GM truck enthusiasts have been clamoring, hooting and hollering for a rival to the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor since the truck launched in 2010. And from a business perspective, the truck sold far better than The Blue Oval anticipated, and is currently on track to build a next-generation model. Meanwhile, The General has yet to confirm, hint or announce anything official to bring some sort of hardcore off-roading Chevrolet Silverado or GMC Sierra. And it seems that will stay that way, for the foreseeable future.
However, the same cannot be said for the upcoming Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. Because according to sources, it seems that the new line of mid-size pickups is on track to offer an aggressive off-road variant equal to that of the Ford Raptor, but in a smaller (read: lighter) package. A low weight is one of the most important elements of a proper off-road vehicle, and General Motors opting to convert its most lithe of current/future truck offerings into a dune-running, rock-climbing, hill-descending successor to the Hummer H3T is a decision we can get behind. Perhaps it will resemble something akin to the global Chevrolet Colorado Rally Concept, pictured above. As far as naming goes, it’s not clear what designation General Motors will give the Colorado and/or Canyon off-roaders, but the popular ZR2 name could make a comeback.