Colorado ZR2 Bison: Ready to Go Anywhere

Colorado ZR2 Bison: Ready to Go Anywhere

2023-06-01 04:19:56

Chevrolet’s Colorado ZR2 is already a large capacity off-road pickup truck. But for buyers who want to be prepared for all eventualities, including dealing with the aftereffects of a 4,000-mile-wide asteroid slamming into Earth, the Bison is back.

You may be familiar with the Bison package from its appearance on the previous generation ZR2 lineup and the current Silverado. But while the idea is the same this time around, it’s even more dexterous in the desert, thanks to a carefully curated selection of hardcore off-road parts that build on the ZR2’s already solid foundation. Chevrolet goes so far as to claim it’s the most capable midsize off-road pickup truck out there.

A machine called the Colorado ZR2 Bison:

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Major upgrades over the ZR2 include Multimatic Jounce Control shocks that augment the Multimatic shocks already installed in the ZR2 package and dampen hard landings and an increase in tires from 33 to 35 inches. These Mud/Terrain boots are the largest fitted to any midsize truck and are wrapped around 17-inch beadlock-capable wheels from American Expedition Vehicles (AEV), which also supplies the fenders and bumpers, the heavy-duty front enough for towing duties.

There are five boron steel skid plates protecting the bottom of the cars, versus three aluminum plates on the standard Colorado ZR2, the Bison also covers the fuel tank and rear differential for maximum coverage on the toughest trails. But with 310mm of ground clearance – 38mm more than the ZR2 and approach, break and departure angles on the order of 38.2, 26.9 and 26.0 degrees – you might not need that protection. That approach angle is slightly lower than the ZR2 due to the AEV bumper, but the other metrics are better on the Bison.

Three things that are worse about the Bison are the total weight of 2,388 kg, which has increased to 147 kg, the price (yet to be defined, but should be significantly higher) and the space available in the bed. The latter is due to the spare wheel protruding from its normal position on the floor and having to be relocated above the ground. Under the hood, the two ZR2s are identical, both getting the same 2.7-liter turbocharged four producing 310 hp (314 PS) and 430 lb-ft (583 Nm) of torque.

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