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    The updated Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has touched down in Australia.

    Imported to Australia by GM Specialty Vehicles (GMSV), remanufactured to right-hand drive by Walkinshaw in Dandenong, and distributed through a network of 56 dealers, the Chevrolet Silverado goes head-to-head with the Ford F-150 and Ram 1500.

    Opening the updated range is the ZR2, which combines a suite of tougher exterior parts with a range of hardware upgrades designed to take the Silverado deeper into the wilderness.

    Headlining the inclusions are a set of sophisticated DSSV dampers from Multimatic, and locking differentials on both axles.

    As for the LTZ Premium? It’s gained a new, more luxurious interior featuring a touchscreen to rival that in the Ram 1500, but it still undercuts its biggest rival on sticker price.

    Pricing

    • 2023 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ Premium: $128,000
    • 2023 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2: $133,000

    Prices exclude on-road costs.

    UPDATE, 16/03/2023 8:00pmThis story was initially published with launch pricing, rather than current order pricing. It’s been updated to reflect the correct numbers.

    Engine

    Power in the Chevrolet Silverado comes from a 6.2-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine making 313kW of power and 624Nm of torque.

    It’s mated with a 10-speed torque converter automatic transmission, along with a four-wheel drive system with 2H, 4A, 4H, and 4L modes.

    4A allows owners to drive with four-wheel drive traction on sealed surfaces, handy for wet roads when you’re piloting a 2500kg truck running on off-road tyres.

    Fuel Economy

    Claimed fuel economy is 12.2 litres per 100km on the combined cycle, and the Silverado has a 91-litre fuel tank.

    Dimensions

    The Silverado 1500 LTZ measures 5931mm long, 1930mm tall, and 2086mm wide, with a 3745mm wheelbase.

    The Silverado 1500 ZR2 measures 5931mm long, 1991mm tall, and 2074mm wide, with a 3748mm wheelbase.

    Ground clearance in the off-road oriented ZR2 is 296mm, and you get 9.0 inches of suspension travel up front and 10.0 inches at the rear.

    LTZ PremiumZR2
    Unbraked tow750kg750kg
    Braked tow (50mm ball)3500kg3500kg
    Braked tow (70mm ball)4500kg4200kg
    Downball (50mm ball)350kg350kg
    Downball (70mm ball)422kg400kg
    Payload757kg717kg
    GVM3300kg3300kg
    GCM6851kg7160kg
    Tare mass2543kg2525kg

    Servicing and Warranty

    The Chevrolet Silverado is covered by a three-year, 100,000 kilometre warranty.

    GM Specialty Vehicles doesn’t offer capped-price servicing.

    Safety

    The Chevrolet Silverado hasn’t been crash-tested by ANCAP or Euro NCAP.

    There’s more active safety kit across the range for 2023. Where previously the Trail Boss missed out on autonomous emergency braking, the ZR2 now features it standard.

    Standard equipment across the range includes:

    • 6 airbags
    • AEB with Pedestrian detection
    • Blind-spot monitoring with trailer assist
    • Rear cross-traffic alert

    LTZ Premium adds:

    • Adaptive cruise control
    • Front, rear parking sensors

    Standard Equipment

    Silverado 1500 LTZ Premium highlights:

    • Surround-view camera
    • Adaptive cruise control
    • Head-up display
    • LED headlights
    • Front and rear parking sensors
    • Rear camera mirror
    • Tyre pressure monitoring
    • Spray-in bed liner
    • Powered up/down tailgate
    • 20-inch alloy wheels, all-terrain tyres
    • Keyless entry and start
    • Wireless phone charger
    • 13.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system
    • 12.3-inch driver instrument binnacle
    • Wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto
    • 7-speaker Bose sound system
    • Dual-zone climate control
    • 10-way powered front seats
    • Power sliding rear window
    • Sunroof
    • Black leather seat trim
    • Heated, cooled front seats
    • Heated steering wheel
    • Powered steering column
    • Trailer camera views
    • Tow bar and 12-pin wiring harness
    • Electric trailer brake controller
    • Automatic trailer lighting test
    • GCM alert

    Silverado ZR2 removes the following:

    • Interior rear-view camera
    • Adaptive cruise control (replaced with regular cruise)
    • Head-up display
    • Front parking assist
    • Bose sound system (replaced with 6-speaker system)
    • Sunroof
    • Powered steering column (replaced with manual column)

    Silverado ZR2 adds:

    • Enhanced two-speed transfer case
    • Electric locking front and rear differentials
    • Multimatic DSSV dampers
    • Special ZR2 skid plates
    • Front recovery hooks

    MORE: Everything Chevrolet Silverado

    Scott Collie

    Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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