One of the most interesting cars in Chevy’s 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show lineup was the Colorado ZR2, a concept version of the production pickup truck, designed to make trucking more fun. It also pays tribute to Chevrolet’s previous ZR2 production models.
Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 is based on the production Colorado Z71 but fully customized and sort of awesomized. It is four inches wider than the standard car, and features a two-inch lift and integral skid plates, plus wider tracks. So it is a lot more capable in dealing with rough terrain than the production Colorado.
What’s more, the ZR2 comes with new front and rear fascias designed to increase approach and departure angles, integrated, flip-out aluminum tow hooks and the front fascia incorporates a built-in winch, mono-tube coil-over shock absorbers by King, electronic-locking front and rear differentials, and 275/65R18 off-road tires mounted on custom 18-inch aluminum multi-spoke, bead-lock-style wheels. Chevrolet has gone all out to make the ultimate off-road track and they seem to have pulled it off.
The off-road ready Colorado ZR2 is powered by the firm’s new 2.8L Duramax diesel developing 181 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. It is not clear yet if the ZR2 has any chance of production or not.
“From the bold stance to the trail-ready special equipment, the Colorado ZR2 is all about the fun of driving where the pavement ends – and doing it in characteristic Chevy style,” said Tony Johnson, Colorado marketing manager. “Chevrolet has a heritage of the ZR2 representing the ultimate in production-based off-road capability and we’ll gauge the public’s interest in this concept as we continue to explore the possibilities for the all-new Colorado.”