2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison is built for survivalists

Folks who think Chevrolet’s off-road-minded Colorado ZR2 midsize pickup usually doesn’t go distant adequate might finally be confident come January, since this just-announced 2019 ZR2 Bison promises to be even some-more extreme.

Designed in and with high-end off-road aftermarketer American Expedition Vehicles, a Bison (a conformation of a American buffalo is partial of AEV’s logo) promises to be an even some-more able ZR2 that’s kitted out for prolonged overland trips.

Think of overlanding as a off-road homogeneous of that mostly ended pastime, outpost life. Just you, your pals and your vehicle, off a grid for days or even weeks during a time. We saw an overland ZR2 judgment at a 2017 SEMA show, finish with an on-board atmosphere compressor, H2O storage and a torpedo bed shelve for ascent all your gear. While a Bison doesn’t go utterly that far, it still looks to be an glorious starting indicate for off-grid adventures.

Most importantly, a Bison’s movement plates are beefed up. Five hot-stamped boron steel plates cover a oil pan, fuel tank, send box and front and back differentials. As we found out final year while competing in a Rebelle Rally, a movement plates on a ZR2 are not as strong as some trails require. Hopefully, this new insurance will keep all those required tools from any rocky, day-ending impacts.

Bumpers get a Bison ascent to hammered steel, as well, all a improved to strengthen opposite unavoided obstacles. Fog lights and back liberation points are customary and there is room for a winch.

Not customary on a Bison, however, is a cool-looking snorkel seen here. Made some-more for air-cleaning than deep-sea exploration, a snorkel filters out mud so a 3.6-liter V6 or optional 2.8-liter Duramax diesel engine can breathe uninformed atmosphere when churning around in a dirt and sand. The snorkel is usually accessible by AEV and fits on all Colorado trucks.

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The new ZR2 Bison hits dealerships in Jan of 2019.


The Bison gets a few cosmetic tweaks, too. Taking a styling evidence from some newer Ford and Ram trucks, a front Bowtie badge is gone, transposed with unapproachable C-H-E-V-R-O-L-E-T lettering opposite a model-specific grille. There are copiousness of Bison and AEV logos sparse throughout, as well.

Chevy kept a same 31-inch Goodyear Duratrac tires as on a customary ZR1, yet a 17×8-inch wheels are specific to a Bison.

The ZR2 has been a favorite of Roadshow, interjection to a customary front and back locking differentials and sophisticated Multimatic DSSV suspension, which keep a lorry staid on cement though sacrificing off-road performance. Add to that a 2-inch lift and 3.5-inch wider marks front and rear, and a ZR2 is healthy foe for Toyota’s renouned Tacoma TRD models.

General Motors declined Roadshow’s ask to ballpark pricing, though a customary 2018 ZR2 starts during $43,495, and a Bison will usually go adult from there. Considering AEV components don’t come cheaply, a scarcely $50,000 ZR2 does not seem out of a question.  

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