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Now the Gutsy Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 Comes in a Turbo-Diesel


  • Chevrolet has added the Duramax 3.0-liter turbo-diesel engine from the standard 1500 pickup as an option for the 2024 1500 ZR2.
  • The 3.0-liter diesel engine offers fewer ponies but more torque than the huge 6.2-liter V-8 that comes standard on the ZR2.
  • Outside of engine changes, Chevy included a host of additional updates scattered throughout the 1500 lineup.

In the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 family, the ZR2 and the ZR2 Bison are the big kids. Chevy introduced the ZR2 for 2022 and brought the AEV upgraded Bison to market in 2023 for more serious off-roaders. Looking ahead to the 2024 model year, Chevy is eager to offer some mid-cycle updates for the whole lineup.

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The 3.0-liter Duramax diesel that is available on the standard 1500 is being added as an optional engine on the ZR2. The gutsy engine offers fewer ponies (305) than the monstrous 6.2-liter V-8 (420) but brings additional oomph from its respectable torque figure (495 pound-feet from the diesel vs. 460 pound-feet from the V-8). We haven’t tested the Duramax since before it was updated for 2023, but in 2019 we applauded how silky and quiet it was in daily use. As far as the V-8 goes, Chevy is adding an active exhaust that can change based on drive mode.

Cosmetic Dept.: New Name, Black Packages

Changes weren’t only made in the upper echelon of the Silverado lineup. While the standard 2.7-liter turbo-four is unchanged mechanically, Chevy has decided it will henceforth be known as the TurboMax. The base Work Truck now gets OnStar, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability are now standard, and front and rear park assist will be added to the optional safety package.

Starting with the 2024 models, every Silverado will come equipped with a rear seatbelt indicator. The High Country will get adaptive cruise control as standard, as well as an optional Midnight Edition that adds powered running boards finished in black. Speaking of black trim, the Blackout appearance package will now be added to the Custom, Custom Trail Boss, RST, LT Trail Boss, and ZR2. New Lakeshore Blue and Slate Gray metallic exterior paint options will also be added to the 2024 lineup.

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Jack Fitzgerald’s love for cars stems from his as yet unshakable addiction to Formula 1.
After a brief stint as a detailer for a local dealership group in college, he knew he needed a more permanent way to drive all the new cars he couldn’t afford and decided to pursue a career in auto writing. By hounding his college professors at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, he was able to travel Wisconsin seeking out stories in the auto world before landing his dream job at Car and Driver. His new goal is to delay the inevitable demise of his 2010 Volkswagen Golf.


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