After teasing us for over two years, Chevrolet finally graced us with a production version of the Colorado ZR2 at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. And, thankfully, the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 isn’t some watered down appearance package. It means business, and it’s going to be more than capable. Think reborn Hummer.
But, we had a thought. What if GMC was granted its own variant of the Colorado ZR2? Enter the GMC Canyon ATX. We chose the ATX name in the spirit of the All Terrain HD concept from years past, and since GMC has rallied around the “All Terrain” and “All Terrain X” names as of recent.
Our digital artist extraordinaire at RM Design cooked up a rugged, off-road GMC Canyon ATX with plenty of inspiration from the production Colorado ZR2, but we wanted to ensure the “Professional Grade” and “Precision” motifs were kept intact.
Therefore, our Canyon ATX is slightly less in-your-face than the Colorado ZR2, but still sports the off-road goods when the going gets rough. We’ve added a factory light bar, roof rack and kept the paneling for higher ground clearance a silvery hue to fall in line with GMC’s most recent design.
Inside, we imagine the interior takes a few Denali cues to offset the Canyon ATX from its Colorado ZR2 cousin, but the mission is the same: conquer the unbeaten path and look good doing it.
GMC likely won’t receive a ZR2 variant, but that doesn’t mean we can’t imagine one. Would you take a GMC Canyon ATX over a Colorado ZR2? Talk to us down below if you feel so compelled.