This week, Chevrolet and AEV (American Expedition Vehicles) unveiled the brand-new, 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: a thoroughly-customized, mid-size pickup aimed at the hardcore off-road adventurer. While many of the truck’s modifications are worn well beneath the skin, plenty of them are visible on the surface, like its mean-looking AEV steel bumpers, its “flow-through” matte grille, and its trademark AEV intake snorkel. Less visible are the new Colorado model’s five protective skid plates, which represent the industry’s first use of hot-stamped Boron steel.
The ride height of the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison looks to be the same as on the non-AEV Colorado ZR2, although the fenders wear thicker black cladding than on that model, and they house a unique set of 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 31-inch Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac off-road tires. Climb into the cabin, and you’ll find that the seat headrests are embroidered with a very special AEV logo featuring a depiction of a bison in a heroic pose.
It’s a strong, adventurous aesthetic that Chevrolet and AEV have managed to create with the new truck – no less than one would expect from AEV, which is well-known in some circles for its expedition-ready FCA vehicles. But is it any good? More to the point, is it any better than the regular Chevrolet Colorado ZR2?
The ZR2 is already a rugged-looking, adventurous off-road vehicle, sporting a factory black hood bulge, an elevated ride height, off-road tires, and a rather visible front skid plate. Yet comparatively speaking, the regular ZR2 isn’t anywhere near as menacing and unrestrained, meaning one could much more easily drive it to a business meeting, park it outside church on a Sunday, and just generally fit in with the rest of traffic, without having to worry what people might think about the massive black intake snorkel and over-the-top front end.
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