General Motors Co. has recently unveiled the Chevrolet Colorado Rally Concept at the Buenos Aires International Motor Show. Last March, the Chevrolet Colorado Show Truck debuted at the Bangkok International Auto Show but the double cab sheetmetal of the Rally Concept is more similar to how the production pickup will look.
The Rally Concept is great for going off-road, making it a strong contender at the Dakar Rally in Argentina. Chile is a co-host country.
It’s a smaller sibling to the GMC Sierra All-Terrain concept and is the successor to the Chevy S-10 ZR2. The Colorado Concept has been fitted with a set of 305/60R18 BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A tires as well as with top-performing long-travel suspension with remote reservoir shocks that are comparable to the All-Terrain's dampers.
In case the vehicle gets stuck, it won’t matter which way it’s pointed since the winches are incorporated into the front and rear bumpers.
In its cargo box is where a spare wheel and tire are placed. Its interior features a rally theme as it has a twin cockpit design. To keep the driver and navigator in their places, there are Baja-ready race seats that feature five-point harnesses.
Controls on the center console enable the driver to make adjustments to the tire pressure and suspension settings. Occupants are protected from side impacts by acrylic windows. And for air circulation, it has molded inlets. It even has a fire extinguisher there for those unexpected accidents.
The Colorado is powered by a new 2.8-liter four-cylinder diesel engine that distributes power to the wheels through all-wheel drive. A version of the second-gen Chevy Colorado is expected to be produced and offered in the U.S. and Canada but it’s unlikely that a diesel engine version would be available due to stringent U.S. emissions standards.
Ergonomics is one of the key concepts of the Colorado Rally with improvements to the interior including a dark grey ash textured look on the dash and modifications which will allow tools for a race car to be inserted with relative ease.
Changes to the display console include the ability to manipulate the tyre pressure, temperature dials, extra fuel pumps, hardened dampers and the opportunity to access fire extinguishers.
A set of LEDs inserted into the sports steering wheel indicates the engine speed and the wheel also comes with a flattened curve for comfort. The four command buttons located in the center display can activate the headlights, deploying a boost of compressed air to expel the cabin quickly, and a speed inhibiter for urban areas. In addition, it can change information quickly much like a computer.
The Colorado Rally Concept comes with a raft of sporty seats with five point seatbelts to allow for complete safety of the driver. The seats come with the latest in Neoprene lining, a delicate orange stitching which allows for a “Raschel” lattice and a deep, comfortable feeling. An aluminum underlay lines the cabin to allow people to clean their shoes and provide an enhanced grip in all conditions.
What continues to make the Concept so remarkable is the interior cage which not only provides excellent protection as well as a lattice to mount cameras or lighting. The GPS system is the most up-to-date model available. It also comes with the most interesting and rewarding package -- the Hydration Pack. Around the Colorado Rally Concept, there are insulated containers with isotonic liquids available to the occupants.
These liquids can be drunk through tubes which are connected to the lattice and that will allow the driver and navigator to have a drink throughout the competition without them having to leave the road. The final touches include a first aid kit and extra tool cases.