2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 pickup priced for as low as $40,995

Article by Christian A., on February 10, 2017

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.

Press Release


After revitalizing an entire truck market segment with the launch of the Chevy Colorado, Chevrolet continues to innovate in the midsize pickup segment. The high-performance, off-road ZR2 trim level will launch this spring for the 2017 model year with a starting price of $40,995 MSRP including a $940 destination fee.

“ZR2 is truly a segment of one and does everything well — from traversing heavy two-track trails to high-speed desert running and full-on rock crawling. We’re thrilled to be able to offer it for more than $2,500 less than the next closest comparable vehicles. Taken in the context of serious off-roading, $2,000 will buy you 50 years of annual passes to Arches National Park in Moab, Utah,” said Sandor Piszar, Chevrolet Trucks marketing director.

“Some vehicles that customers might cross-shop with ZR2 can spec out as much as $26,000 more than our truck — or the price of a well-equipped 2017 Colorado. When you buy a ZR2 at the starting price of $40,995, you are getting all of the significant off-road technologies standard with the vehicle, as well as an eight-speed automatic transmission and a wealth of other features at no additional cost.”

Available options on the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 will include:

Class-exclusive 2.8L Duramax Turbo-Diesel engine, paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, capable of 186 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque
Choice of crew- or extended cab configurations (including short and long beds, respectively)
7-speaker Bose premium audio system
Dealer-installed, bed-mounted spare tire carrier
Full-length black vinyl floor (no additional cost — standard interior features leather seats and carpet)
The ZR2’s starting MSRP includes a number of key standard features unique to the trim level, such as:

Class-exclusive front and rear locking electronic differentials
Revolutionary, segment-exclusive Multimatic Dynamic Suspensions Spool Valve (DSSVTM) dampers
Off-road rocker protection
Modified front and rear bumpers for better off-road obstacle clearance
Exclusive ZR2 17 x 8-inch aluminum alloy wheels
31-inch Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac off-road tires
New cast-iron control arms
An aluminum skidplate that protects the radiator and engine oil pan
Autotrac transfer case
Transfer case shield
Aggressive grille and hood combo unique to ZR2
Modified rear axle with a 3.42 ratio
Front and rear tracks widened 3.5 inches over a standard Colorado
Suspension lifted 2 inches over a standard Colorado
Off-Road Mode Technology
4-wheel disc brakes
Other standard features include:

Tow/haul mode
Trailering Package, including trailer hitch and 7-pin connector
Integrated trailer brake controller
Spray-on bedliner
Heated driver and passenger front seats
Wireless phone charging
Rear sliding window
EZ Lift and Lower tailgate
Locking tailgate
Recovery hooks
A six-speaker audio system with Chevrolet MyLink Radio with Navigation and an 8-inch diagonal color touchscreen, AM/FM stereo with seek-and-scan and a digital clock, Bluetooth streaming audio for music and select phones, voice-activated technology for radio and phone featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability as well as an auxiliary jack
All-terrain spare tire with unique ZR2 wheel
Four USB ports: one on the instrument panel, one in the center console and two in the rear of the center console
Electronic automatic cruise control
Rear window electric defogger
OnStar 4G LTE with built-in Wi-Fi
Rear Vision Camera
Remote keyless entry
Remote vehicle starter system
4-way power front driver and passenger seat adjuster with power driver lumbar control
Rear seats with underseat storage
Standard powertrain is the 3.6L DI DOHC V6 with a class-leading 308 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque that is shared with other Colorado models.

The ZR2 is available only as a four-wheel-drive vehicle.

The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 goes on sale this spring.

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