Report: 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 ZRX Raptor Fighter Is Finally Coming

GM needs a new halo truck, could this be it?

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Chevy Silverado ZH2 Concept (photo: General Motors)

A recent report suggests that General Motors is working on a more extreme off-road version of their new Chevy Silverado 1500 truck. The report from Muscle Cars & Trucks states that the new model will be called Silverado ZRX and be available as a 2022 model.

2022 Chevy Silverado ZRX

General Motors has yet to provide a direct competitor to the Ford F-150 Raptor. Now, FCA is working on a Ram Rebel TRX off-road beast as well, so GM may be forced to develop a full-size truck to rival the Raptor, the TRX, and any other off-road focused performance pickup truck.

What does this all mean? What is the ZRX name all about? GM has used the ZRX badge before for a special edition of the 2003 GMC Sonoma (Sonoma ZRX). The ZRX name could do well going up directly against the TRX and the Raptor.

The report is also grounded by the fact, that GM recently renewed the ZRX name with the U.S. Trademark office.

Will the Silverado ZRX be a fire-breathing off-road trophy truck for the street? No official information is yet available, but Chevrolet could use heavier duty DSSV spool valve off-road shocks for this truck. This is what they showed for the hydrogen fuel-cell Silverado ZH2 concept truck.

It’s also possible that it will use off-road shocks from Fox or another high-performance suspension manufacturer.

The report states that GM is unlikely to introduce a more powerful engine for the upcoming ZRX. The company may use standard versions of the 6.2-liter gas V8 or a 3.0-liter turbo-diesel I6. The company may have to rethink this strategy. A big part of what makes the Ford Raptor special is a high-output engine with 450 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque. Ram Rebel TRX is rumored to deliver a Hellcat engine in the truck with up to 707 horsepower.

GM has several very powerful engines in their arsenal, so a more powerful version should be possible.

The current top dog off-road truck is the Silverado 1500 Trail Boss. Here it is on a difficult Cliffhanger 2.0 trail.