Chevy Colorado ZR2 is Prepped for Dirt, Rocks and Sand

Stephen Elmer
by Stephen Elmer

Chevy has rolled out the latest midsize pickup that is ready to hit the trails: the Colorado ZR2.

Power will be available from both the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 lb-ft along with the Duramax diesel that makes 181 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. Towing capacity for the ZR2 is stuck at 5000 pounds, while payload is rated at 1,100 pounds.

The suspension gets a two-inch lift while the ZR2 also uses the first off-road application of the Multimatic Dynamic Suspensions Spool Valve (DSSV) damper technology, the same units used on the 2014 Camaro Z/28. Chevy says these shocks will help the ZR2 be a well rounded off-roader, capable of tight rock crawling and desert running.

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The truck also has a three-and-a-half-inch wider track, functional rockers and revised bumpers for better approach and departure angles. Not surprisingly, beefy aluminum skid plates are found underneath the truck to protect the radiator, engine oil pan and transfer case.

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Underneath the truck are 17-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in 31-inch Goodyear Duratrac tires, while a full-size spare tire holder will be available in the bed as an option.

Chevy also claims that the truck has the most “sophisticated four-wheel drive system” in its class, thanks mostly to electronic locking differentials in the front and back. This allows the ZR2 to have nine different drive configurations, from two-wheel drive, to four-wheel drive hi, four-wheel drive lo and more.

A new off-road mode has also been devised which optimizes the ABS, traction control and stability control to offer more control to the driver.

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Stephen Elmer
Stephen Elmer

Stephen covers all of the day-to-day events of the industry as the News Editor at AutoGuide, along with being the AG truck expert. His truck knowledge comes from working long days on the woodlot with pickups and driving straight trucks professionally. When not at his desk, Steve can be found playing his bass or riding his snowmobile or Sea-Doo. Find Stephen on <A title="@Selmer07 on Twitter" href="http://www.twitter.com/selmer07">Twitter</A> and <A title="Stephen on Google+" href="http://plus.google.com/117833131531784822251?rel=author">Google+</A>

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