Back in 2019, Chevrolet partnered with the off-road experts at American Expedition Vehicles for the first time ever with a special edition of the mid-size Colorado ZR2 pickup. The Bison, as it would be called, was a beauty of a 4×4, with specially-design aluminum wheels, a wider stance, and added protection to the powertrain underneath for an overall more capable adventure truck.
Well, the two brands are at it again, teaming up for another Bison edition, this time for the Silverado ZR2. This full-size pickup will retain the 6.0L V8 engine and 420hp output of the standard ZR2 but will be more suited for off-road adventures. While possessing the same 11.2” ground clearance, the truck elevates its approach angle from 31.8 degrees to 32.5 degrees, while the departure angle goes from 23.3 degrees to 23.4 degrees. Likewise, the vehicle comes with 18” gloss black AEV wheels to go along with 33” Goodyear Wranger Territory MT tires.
The new 3mm-thick, AEV-stamped steel bumpers on the front and rear provide extra protection and are powder and e-coated. Meanwhile, three-and-a-half times stronger than its cold-stamped counterparts, the quintet of hot-stamped boron steel skid plates on the underbody protect the front and rear differential, transfer case, and fuel tank for more rigorous overlanding trips, as does the steel rocker panel protection.
Ready in time for next spring and summer, the Chevy Silverado ZR2 Bison is expected to roll out in early 2023 with a retail price of $78,490.