Posted by Justin L on September 12, 2017
Better late than never as some may say and this came in time to go up against other major players in the pickup segment. Two years later, Chevy is releasing their diesel-powered, off-roading Colorado pickup.
The 2014 concept looks identical to the production truck with a power bulge on the hood. The front bumper was redesigned for better approach angles and integrating an aluminum skid plate. The suspension is lifted two inches, the track is 3.5 inches wider in front and back, and the 31-inch off-road tires come standard.
The ZR2 will come equipped with the Multimatic DSSV shocks - the same ones used on the Camaro Z/28. This will be the first off-road vehicle to use the dampers. The Dynamic Suspension Spool, Valve allows for precise tuning of the shock.
Additions of the ZR2 are the front and rear electronic locking differentials, which allow a Mercedes-Benz G-Class level of obsessive lockup, including the center transfer case. There is an Off-Road mode button, which calibrates traction control, ABS, and throttle response for running in the dirt or mud.
Powertrain choices are the same as the standard Colorado - 308 hp 3.6-liter V6 or a 2.8-liter Duramax diesel with 369 pound-feet of torque. Both engines mate up to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Colorado has a 1,000 pound bed capacity and can pull up to 5,000 pounds worth of trailer