Chevrolet Colorado Trail Boss 3.0 Shows What Small Trucks Can Really Do


Going off road doesn’t just mean driving on a gravel road. Off road includes muddy roads, water-covered paths and rocky trails. If you’re going to drive on all that, you’ll need one heck of a capable truck, like the Trail Boss 3.0 that Chevrolet has brought to SEMA.

While there is a production Colorado Trail Boss edition available for off-road enthusiasts, this special concept on display at SEMA showcases the versatility of GM’s three-truck lineup.

“At its core, the Trail Boss offers owners the gear-carrying ability and versatility they need to venture off-road, with segment-leading efficiency and capability,” said Sandor Piszar, director of Chevrolet Truck Marketing. “The Trail Boss 3.0 concept builds on that to show the choices from Chevrolet to help customers personalize their truck.”

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Like the production Trail Boss, this concept sports the optional off-road suspension, 17-inch black-painted aluminum wheels matched with Goodyear DuraTrac 265/65R17 all-terrain tires, a G80 automatic locking rear differential, 4WD transfer case shield, front recovery hooks. Extras for this concept include a performance exhaust and air intake under the hood, illuminated front bowtie emblem in the grille, body-color door handles and mirror caps, and rocker bars. Inside there’s more custom touches like rubberized floor liners, a brushed metal interior trim kit and stainless steel sill plates, which are all available from Chevrolet’s parts and accessories portfolio.

What sets the concept apart from the production truck is a 2-inch lift and the removal of the front plastic air dam, two modifications that give the Colorado the ground clearance it needs to be a real trail boss.

While the Trail Boss 3.0 isn’t a production trim of Colorado, Chevy uses this concept as a way to gauge interest in such special editions. If it gains enough attention, it may hit your local dealer in one form or another.