Plenty of off-road enthusiasts have fascinated about a production Colorado outfitted to take on really tough trails. That dream has become a reality with the just-revealed Chevrolet Colorado ZR2.
Before you think it’ll take down the Ford Raptor, it’s really aimed more at the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro. One of the big differences between the two trucks is the Chevy can be had with a diesel engine.
You get plenty of extra goodies, like a hood scoop and different front and rear bumpers for better approach/departure angles. Steel-tube rocker protectors and thick skid plates for the front end and transfer case add some shielding. A two-inch suspension lift boosts ground clearance. 31-inch Goodyear Duratrac off-road tires are wrapped around 17 x 8 inch aluminum wheels with a unique design, making this truck the real deal. A spare tire carrier mounted in the bed is optional.
Chevrolet says it widened the front and rear tracks by 3.5 inches, plus added control arms made of cast iron for durability. The four-wheel-drive system has front/rear electronic lockers and features nine different modes, ranging from two-wheel drive all the way to four-wheel drive low with the transfer case and front/rear differentials locked.
Chevrolet says it created a new off-road development track to get the ZR2 ready for market. I doubt the company will let that thing go to waste, so brace yourselves for the possibility of a hardcore Silverado off-road model aimed straight at the Raptor.