Chevrolet Colorado Rally Concept unveiled at 2011 Buenos Aires Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on June 16, 2011

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.

Press Release

Chevrolet introduces the second concept of the next generation of pick ups in the 5 th International Motor Show in Buenos Aires

Chevrolet revealed in the 5 th International Motor Show in Buenos Aires, Colorado Rally, the second concept of what will be the next generation midsize pickups global brand. The premiere of the Rally version, following the presentation of the first Concept of Colorado Hall of Bangkok last March. These two pick ups will allow us to visualize how the next generation of pick ups global brand.

The tradition of Chevrolet pickups were characterized by their robustness and strength. This concept combines design elements from Chevrolet's legendary ability to develop vehicles with excellent performance both on and off the road.

"The Concept Rally Colorado, once again demonstrates that the DNA of competition is in the blood of Chevrolet. One of these characteristics Concept reaffirms our commitment to the future of the brand and also part of the centennial celebration of Chevrolet around the world, "said Jaime Ardila, president of GM South America.

"We are honored to be posted in Argentina for the first time in eastern Concept symbolizes the evolution of Chevrolet pickups in the world. We celebrate with pride the development of GM South America, "said Sergio Rocha, President and CEO of GM Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay.

For the construction of the Colorado Rally, GM designers in South America, conducted extensive research on this subject. Every item developed for this Concept was designed to improve vehicle performance in all fields and also to help the pilot and navigator.

This Concept is a version of pick-up double cabin, equipped with four-wheel drive, aluminum rims 18 "double-ended (machining and polishing) and 305/60 R18 tires. The power of the Colorado Rally Concept comes from an efficient 2.8-liter turbodiesel engine that delivers excellent torque for this car rally.

The Colorado Rally Concept has features that allow even better prepared for the off-road activity. It has high performance shock absorbers 140mm and a remote reservoir with fluid. It is also equipped with a system that allows you to increase during the suspension at 5 centimeters and consequently the height relative to the floor.

Both the front and rear, the Rally Colorado is equipped with integrated winch to the bumper, 5.5 hp, with a capacity of 4 tons of traction and reinforced steel cables 23 meters long.

Design details

Painted white pearl, the Colorado Rally Concept, has unique features developed by the GM Design Center in South America, exclusively for this vehicle. The windows are made of acrylic, which ensures greater protection from side impacts and also have holes for air circulation, as temperatures inside a rally car can exceed 50 degrees Celsius.

As for the bodywork, Colorado Rally, has a roll bar, support for the spare tire in the box and other decorative details in color "Charcoal" textured. Also in the box, this pickup has a plastic protector and a box of tools specifically developed for this Concept. It also has running boards stylized fueling nozzle exposed executed in aluminum. In order to improve aerodynamics and reduce vehicle weight, the designers have chosen to introduce a perforated back cover.

"Robust and aggressive lines of the Colorado Concept, presented in Bangkok were the perfect foundation for building a car rally. Certainly, with the debut of the Concept in the Hall of Buenos Aires will have a preview of what we see on the roads around the world in a while, "said Carlos Barba, General Director of GM Design America.

"The Concept Rally Colorado is looking to the future of the global Chevrolet pickups. With this concept, the brand demonstrates its leadership in building vehicles with great design and capacity, "said Brad Merkel, Executive GM Global Vehicle.

All external lighting of this pickup is comprised of lamps and lights that use LED technology. The Colorado Rally Concept has sidelights and high performance lighting incorporated into the outside rearview mirrors, as well as long range lights on the ceiling and auxiliary lights on the front bumper.

Inside: a separate show

The interior of the pick up Colorado Rally Concept is focused on ergonomics and functionality. The top of the dashboard is covered in textured leather color "Very Dark Grey Ash" and was fully adapted to incorporate the tools in a race car.

The center console, for example, has pressure and temperature gauges and controls that adjust the tire pressure, the hardness of the dampers, operate fire extinguishers and additional fuel pumps.

The sports steering wheel has a flattened curve and a set of LEDs indicating engine speed (the most important indicator for the pilot), allowing you to find the best time to shift gears. It also has four command buttons that alter the central display panel (alternating different information like a computer board), turn on the headlights, the Air Boost (a compressed air system that cleans the air quickly cabin, in situations where the vehicle is in a cloud of dust) and the speed limiter in the urban stretches.

The seats are sporty Colorado Rally Concept, type "shell" and has seatbelts five points that allow a total clamping of the pilots. They are lined Neoprene with orange stitching and has a lattice "Raschel" that gives the illusion of depth, black with orange background. The carpets of this pick up are aluminum with some holes and are placed a few millimeters above the floor. The purpose of this is to allow the occupants to clean your shoes and ensure a better grip.

Within the Colorado Rally, another item that stands out is the internal structure of occupant protection (cage), which facilitates the placement of extra equipment such as cameras or auxiliary lighting for the browser.

And speaking of pilots and navigators, the Colorado Rally Concept, offers a GPS navigation system of last generation and also a Hydration Pack. The latter is thermally insulated boxes containing an isotonic solution for hydration of the occupants, which passes through small tubes connected directly to the hull of them, allowing them to stay hydrated throughout the competition without removing from the road . In addition to these two cases, this concept has additional tool boxes and a first aid kit.

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