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.