An off-road variant of the new Chevrolet Colorado was a possibility according to Mark Reuss and it appears that such a vehicle is getting closer to production as the company introduced the rugged Colorado ZR2 Concept at the 2014 LA Auto Show. Compared with the standard Colorado, the Chevrolet ZR2 Concept is 4 inches wider and comes with redesigned front and rear fascias that will help it be a better off-roader.
Ground clearance was also increased by two inches, while the new integral skid plates promise to protect it from rough terrain. The new off-road fascias reduce front and rear overhang and feature integrated, flip-out aluminum tow hooks as well as a built-in winch in the front. The mono-tube coil-over shock absorbers developed by King ensure a better suspension and feature remote-mounted fluid reservoirs.
The Colorado ZR2 Concept arrives with 18-inch aluminum multi-spoke, bead-lock-style wheels wrapped in 275/65R18 off-road tires. The wheels are housed beneath the custom wheel flares, complemented by custom rocker guards. The bed features a protective spray-in bed liner available with production Colorado models, GearOn accessories and a 48-inch Hi-Lift jack.
Other design elements include a new grille, headlamps with blacked-out accents and a power dome-style hood. The vehicle is finished in a Cyprus Green exterior color and features Henna Orange accents and custom ZR2 identification on the rear fenders, tailgate and grille. The interior arrives with ZR2 logos embroidered on the front-seat headrests and embossed in the Chevrolet Accessories-based floor liners.
Moreover, the ZR2 logo is featured on the instrument cluster display. Other design highlights include additional electronic accessories such as the AUX toggle as well as four other toggles, two for winch in and winch out operation and two for the electronic front- and rear-locking differential. Under the hood is a new 2.8-liter Duramax diesel engine that produces 181 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque.
The North American design of the Colorado is one of a kind, with a self-assured poise and an athletic demeanour. Higher sides along the bed, for instance, are limited to North America and balance the forceful, raked cab belt line, producing a distinct proportion, which reinforces the pickup's sportiness while providing for better secured items stowed in the bed.
2015 Colorado configurations are an extended cab model with a 6’ bed, a crew cab that has a 5’ bed, and a crew cab with a bed that is 6 feet long. With a lowered tailgate, the 6’ bed can handle the hauling of items that are eight feet long.
The new Colorado design gives a younger breath of fresh air to the midsized truck group and creates an advanced accent on Chevy’s true-truck style. It is like you have the more enthusiastic younger brother of the Silverado, which itself is a Chevy pickup from end to end, with great intensity and an adventurous spirit.
WT, LT, and Z71 trim levels are available, either in a 2WD or a 4WD. The Z71, which is off-road inspired, is the most powerfully built of them all. It also has a grille with a gunmetal grey edge, different from the standard chrome on the other models, projector headlights, and singular 17” aluminium wheels.
The Chevy Colorado has doors with a triple-seal with inlaid in the body sides, comparable with the 2014 Silverado, for better aerodynamics and more silent ride.