The Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 concept was presented at latest auto show in Los Angeles. Soon, we can expect first vehicle built on this platform. It is based on 2015 Colorado model, and its focus is on frame and styling. According to early announcements, this truck is going to be built for off-road driving, but fuel economy won’t suffer because of the excellent performance. There will be enough horsepower from engine, which should use diesel fuel.
Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 concept – redesign
Athletic design and solid frame are highlights of the new Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 concept. Company needed to modify truck’s styling for better off-road capabilities. Pickup trucks made on this ZR2 concept should be smaller and more efficient. Buyers wished this kind of vehicle and Chevy decided to develop this kind of mid-size truck and boost their positions in market. Main improvement will be on performance and the needed a lot of modification on the outside of the truck. Low-hanging bumpers and air damp flaps improves performance on bumpy terrain. Now, approach angle is at 30.7 degrees and rear bumper raises departure angle to 22.7 degrees. Regular Colorado is set at 25.21 degrees.
Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 concept – engine
So far, we found out that Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 concept is going to use diesel engine. It is likely that 2.8-l Duramax turbo-diesel four-cylinder will be under the hood of this mid-size truck. This drivetrain is new and it will be used for some models in 2016. With this engine, pickup trucks can develop 369 lb-ft of torque and 180 hp. However, vehicles for European market will have reduced numbers, with around 345 lb-ft of torque and minor change to power output. Chevrolet is developing new 8-speed automatic transmission, but we are sure that Colorado sticks up to 6-speed gearbox. All-wheel drive system is going to be offered, but it is still unknown if it is going to be standard or optional.
Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 concept – release date
Finally premiere of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 concept was in November of 2014. We expect first model to be built on this platform very soon, probably not for 2016 year trucks. There should be at least few trims of Colorado pickup made on this concept in 2017.