Deliveries begin for the first batch of the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

Article by Christian A., on May 3, 2017

The long-awaited Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 is coming your way! The company had just announced that the first batch of its off-road pickup truck had just left the Wentzville, Missouri factory, and the first few people who ordered will get them as early as this month.

We first saw this monster truck during last November’s Los Angeles Auto Show. And we all know that this one isn’t like any other trucks out there. This is hardcore. During the auto show, the truck showed us what it is capable of - tackling the toughest real life off-road scenarios. In fact, its whole body has been developed for circumstances like this.

The midsize truck has a whole new level of suspension, with its body being lifted by two inches. It has a new set of cast-iron control arms, increasing the truck’s track width by 3.5 inches. The new front and rear bumpers give more space, allowing the truck to fit a set of 31-inch Goodyear Duratrac tires on the 17x8-inch wheels.

Similar to the technology the Chevy Camaro Z/28 uses, the ZR2 is made with Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve (DSSV) dampers from Multimatic, to help suspend its control arms. Keep in mind that Multimatic was the same company that assembled the Ford GT.

As for the engine, customers can choose between a 3.6-liter V6 gas engine and a 2.8 liter turbodiesel, paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, which brings powers to the four wheels. The 3.6-liter produces 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, while the 2.8 yields 186 horses and 369 pound-feet of torque.

Features that come standard with the model are skid plates, rock rails, functional recovery hooks, a spray-on bedliner, and wireless charging for your mobile phones. One of the cooler options is the bed-mounted full-size spare tire that’s pretty functional too.

To make it clear, the ZR2’s performance isn’t a mere theory anymore as we have actual proof. Prototypes of the ZR2 have been tried and tested in several off-road parks around the United States as well as on the famous Rubicon trail.

The Chevrolet Colorado ZR2’s main rival in the industry would be Toyota’s Tacoma TRD Pro that is already out in the market. As for the price, both models are priced very similarly. The ZR2 has a starting price of $40,995 (excluding the $940 destination fee) that is slightly cheaper than its alternative, the Tacoma with a starting price of $43,700. However, the Tacoma has a manual option that only sells for $41,700.

So if you’re into serious off-roading, the Colorado ZR2 may be a good fit for you.

Press Release

FIRST COLORADO ZR2 PICKUPS HEADING TO CUSTOMERS

Initial deliveries of the highly anticipated 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 pickup have begun. The first production trucks shipped from the Wentzville Assembly Center 40 miles west of St. Louis, Missouri, on Friday. Customers who placed early orders will begin receiving their trucks in May.

Among this first batch of vehicles is a Red Hot Crew Cab equipped with the 3.6L V-6 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission to be raced by Chad Hall of Hall Racing. This truck will make its competition debut in August in the Best in the Desert race series.

“The Colorado ZR2 really caught our attention with its built-in versatility and the high-speed, off-road potential of the Multimatic DSSV dampers,” said Hall. “We love the ground clearance, ride stability, departure and breakover angles of the ZR2, and the inherent light weight and maneuverability of its midsize package. It should be a great platform for us to build an off-road desert-racing truck.”

Following its modifications, the truck will be used as a development vehicle in races at this year’s Best in the Desert series, including the General Tire Vegas to Reno presented by FOX on August 18 and 19 and the VT Construction Tonopah 250 presented by Polaris on October 19-22.

These events will help provide an excellent validation test of Chevrolet Performance Parts being developed for Colorado owners looking to customize their vehicles for improved off-road performance.

“Producing the Colorado midsize pickup has been a great honor, not to mention great business for the Wentzville plant,” said Satya Veerapaneni, plant manager, GM Wentzville Assembly Center. “ZR2 helps to take the Colorado nameplate to the next level, and we’re thrilled to be delivering one of the very first of these trucks to Hall Racing. We look forward to following its performance at upcoming races throughout 2017.”

The ZR2 is effectively a segment of one, combining the nimbleness and maneuverability of a midsize pickup with a host of new off-road features and the most off-road technology of any vehicle in its segment.

Compared to a standard Colorado, the ZR2 features front and rear tracks that have been widened by 3.5 inches and a suspension lifted by 2 inches. Functional rockers have been added for better performance over rocks and obstacles, and the front and rear bumpers have been modified for better off-road clearance.

Class-exclusive features include front and rear electronic locking differentials, available diesel engine and the first off-road application of Multimatic Dynamic Suspensions Spool Valve (DSSVTM) damper technology.

ZR2 is officially on sale in dealerships nationwide, joining the award-winning Colorado midsize pickup family. The standard Colorado was recently updated for the 2017 model year with an all-new V-6 engine and a class-exclusive eight-speed automatic transmission.

As with all Chevrolet trucks, the Colorado ZR2 is built with durability in mind, including a fully boxed frame, roll-formed high-strength steel bed and Duralife brake rotors.

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