2023 Chevrolet Silverado adds off-road special edition and upgraded diesel engine

DETROIT — Chevrolet is releasing a special-edition Silverado ZR2 Bison to boost the full-size pickup’s off-road power.

Chevy collaborates on tooling and design with American Expedition Vehicles, an off-road aftermarket maker, on the Bison. Chevy and AEV introduced the Bison on the midsize Colorado pickup in 2019.

“We are thrilled to partner again to bring customers the next chapter of Chevrolet’s off-road dominance, this time on Silverado,” Scott Bell, Chevrolet vice president, said in a statement. “The 2023 Silverado ZR2 Bison unlocks the pinnacle of nameplate off-road capability.”

Production is expected to begin in early 2023. It will start at $78,490 including shipping.

The Bison Edition should offer more off-road capability than the 2022 Silverado ZR2, with sharper approach and departure angles. The ZR2 and ZR2 Bison are expected to have 11.2 inches of ground clearance.

The front and rear bumpers are fitted with 3mm thick AEV steel and are powder coated and electroplated. The press-hardened steel used for the underbody skid plates is three and a half times stronger than a cold-stamped high-tensile steel plate, which prevents damage to the underbody, a said GM.

The Bison comes standard with AEV stamped front and rear bumpers, five unique hot-stamped boron steel skid plates, steel underbody protection, steel front bumper with tow hooks upright fronts and 18-inch AEV wheels with 33-inch Goodyear Wrangler Territory MT tires.

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