As it turns out, Chevy’s eight-speed V6 performer may still be a bargain. Fresh from its premiere at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, the powerhouse pickup-truck manufacturer is set to release the new Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 this Spring.
Not to be outdone by its 4x4 competitors (The Dodge Ram Power Wagon and Ford Raptor), Chevy is selling the pickup at a starting price of 40,995 USD (inclusive of 940 USD destination charges). Well, that’s a whole lot cheaper than the base prices of Dodge’s three quarter ton pickup or Ford’s supercab!
Out of all these, the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro is probably its closest competitor. But if we are to compare the roughly 41,000 USD you will be spending on the new Colorado, the ZR2 is still more affordable and cheaper by more or less 2,705 USD. The Tacoma 6-speed automatic costs around 43,700 USD. Meanwhile, the manual Toyota pickup is priced for as low as 41,700 USD. Just the same, Chevy still offers a lot of bargain for an 8-speed automatic powered pickup, don’t you think?
The Colorado has been considered as the toughest off-road pickup in its class. It not only comes with the latest electronics that work along with its off-road powertrain, but is also equipped with the exclusive Multimatic suspensions spool valve. For better off-road performance, the Colorado is 2 inches higher and 3.5 inches wider.
Chevrolet offers two engine variants, the 2.8 liter Duramax turbo diesel and the 3.6 liter V6 (both mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission). Ford Raptor and Dodge Ram Power Wagon as we know, does not come with any diesel variant. The 2.8-liter engine is capable of delivering up to 186 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque while the 3.6 liter V6 has up to 308hp and 275 lb-ft powerful outputs.
All ZR2 Colorados will be in four-wheel drive layout and will be sitting on Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac off-road tyres. For enhanced convenience and safety, some of its features already include recovery hooks, wireless smart device charger, rear sliding window, spray-on bed liner and a choice between tow or haul drive mode system, among so much more.
According to its press release, some customers may come across a full-specced pickup for an additional cost. But with Chevrolet Colorado’s $40,995 starting price, customers can get a hold of all the latest off-road technologies, including an 8-speed automatic transmission and other significant features at no extra charge. We say, if you’re hunting for a great bargain pickup truck, it’s no longer necessary to check out the next shopping window.