LA LIVE: Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

LA LIVE: Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

Chevrolet has unveiled an off-road oriented version of its mid-size Colorado known as the ZR2. The Colorado ZR2 will compete directly against Toyota‘s all-new Tacoma TRD Pro.

Using the Colorado as a base, Chevrolet engineers widened the ZR2’s track by 3.5-inches and raised the suspension by two inches. The Colorado ZR2 rides on 17-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in 31-inch Goodyear Duratrac off-road tires.

The ZR2’s lifted suspension includes Dynamic Suspensions Spool Valve (DSSV) dampers, which were developed by Chevy initially for the high-performance Camaro Z/28. Chevy says the Colorado ZR2 is the first production off-road vehicle to use the DSSV tech.

“From our experience on Z/28, we knew the performance advantages offered by DSSV dampers, ” said Mark Dickens, executive director, Performance Variants, Performance Parts and Motorsports Engineering, Chevrolet. “We also know that Multimatic’s motorsport development mentality would allow us to bring a uniquely precise and repeatable custom damper to market even more quickly than a traditional damper system.”

In order to prepare the Colorado’s body for off-road duty, Chevy equipped the ZR2 with underbody skid plates and boulder-busting side rails. Chevy also reshaped the ZR2’s bumpers for better approach and departure angles.

The Colorado ZR2 ships standard with a four-wheel drive system that features class-exclusive front and rear electronic lockers. No fewer than nine modes are available for the Colorado ZR2’s 4WD system.

ZR2 buyers will be able two select from two different powertrains — a 3.6L gas V6 developing 308 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque or a Duramx diesel making 181 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. In either form the ZR2 can tow up to 5,000 pounds or haul 1,100 pounds in its bed. Several accessories will be available for the ZR2, including a bed-mounted tire mount.

Chevrolet will announce pricing for the Colorado ZR2 closer to the truck’s market introduction.

Live photos by Brian Williams.

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