With versatility, value, technology and safety, the Colorado midsize truck is arguably the most well-rounded vehicle in its segment. Despite that, Chevrolet continues to make enhancements to the Colorado so every buyer can find the perfect model.
The Colorado has led the midsize truck charge since it burst onto the scene for the 2015 model year after a short hiatus. The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado gets a new V6 engine along with a class-exclusive, eight-speed automatic transmission, but the biggest news is the unveiling of a new ZR2 performance variant to satisfy buyers who want a truck that can conquer any terrain while handling whatever jobs you throw its way.
“Our engineers have been incredibly successful developing Corvette and Camaro performance variants with broad performance envelopes,” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain. “The ZR2 applies that same philosophy to off-road performance. You can go rock crawling on Saturday, desert running on Sunday, and comfortably drive to work on Monday. This truck can do it all, and do it all well.”
You can equip the ZR2 with the all-new V6 engine that makes 308 hp and 275 lb/ft of torque, or the class-exclusive 2.8-liter Duramax diesel the produces 181 hp and 369 lb/ft of torque. The ZR2 also benefits from the most sophisticated four-wheel-drive system in the segment with nine drive configurations, aided by a class-exclusive front and rear electronic-locking differential and AutoTrac transfer case. And, although its performance upgrades allow the ZR2 to tame nearly any terrain it faces, it can still carry up to 1,100 pounds of payload and tow up to 5,000 pounds.
The ZR2 is aggressively styled with a lifted suspension and wider track for increased functionality. The front and rear bumpers have been modified to better handle rough terrain. The ZR2 also brings a hardcore chassis with the segment’s first application of Multimatic Dynamic Suspensions Spool Valve (DSSV™) damper technology. These dampers are typically found in motorsport vehicles like the Camaro Z/28; in the ZR2, they provide for a more exciting ride and improved handling in all conditions. Large 17-inch aluminum wheels are wrapped in 31-inch Goodyear Duratrac off-road tires that offer both style and substance.
The Colorado ZR2 was developed at GM’s off-road test area in Yuma, Arizona. This test area is comprised of 2,400 acres of tracks and courses where the ZR2 went through everything from river rock crossings to desert sands. It was also tested at some of the world’s most challenging locations like Rubicon, Moab and Johnson Valley.
More details on the ZR2 will be unveiled in the coming months; however, since it bears the Colorado name, you already know that it will be full of value, style and performance. If you don’t want to wait any longer, stop by today to find out more about any of the Colorado models that interest you.
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