Highlights from Chevrolet at SEMA 2021: Off-Road Warriors

2022 Silverado ZR2 | Dixon, IL

Chevrolet made a huge splash at SEMA 2021. From high-performance off-road trucks to athletic SUVs, the bowtie brand showcased an array of cool, customized vehicles.

The Chevy Beast was the star of the lineup. This concept vehicle is based on a modified Silverado chassis, optimized for high-performance desert running. Under the hood, it boasts a 650-horsepower Chevrolet Performance LT4 crate engine, paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission. This monster rides on 37-inch-tall off-road tires and offers four Recaro® performance seats.

While the Chevy Beast is a concept model that won’t be produced for public purchase, the automaker showed off a few of its off-road-oriented production models: the 2022 Silverado ZR2 and the 2022 Colorado Z71 Off-Road Performance Edition.

The new 2022 Silverado ZR2 is ready to go from the showroom to the trails, with built-in features like Multimatic 40mm DSSV spool-valve dampers, high-approach bumpers, and 33-inch off-road tires. The Colorado, on the other hand, boasts the Trail Boss Package. This package lives up to its name by providing skid plates, a 1-inch suspension leveling kit, and red tow hooks.

Other stylish and capable models on display as SEMA this year included the 2022 Tahoe Z71 Overlanding concept, which rides on 33-inch off-road wheels, boasts an Off-Road Recovery Kit, and a variety of enhancements available via Chevrolet Accessories.

Want to check out the very latest off-road Chevrolet models? Come to Ken Nelson Chevrolet in Dixon, Illinois.

2022 Chevy Suburban Updates

2022 Chevrolet Suburban | Dixon, IL

The 2022 Chevrolet Suburban received some major updates for the latest model year. With new colors, additional connectivity features, and increased V8 availability, the 2022 Chevrolet Suburban offers even more family-friendly capability.

More Power For Your Daily Drive

Want more towing power and energized performance? The 420-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 is now available at the RST, Z71 and Premier trim levels. And if you’re looking to refine your ride, you can enjoy standard Magnetic Ride Control on the Premier and High Country trims, or opt for it on the Z71. On top of that, the Suburban now offers an electronic limited-slip differential to boost traction under slippery conditions.

High-Tech Convenience

The new Suburban offers even more ways to help you stay connected on the go. On the LT trim level and above, you’ll find a 12.3-inch-diagonal configurable digital instrument cluster, along with 13 available camera views — including a transparent trailer view to help you see what’s going on behind your cargo.

And in addition to smartphone connectivity, the Suburban now offers Google integration. This enables you to enjoy on-the-go access to Google Maps, Google Assistant, and a selection of apps, which you can download from Google Play.

Express Yourself

For the latest model year, the 2022 Chevrolet Suburban offers three eye-catching new colors: Auburn Metallic, Evergreen Gray Metallic, and Dark Ash Metallic.

Drive home in the latest Chevrolet Suburban from Ken Nelson Chevrolet in Dixon, Illinois.

What Is the ZR2 & Why Is It Coming to the Silverado?

Chevrolet Silverado | Dixon, IL

Chevrolet first offered the ZR2 off-road package in 1994 on the Chevrolet S-10 pickup. Since then, it has expanded to be available on other Chevy trucks and SUVs. Most recently, it was relaunched as a trim level on the Chevrolet Colorado and has been there since 2017.

Now, Chevrolet has teased that the ZR2 trim will be making its way to the Silverado lineup for the 2022 model year at Ken Nelson Chevrolet. Here are some Silverado ZR2 details you should know.

What is the ZR2 package?

The ZR2 is an equipment and performance package that enhances off-road capabilities. On the Colorado, it adds ZR2 off-road suspension, an automatic locking rear differential, increased ground clearance, an Off-Road Appearance Package, and a Multimatic DSSV™ Damping System.

What can we expect on the Silverado ZR2?

As for the Silverado ZR2, we don’t know specifics yet, but we expect to see similar off-road-ready features. Car and Driver suggests that the Silverado ZR2 will come equipped with 35-inch tires, front and rear locking differentials, skid plates, and a suspension lift.

Chevrolet says this exciting new addition to the Silverado lineup will be making its debut this fall at dealerships — including here at Ken Nelson Chevrolet in Dixon, Illinois. If you want a pickup truck that offers maximum off-roading potential, keep an eye out for the debut of the Silverado ZR2.

Off-Road Parks Near Dixon, IL to Take Your Chevy Silverado

2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 | Dixon, IL

One of the best parts about owning a capable truck like the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is the taking advantage of its off-roading capabilities. Nothing beats seeing what your truck can really do. To properly test out the Silverado’s off-roading readiness, here are some great places you can take your Chevrolet Silverado 1500 near Dixon, Illinois

River Road Rally Park

With the exception of a temporary close during 2020 due to the pandemic, River Road Rally Park in nearby McHenry, Illinois, has been a go-to site for truck-lovers in the area. The park is set to open back up this spring season in 2021. Take your Silverado here to start experiencing some off-road excursions as the weather warms up.

Badlands Off-Road Park

Right across the Illinois-Indiana border is Badlands Off-Road Park in Attica, Indiana. While a bit of trek from Dixon, Illinois, the trip is well worth the drive when you see the trails that this park has to offer. Its “Badlands” name might seem a bit ironic in retrospect, as these lands are certainly good for having fun with your Silverado.

If you need a new Silverado 1500 for your off-road adventure, feel free to reach out to our sales team here at Ken Nelson Chevrolet. We’ll help you find the model that’s equipped with the best off-road enhancements that Chevy offers.

A Look at the 2021 Traverse Midnight and Sport Editions

2021 Chevrolet Traverse | Dixon, IL

If you’re looking to add some extra style and eye-catching appeal to your 2021 Chevrolet Traverse, we have some great news. We’re proud to offer our customers two new packages for the Traverse: the Midnight Edition package and Sport Edition package.

These two editions, previously only available on models like the Chevy Malibu, Equinox, and Trax, are now available on the 2021 Traverse’s LS and LT trims. Opting for the Midnight Edition will give you classy black features and details that replace the usual chrome. You’ll enjoy stylish black roof rails, 18-inch gloss aluminum wheels and center caps, logos, and badging. The Traverse’s exterior is also colored Mosaic Black Metallic for a more striking appearance.

The Sport Edition package offers most of the same options you’ll find in the Midnight Edition, but with a few extra twists. This edition includes a black tailgate applique and black fog lamp bezels, and offers color options beyond just Mosaic Black Metallic. These colors include Cajun Red Tintcoat, Summit White, and Iridescent Pearl Tricoat.

If you’re interested in driving off the lot of Ken Nelson Chevrolet in either the Midnight or Sport edition of the 2021 Traverse, visit our dealership in Dixon, Illinois.