LOS ANGELES–Chevrolet is taking its midsize pickup truck off the pavement for 2017. Targeted at serious off-road enthusiasts, the Colorado ZR2 model features a number of equipment upgrades designed to improve the pickup’s climbing and rock-crawling ability.
Available for extended- and crew-cab bodies, the ZR2 comes decked out with a host of trail-ready equipment and design features, including:
- 3.5-inch wider track
- 3.0-inch lifted suspension
- Front and rear bumpers modified to improve clearance
- Heavy-duty cast-iron control arms
- Electronic locking front- and rear differentials
- Alloy 17×8-inch wheels shod in 31-inch Goodyear Duratrac tires
Also exclusive to the ZR2 among Colorado trim levels is the Multimatic Dynamic Suspensions Spool Valve (DSSV), an adaptive suspension control system first seen on the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.
The ZR2’s 4WD system includes nine drive selections, ranging from 2WD to 4WD Low with the center-, front-, and rear differentials locked.
The ZR2 will be available with a 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter 4-cylinder turbodiesel. Both engines mate to an 8-speed automatic transmission.
Cosmetic upgrades include unique black exterior trim elements and an available in-bed spare tire.
The Colorado ZR2 goes on sale in Spring 2017. Pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date.
The Chevrolet Colorado and its GMC Canyon corporate cousin have proven to be smash hits for General Motors. Yet, despite their broad consumer appeal, these trucks lack the reputation for serious off-road prowess enjoyed by segment stalwart Toyota Tacoma. Even if it sells only in small volume, the ZR2 will give the Colorado lineup a halo model and improve the truck’s credibility with serious off-road enthusiasts.