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Leaked! Chevy Silverado ZR2 Bison confirmed


Looks like somebody made a whoops, and thanks to the internet, we now know a Chevy Silverado ZR2 Bison is on its way.

A screenshot on the ChevyZR2 forum shows the option for the ZR2 Bison including some details. This screen shot is from the GM dealer’s ordering system.

Silverado ZR2 Bison? 

What we know is the Silverado ZR2 Bison will follow the same general setup that the Colorado ZR2 Bison has for equipment. It looks to be also part of a co-development with American Expedition Vehicles.

Chevy Silverado ZR2 BisonThe Colorado ZR2 Bison has unique skid plates, new bumpers and better approach and departure angles than the standard ZR2.

This would also follow the same product cycle Chevrolet did for the Colorado ZR2 and then Bison.

With the Silverado ZR2 now on the market and first drive reviews coming in, the ZR2 Bison seems to be next in line to make its debut.

More power?

One of the big questions for the Silverado ZR2 Bison is going to be the engine.

Currently, the ZR2 has the 6.2-liter V-8 mated to a 10-speed transmission. While the 420 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque was plenty for us off-road, on-road it could use a little more oomph. Maybe Chevy will supercharge the 6.2-liter V-8, like the rumored Cadillac Escalade-V.

There is also the question on putting a diesel in the off-road focused truck. With the new 3.0-liter Duramax Diesel LZ0 reportedly coming out next year, it seems like this would be a good fit. Plus, it would be the first off-road-focused stock truck with a diesel option since neither the Ford Raptor or Ram TRX come with such an engine.

While the Colorado ZR2 Bison doesn’t offer any engine performance upgrades, the full-size truck is a whole different market with high-speed desert running becoming a fun weekend hobby for many.

The bottom line on the Chevy Silverado ZR2 Bison

There’s nothing too surprising here with General Motors following its old playbook and rolling out the same name on different vehicles. We should learn more official details later this year like pricing and options, but don’t expect this truck to be cheap.

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Tim Esterdahl

Automotive Journalist Tim Esterdahl has been a lover of trucks and SUVs for years. He has covered the industry since 2011 and has pieces in many national magazines and newspapers. In his spare time, he is often found tinkering on his '62 C10 pickup, playing golf, going hunting and hanging out with his wife and kids in Nebraska.

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