Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2023 Launch details

Is the new Silverado ZR2 any good

Chevrolet Silverado – Larger Utes, termed Mid Size Pick Up Trucks are becoming more popular. Chevrolet just released their 2023 models of the popular Silverado 1500 model.

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Chev Silverado comes out of the factory as a LHD and is remanufactured in a plant in Australia. It’s the same parent group that remanufactures RAM trucks, amongst other engineering work.

The new Silverado 1500 comes in two models, aimed at two different sub sections of the market.

It comes in the LTZ Premium and the more 4WD orientated ZR2 models.

Both have the same engine/transmission combination. Both have the same cavernous interior space and tub. The major differences are in the details, bling, and functionality.

The LTZ Premium could be an alternative for premium SUVs and 4WD wagons. The ZR2 is definitely aimed at buyers that are more adventurous and want to do some serious 4WD work.

They come with a 6.2L V8 petrol engine and a 10 Sp Automatic Transmission with dual range 4WD capability. They will tow up to 4500kg depending on the model.

The latest Silverado 1500 are priced from $128,000 for the LTZ Premium and the Silverado ZR2 is available from $133,000 plus the usual on road costs.

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2023 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ Premium towing a van 2

What is good?

  • 4WD and towing ability
  • Improved ride and handling
  • Increased ground clearance (ZR2)

What is not so good?

  • A big 1000Nm diesel option would be nice.
  • Petrol V8 Thirst
  • Subpar warranty at 3 years

2023 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 models ZR2 towing a boat

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The mid-size pickup truck market is growing recently.

However, choices are limited. RAM 1500 is the obvious choice. However, Harrison F Trucks do an excellent F150 conversion. Toyota Tundra and Nissan Titan may be coming soon.

Ford is introducing the factory backed F150 later this year.

2023 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 models 6.2l V8 Petrol engine



Silverado ZR2

Model Price$133,000 MLP*
Engine6.2L V8 EcoTec Petrol
Drivetrain10 Sp Sports AT Dual range 4WD
Power313.0kW @ 5600rpm
Torque624Nm @ 4100rpm
0-100kmh / Top SpeedTBA
CO2 EmissionsTBA
Economy ADR13.2L/100k / 91L capacity
Economy on testN/A
Max Range689km
Servicing12Mth / 12,000km Capped Price
Warranty3yr/ 100,000 km
Roadside Assist3Yr. conditional roadside assist

*MLP Includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of options. Some features mentioned in the article are options. RDAP means Recommended Drive Away Price (without options but including all other charges)

2023 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ Premium Interior

Overall Rating    


Behind the Wheel9
Ride and Handling8
Fit for Purpose9
AWD/Towing Capability*10 (4WD 5/5 Towing 5/5)
Value for Money9

*Towing and AWD capability is measured against similar vehicles in the same class.

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Overall Length5931mm
Wheels18×8.5 Alloy
Tyres275/70 R18
Max ground clearanceUp to 296mm
Wading DepthTBA mm
Approach31.8 degrees
Departure angle23.3 degrees
Turning Circle KTK14.4m
Tub Length1776mm
Tub Width1813mm
Tub width arches1286mm
Tub Depth569mm
Kerb Weight2583kg
Payload (kg)717kg
GVM (kg)3300kg
Towing Capacity3500kg (50mm ball) 4200kg (70mm ball)
Tow Ball rating350kg (50mm ball) 400kg (70mm ball)

2023 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ Premium rear

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Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.