2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 — Ahead of 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, Chevrolet unveiled its newest off-road oriented truck, 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2. This truck was first introduced as a concept back in 2014 in the same show. This truck is going to be equipped with various features that will make off-road driving more thrilling and fun such as the new Off-Road Mode and spool-valve shock that is usually only found in racing cars.
2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Specifications
Towing capacity, Exterior, Interior redesign
Compared to the standard Colorado Z71 with off-road package, the new 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2’s track is 3.5” wider, and the suspension is increased by 2”, consequently the new truck looks slightly bulkier. In sync with its increased size, the towing capacity is increased as well to 5,000 pounds.
The new 2017 Chevy Colorado ZR2 truck bed is capable of holding up to 1,100 payloads. Furthermore, if you want some aesthetic and functional addition to the truck bed, bed-mounted spare tire carrier is available as an option.
Along with redesigned bumper that will help improving approach angle, front, and rear electronic locking differential, aluminum skid plates on radiator, transfer case and oil pan will come as standard. The truck rolls on 17” wheels wrapped in 31” Goodyear Duratrac off-road tires. Moreover, steel tube rocker protector will also be equipped with the wheels.
The addition of Multimatic’s spool-valve shock will set Colorado ZR2 apart from its competitors such as Tacoma TRD Pro and Nissan Frontier Pro 4-x. This shock is usually used in racing car. And, 2017 Colorado ZR2 is the first off-road truck in history that features this type of spool-valve shock. It replaces the coil over damper used in the concept, and it will help the driver control the truck on various surfaces. Thanks to its six turning curves in the front and 4 in the rear.
Engine Changes — 2017 Chevy Colorado ZR2
One of the most noteworthy things from 2017 Colorado ZR2 that will appeal to the off-road enthusiast is the fact that this truck comes with diesel and petrol engine options. The petrol engine is 3.6-liter V-6 that delivers 308 HP and 275 lb-ft of torque.
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While, the diesel one is 2.8 L Duramax diesel four with 181 HP and 369 lb-ft . Both engines are taken from the standard Colorado and will be paired to GM’s HydraMatic 8L45 8-speed automatic transmission.
2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Price and Release Date
New 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 will probably hit showrooms in spring 2017. Chevy has not announced the pricing, but we can expect it to be around its main competitor Tacoma TRD Pro. The Tacoma truck is priced at $44,000, so maybe it is safe to say that ZR2 will start at around $40,000.
|Name||2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2|
|Towing capacity||5000 pounds|
|Release date||Spring 2017|
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