While GM has an undeniable presence in pickup truck segment worldwide, its growth in an off-road truck segment has been dented by rivals from Toyota and Ford. Contenders like Ford F 150 Raptor and Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro have succeeded in wooing off-road specific truck buyers. The Colorado Trail Boss edition is there but it is not a match for the rivals and cannot really compete with the Ram Rebel. To grab a pie of the off-road truck segment, GM is all set to unveil a new and rugged version of Colorado, the much-awaited ZR2. The upcoming 2017 Chevy Colorado ZR2 has been spied testing several trims, making the GM truck lovers elated.
2017 Chevy Colorado ZR2 – Exterior and Interior Changes:
The Chevy Colorado ZR2 was first showcased in 2014 in Los Angeles Auto Show as a concept model and it generated a good amount of buzz back then. The 2017 prototype has been found testing several times this year and from the shots, it is clear resemblances are there with the concept shown previously. It has a rugged and broader build than the regular Colorado models. The presence of a skid plate beneath the engine and rugged tires also hint at off-road prowess. Its grille also may be a tad different. The bumper and front nose indicates better ground clearance.
Not much is known about the interior of upcoming Colorado ZR2 truck. However, it is likely to be spacious and laden with amenities. The bed is expected to be laden with robust storage options. In-cabin, storage options should be there too.
Like the existing Colorado trucks, the 2017 ZR2 is likely to be equipped with latest safety and technology. Features like airbags. Traction control, navigation, MYlink infotainment setup are likely to be included. Besides, cruise control, satellite radio, rearview monitor and blind spot monitoring are expected to be included.
2017 Chevy Colorado ZR2 – Under the Hood:
It is evident that Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 2017 will surely have one gasoline based engine. The popular 2.8-liter Duramax 4 cylinder diesel engine with 181 hp may also be offered. The 3.6-liter V-6 gasoline engine may have more power, though. Heavy duty shock absorbers and advanced suspension are likely to be used. Details about towing and payload capacity are not known but it can be somewhat better than regular Colorado models. The new eight-speed automatic transmission unit is likely to be used with both engines. Fuel economy is expected to be improved since GM has used enhanced technologies in an engine of the 2017 Colorado.
2017 Chevy Colorado ZR2 – Price and Expected Release Date:
The price of 2017 Chevy Colorado ZR2 is not known but it will be higher than regular models. It is likely to be seen in showrooms late in 2016. The spy shots of upcoming 2017 Chevy Colorado ZR2 looks promising and it is likely GM finally has an answer to rivals in off-road pickup truck segment. The building style is rugged and engine choices are also prudent. If GM can keep the price right, the ZR2 can steal the thunder of its popular rivals from Ford and Toyota.