Although sedans dominated the headlines, this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show also featured a few noteworthy pickups, including the Chevy Colorado ZR2 concept pickup. The ZR2 gave visitors to the show a glimpse at what an off-road version of Chevrolet’s popular Colorado pickup might look like if it’s brought to production.
The ZR2’s platform is four inches wider, and sits two inches higher than its on-road cousin, to give it greater stability and clearance when navigating treacherous terrain. Chevy has also modified the ZR2’s front and rear fascias to further enhance approach and departure angles.
Under the hood, the ZR2 sports a 181 horsepower 2.8-liter Duramax variable-geometry turbo-diesel engine that delivers and impressive 369 lb.-ft. of torque at 2,000 RPM. The ZR2’s custom 18 inch aluminum wheels are fitted with 275/65R18 off-road tires for sure footing on loose surfaces.
A spare wheel and tire, and a 48 inch jack rides in the truck’s ample bed, and the front and rear fascias are fitted with retractable tow hooks. A front-mounted winch, rocker guards, skid plates, electronic locking front and rear differentials and custom fender flares distinguish this model as the off-road sibling of the Colorado family.
Adding a touch of style to this rugged truck are the Cyprus Green paint job with Henna Orange accents, a new power dome hood, and redesigned front grille.
Colorado marketing manager Tony Johnson says, “Chevrolet has a heritage of the ZR2 representing the ultimate in production-based off-road capability and we’ll gauge the public’s interest in this concept as we continue to explore the possibilities for the all-new Colorado.”
Speaking with reporters at the Los Angeles Auto Show, GM’s Executive VP of global product development Mark Reuss said the ZR2 concept pickup “takes the Colorado to a whole new place.”
The automaker has not indicated if, or when the ZR2 will go into production, but based on the rave reviews it has already received from truck enthusiasts and automotive writers, there’s a good chance it will.
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