What makes the Silverado 1500 good for towing and off road.

The new MY23 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 offering significant enhancements inside the freshly restyled cabin environment, advancements in exterior aesthetics and the introduction of the first-ever ZR2.

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  • New Model Year 2023 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 range released
  • First-ever ZR2 offers unheralded off-road capability complemented by on-road refinement
  • All-new interior appearance enhances cabin environment
  • 4.5-tonne towing available with the LTZ Premium and 4.2-tonne on the off-road focused ZR2

“The MY23 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 will help people in their quest to Live Big, whether towing their caravan or boat^, off-roading, or simply getting from A-to-B in a premium full-size truck,” said Director of GM Specialty Vehicles, Greg Rowe.

“The first-ever ZR2 will become a go-to vehicle for those who want to adventure off the beaten track but the suppleness and refinement of the vehicle means that the journey is as enjoyable as the destination.”

A more detailed review can be found HERE 

2023 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ Premium Interior

MY23 Updates

The exterior of the new MY23 features a redesigned front-fascia complete with new daytime running lights.  But, the biggest and most immediate change is an entirely new interior.

“The inside of the Silverado has been fully redesigned and features a sweeping horizontal instrument panel that makes the cabin feel more spacious and gives it a premium feel,” said Mr Rowe.

This includes a 13.4-inch-diagonal colour touchscreen and new 12.3-inch-diagonal configurable digital instrument cluster and the introduction of an electronic transmission shift control now located on the centre console.

Both the LTZ Premium and the ZR2 feature the 6.2-litre EcoTech3 V8 engine, the most powerful naturally aspirated V8 engine in its class with 313kW of power and 624Nm of torque. (VFACTS “Pick-Up/CC > $100K” segment)

When towing, the 10-speed automatic transmission provides seamless and smooth transitions from gear to gear.

Safety is at the forefront in the MY23 truck, with both models offering a comprehensive suite of active and passive advanced safety technology and driver assistance features.^^

Some of these standard features include Rear-Cross Traffic Alert, StabiliTrak® Electronic Stability Control System with Traction Control and Forward Collision Alert with Low-Speed Automatic Emergency Braking.

The MY23 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ Premium and ZR2 will be available in nine different exterior colours.

In Australia, the MY23 Silverado LTZ Premium has a recommended retail price of $128,000 and the Silverado ZR2 is available from $133,000*.

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MY23 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 ZR2: Key Features and Attributes

The ZR2 could be called ‘A full-size truck with on-road performance and off-road capability’

ZR2 Suspension Package with High-Performance Lifted Suspension and Multimatic DSSV™ dampers

The DSSV dampers can help increase maximum front- and rear-suspension travel by using three separate spool valves to control damping and three connected chambers for fluid flow.

Front and Rear Electronic Locking Differentials (E-Lockers)

Can be engaged for additional traction when driving in off-road situations such as mud, snow, steep hills, and uneven terrain, providing maximum traction in all terrains with minimal effort.

Two-speed transfer case with push button controls

With Four-Low for low-speed off-road capabilities.

Drive Modes, including Terrain Mode, with ‘One Pedal Driving’ experience

Allows for precise control through the use of the accelerator pedal and braking to handle tough terrain.  The Silverado ZR2 can be brought to a complete stop by simply lifting off the accelerator pedal.

Front Grille-Mounted Camera

Under-truck front image displayed on the interior screen, which helps to see rocks, debris, and obstacles along the trail.  It includes a water-repellent coating and a washer to help keep clean off-road.

33-inch tyres

Provide a softer and more compliant ride which are better for road driving and offer all-round capability.

Large Aluminium Underbody ZR2 Skid Plates

Unique aluminium skid plates allow for optimised off-road capability.

Innovative Bumper and exhaust placement

The bumper is designed with removable end caps for easier replacement in the event of close encounters with rocks or other off-road objects.  The dual exhaust has been placed before the rear bumper to eliminate potential damage.

ZR2 Identifiers

A unique black chrome grille with a Chevrolet ‘flow-tie’ emblem, raised black hood insert with ZR2 badging, exclusive ZR2 wheel flares, unique 18” Gloss Black wheels and exclusive Jet Black/Graystone leather-appointed interior with dark trim.

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MY23 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ Premium: Key Features and Attributes

Exterior aesthetics

New front-fascia and grille design complete with new daytime running lights.

Interior treatment

A fully reimagined interior contains an electronic transmission shift controller now located on the centre console and a 13.4-inch diagonal colour touchscreen complemented by a 12.3-inch configurable instrument cluster.

Additional LTZ Premium highlights

  • New 20-inch Sterling Silver Wheels with All-Terrain tyres
  • Jet Black leather-appointed interior
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Power Sunroof
  • Technology Pack featuring Rear Camera Mirror, Multi-Colour 15-inch diagonal Head-Up Display and Bed View Camera.

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Silverado LTZ Premium Towing Camera Technology

A description of the views, cameras and functionality is as follows:

ViewSpecific CameraFunction

Hitch Views (x4)


Get a better look at your surroundings for more precise alignment when you’re connecting a trailer

Hitch viewProvides a close-up view of the receiver hitch for precise alignment when connecting to a trailer.
Surround viewGives a top-down bird’s-eye view of the truck’s surroundings.
Rear top-down viewShows the clearance between the truck bed and nearby objects.
Bed viewAllows you to see the cargo bed to help with hitching or to briefly check on cargo.

Driving Views (x6)


Camera views to help support vehicle and object views around your truck and trailer

Transparent trailer*Allows the driver to virtually ‘see through’ a compatible trailer using an available accessory camera.
Front camera viewDisplays front view to assist with parking and tight manoeuvres.
Pic-in-pic side view*Combines two views – the rear side and the rear trailer.
Rear camera mirror (LTZ Premium only)A dual-function camera-based rearview mirror that provides a wider, less obstructed field of view than a traditional rearview mirror.
Rear trailer view*Uses an available accessory camera to show objects behind a compatible trailer.
Inside trailer view*Allows the driver to monitor trailer contents or cargo using an available accessory camera that can be installed in the trailer.

Parking Views (x4)


Manoeuvre through tight car parks and along curbs with ease

Rear camera viewDisplays a rear view of the truck to assist with parking and tight manoeuvres or to hitch a trailer.
Rear side view/ turn signal activatedProvides a line of sight down each side of the truck and trailer via a split screen.  The turn signal activated function aids in lane-change manoeuvres by showing obstructions with the trailer in adjacent lanes.
Front side viewShows the position of the front tyres when parking and during tight manoeuvres.
Front top-down viewProvides a top-down view of the hood, bumper and front tyres for tight manoeuvres in car parks or along curbs.  Includes guidelines that can be turned on or off as necessary.

*Feature requires that the Chevrolet Trailer Camera Accessory be installed on a compatible trailer.  Feature not compatible with all trailers.

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Towing Tips from GMSV Silverado

When it comes to towing, the MY23 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has the credentials to get the job done with integrated towing technologies that help deliver confidence and make towing big loads easier.

Silverado offers several attributes which help make towing more manageable, including the proven technology of Trailer Sway Control, Hill Start Assist, and Auto Grade Braking.

In addition, provided that a compatible trailer is used, the Silverado LTZ Premium offers up to 14 different camera views, all to help with towing and trailering.

The variety of camera views help to assist with a number of tow-tasks, ranging from making it easier to connect to the trailer itself, providing confidence and peace of mind when on the road, as well as helping to manoeuvre into tight spots when arriving at your destination.

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Safe towing suggestions: Pre-tow checklist and on-the-road

Key recommendations which could make up part of a checklist include:

  • Ensure you are complying with local rules and regulations with regards to trailer operation, such as not exceeding gross vehicle mass requirements
  • Check tyre tread and air pressures as well as the hitch connection itself
  • After connecting your trailer to the correctly sized tow ball, attach the safety chain and electrical connection – then check to see the indicator and brake lights are working correctly
  • Always carry a spare wheel with the correct tyre jack and wheel changing equipment
  • With specific regards to a horse float, check the trailer flooring and that mats are firmly located in place to prevent tripping hazards

Once you’re on the road, remember the following:

  • Due to the extra combined mass of your vehicle and the horse float or trailer, increase your following distance and allow more space between you and other vehicles as you will need extra space to come to a stop
  • Conversely, you will also need to factor more space to accelerate, so look for bigger gaps before rejoining traffic
  • When driving, take corners a little wider than normal to allow for your longer load and to avoid hitting things on the inside of the curb

Of course, remember to always read and follow the vehicle and trailer manufacturers’ guidance and instructions before connecting your trailer and taking to the roads.


^When towing, always remember to read and follow the vehicle and trailer manufacturers’ guidance and instructions before connecting your trailer and taking to the roads.

 ^^Safety or driver assistance features are no substitute for the driver’s responsibility to operate the vehicle in a safe manner. The driver should remain attentive to traffic, surroundings and road conditions at all times. Visibility, weather and road conditions may affect feature performance. Read the vehicle Owner’s Manual for more important feature limitations and information.

 *$RRP includes GST but excludes any statutory charges and dealer delivery fees