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 the2014 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.
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.
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.