratings of 22,500 and 36,000 pounds, respectively.

Fresh Face, Flashier Interior

For 2024, the supersize Silverados all wear new mugs, from the base-level Work Truck to the top-of-the-line High Country. Along with the newly designed grille and C-shaped LED lighting elements, the LTZ and High Country trim levels feature new dual-projector headlights with animated sequences for when the driver approaches or walks away from the trucks.

Chevy also supplies the ’24 Silverado HD with new wheel options, including chrome 20-inch wheels for the LTZ as well as polished 18-inchers and all-terrain tires for the dual-rear-axle 3500HD. Plus, a set of 20-inch off-road tires can now be had with certain packages. The Midnight Edition, a blacked-out appearance package, is also now available on the High Country for the first time.

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Inside, heavy-duty Silverados adopt a new dashboard design with prominent digital displays. While the updated layout and tech features aren’t offered on the Work Truck or Custom trim levels, they’re standard on the LT model and up. The setup includes a configurable 12.3-inch gauge cluster and a 13.4-inch touchscreen with Google-based software and apps.

The updated interior also brings a revised center console with a wireless charger and more space for cupholders. The fanciest Silverado models have real leather-wrapped surfaces and genuine wood accents. Exclusively on the High Country, there’s a new Nightshift Blue interior option with all the top-notch materials.

The Silverado HD trucks also benefit from better driver assists. The list includes adaptive cruise control that works while pulling a trailer, and the blind-spot monitor now has an extended range while trailering. Plus, there’s a new alert that lets users know if they exceed the truck’s GCWR, and the available camera view that uses technology to essentially make a trailer transparent has been enhanced to work with fifth-wheel and gooseneck setups.

ZR2, Coming to a Silverado HD Near You

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The 2024 Chevy Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD will go on sale in the first half of 2023. The company says it’ll share pricing closer to their on-sale date. Chevy also today announced that the heavy-duty Silverado will be getting a version of the off-road-ready ZR2 model for the first time ever, but it’ll launch sometime after the regular trucks.

2023 Chevy Colorado ZR2, All you want to know & watch about a Great Car

 

2024 Chevy Silverado 2500HD

Estimated Price: Starting around $43,000
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