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2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: Spied

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2019 Chevrolet Colorado Bison

2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: Spied

Posted by Mark Williams | May 10, 2018

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It seems like the only way pickup truck makers define "sporty" pickups nowadays is with some kind of capability-driven off-road package: the Toyota Tacoma and Tundra TRD Pro, Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Trailboss, Ford Ranger Raptor, Ford F-150 Raptor, Ram 2500 Power Wagon and GMC Sierra 1500 AT4 come to mind, and more are on the way.

So maybe it should be no surprise that something like a more aggressive Colorado ZR2 is coming; at least that's what it looks like from the latest photos of the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison we just received from our spy shooters. It looks like it will be an even more trail-worthy expedition vehicle. Of course, a pickup must have more than a snorkel bolted onto to it to make it perform well. We're expecting some serious suspension and optional features to be part of the ZR2 Bison. Here's what our spy shooters had to say:

"Earlier reports announcing GM's trademark filing of the name ZR2 Bison in early April look to be coming true, predicting that the Bison will be a production version of the Colorado ZR2 AEV concept that debuted at the 2017 Specialty Equipment Market Association Show. The ZR2 AEV concept was a joint effort between Chevrolet and upfitter American Expedition Vehicles, creating an extreme off-road version of the ZR2. The ZR2 Bison moniker makes sense since the AEV logo includes an image of a bison.

"The photos here show that the ZR2 prototype gets a new front end with a reworked grille that sports a thick crossbar, just as we saw on the SEMA concept. That grille had Chevrolet emblazoned on it in capital letters. The front bumper also looks to be redesigned, with a visible addition beneath the front grille mesh — that may point to an integrated winch. The concept's aggressive bull bar doesn't appear to be installed on this prototype, but may be available as an optional upgrade through AEV.

"The front and rear fenders are both camouflaged — the front by a heavy vinyl bra, the rear by graphic wrap — likely hiding the truck's more aggressively flared, high-clearance wheel arches.

"Another of the concept's traits shows up on this disguised prototype: an A-pillar-mounted snorkel intake system.

"Unlike the crew-cab configuration on the ZR2 AEV concept, the prototype caught testing was an extended-cab ZR2, suggesting that the Bison will be available with both of the Colorado's cab styles.

"The ZR2 AEV concept was equipped with a revised suspension design for more extreme off-roading capability. Among the changes that were listed in the concept's design brief were a long-travel leaf-spring rear suspension, specially tuned Multimatic DSSV shocks, stiffer high-angle tie rods and high-angle upper ball joints, and front and rear jounce shocks. The functional goal for these upgrades is greater strength and durability, greater suspension travel and greater wheel articulation. These upgraded dirty bits will reportedly migrate to the production ZR2 Bison.

"Off-Road.com published reports from dealers confirming that Chevrolet showed a production ZR2 Bison and that it followed the ZR2 AEV concept very closely. The dealers said the ZR2 Bison that was shown lacked some of the over-the-top elements of the concept — like the bed rack system and the integrated air-compressor setup —but that similar items could be ordered from AEV to get very close to the concept shown at SEMA. The Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison is expected to go on sale later this year."

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Comments

Copying the TRD Pro.

Posted by: Robert | May 10, 2018 12:28:50 PM

Put a 4.3L in it

Posted by: TNTGMC | May 10, 2018 12:30:26 PM

Put a 6 twin turbo in it, please.

-CT

Posted by: crunchtime | May 10, 2018 12:51:42 PM

@CT

twin turbo 4.3L????HMMM it has been done before with great power numbers

Posted by: TNTGMC | May 10, 2018 1:10:21 PM

Like the front bumper, it may now come with fog lights.

Hopefully they re-worked the rear of the front fender so no rubbing when installing 33's like there is on my 2017.

Posted by: Dave | May 10, 2018 1:34:08 PM

apart from some of the suggested engine improvements, I think this Bison would really benefit from a Regular Cab short wheelbase approach---not that I expect to see one in that form.

Posted by: papajim | May 10, 2018 2:20:59 PM

I could use the twin turbo 3.0 or 3.6.
4.3 will never make it, to heavy and large dimensionally .

Posted by: SSST | May 10, 2018 3:15:58 PM

the 4.3 is about 5 lbs more but is actually dimensional smaller vs the dohc 3.6 SSST

Posted by: canoepaddler | May 10, 2018 7:34:32 PM

You Forgot three trucks from AEV all can be bought at your local Ram dealer under full factory warranty. Prospector and Prospector XL Recruit. lol

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L90TfxcZ6JA

Posted by: HEMI V8 | May 10, 2018 8:00:17 PM

As the article says another truck for the off-road.
Actually most of the off-road trucks are seen on the street.
Another real truck with a snorkel.

Posted by: RIDGELINE OWNER 2007 | May 10, 2018 8:44:01 PM

Off Road . com tested the ZR2 vs. TRD Pro and ZR2 was the superior truck.

More capability for the ZR2 just means more beat down on Tacoma.

Posted by: AllAmerikan | May 10, 2018 8:56:22 PM

I like what GM has done with the Colorado ZR2 so far. I wish they would offer a GMC equivalent.

Posted by: Erik the Red | May 10, 2018 9:06:40 PM

Junk junk and more junk. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Posted by: Chingon | May 11, 2018 12:55:29 AM

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