LA: Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Is Mid-Size Diesel Off-Roader

colorado zr2

The Colorado takes rockin’ in the free world to new heights for Chevrolet with the debut of the ZR2 at the Los Angeles Auto Show. 

The ZR2 is a new off-roading version of the popular midsize truck market once owned solely by the Toyota Tacoma. Chevrolet began showing off the concept two years ago. Now the mega-cool ZR2 Colorado will look to be going to production. It outfits the Colorado for a whole other dimension of off-roading. And looks really really sweet doing it.

Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

The model on display shows Chevy serving up a feast for all you fierce truck fans. The model reinvents the Colorado with a 3.5-inch wider tracks. It gets an extra two-inches ground clearance when comparing it to the Colorado Z71. The front and rear bumpers are adapted for more clearance.

The off-roading look comes from the large skid plate, steel-tube rocker panels, black hood dome, and 31-inch tires. Yep. Thirty-one-inches. All in all it adds up to an off-roading beast.

Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

The truck’s development comes from the same Performance sector of the company. Yes, the same section responsible for the likes of the Camaro ZL1. Exclusive front and rear electronic locking differentials come standard. It gets special DSSV suspension.

The shocks are created by Multimatic. This company works on F1 cars. It helped make the 2014 Camaro Z/28 as well. This creates a truck Chevy says will take you from the rocky mountain to the daily commute with ease.

Rather than offer a whole other engine, like the Ford Raptor, it offers the diesel engine. Yep, the same V6 diesel available on standard Colorados. Chevrolet touts the idea that the model focuses on maneuverability with its convenient size and less on raw power.

2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

Photo Credit: Dan MacMedan for Chevrolet
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