For drivers who love rolling on the off-road for some rough adventures, Chevrolet and American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) has very juicy proposition for you – the new Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. It is strong, tough and well-protected and is all ready to create thrilling experiences drivers could never enjoy on the road.
The new Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison is essentially an all-new performance variant of the brand’s midsize truck. It is the result of collaboration between Chevrolet and premium off-road aftermarket manufacturer AEV.
The toughness of the new Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison lies on the amount of protection it has for off-road adventures. Its key undercarriage elements are well protected even the Colorado ZR2 Bison traverses through rocky or jagged terrain. In fact, the engine oil pan, transfer case, fuel tank as well as the front and rear locking differentials of the new Colorado ZR2 Bison are properly protected by not just one, but five skid plates. These five study skid plates are designed by AEV and are made from hard, durable hot-stamped Boron steel.
In addition, the new Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison is protected from obstacles by stamped steel front and rear bumpers, both designed by AEV. The front bumper features standard fog lights and winch provisions, while the rear bumper comes with integrated recovery points.
On the front end, the new Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison is marked by an exclusive, flow-through “Chevrolet” lettered grille. The ZR2 Bison rides on a set of specific 17 x 8-inch aluminum wheels shod with massive 31-inch Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac off-road tires. An “AEV Bison” logo is found on the tailgate while “Bison” decals are on its bed sides. Likewise, the AEV logo is embroidered on the floor liners and front head restraints.
Interestingly, the Bison is provided with all the equipment in the Colorado ZR2 like Autotrac transfer case, Multimatic DSSVTM dampers, class-exclusive front and rear locking electronic differentials as well as cast-iron control arms and off-road rocker protection. In addition, the Bison also comes with a modified rear axle with a 3.42 ratio as well as wider front and rear tracks (by 3.5 inches). Its factory suspension is also higher by 2 inches than on a Colorado Z71.
As standard, the new Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. However, customers can avail of the 2.8-liter Duramax Turbo-Diesel engine sending 186 of max output and 369 lb.-ft. of peak torque to the wheels through mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Also available for the Bison is an accessory snorkel from AEV.
Available in either crew- or extended cab configurations -- including short and long beds, respectively— the 2019 Colorado ZR2 Bison will be sold starting January 2019, as backed by a full factory limited warranty.