Feast your eyes on the first real-world photos of the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Trail Runner. We captured the new off-road-oriented variant of Chevy’s midsize truck during a recent media event. Like with the new Colorado RST, Chevy had only shared one photo of the vehicle as part of its announcement in the first half of November.
The Colorado Z71 Trail Runner begins with the 2019 Colorado in Z71 trim and adds:
- Underbody protection from the Colorado ZR2, including stamped aluminum front and mid skid plates
- Functional rocker protection
- Goodyear Duratrac tires
- Flow-through “CHEVROLET” lettered grille that was first introduced on the Colorado ZR2 Bison
Notably, the Chevrolet-lettered grille is also available as an accessory for some Colorado models (for an MSRP of $395, not including installation or tax). The models for which it’s available include the Work Truck, LT and Z71. The unit is not available for the Base or ZR2 trims.
The 2019 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Trail Runner is quite an interesting package. It adds some items from the Colorado ZR2 to make a mid-range off-road-oriented offering. In many ways, the package is very much a reincarnation of the Colorado Trail Boss that was dropped upon the introduction of the Colorado ZR2.
The Trail Runner joins the Colorado RST to complete Chevy’s 2019 model year Colorado lineup.
About Chevrolet Colorado
The Chevrolet Colorado is a mid-size pickup truck. It is currently Chevrolet's smallest pickup truck in the U.S. and Canada, slotting under the full-size Chevrolet Silverado. In Mexico, the Colorado slots above the compact Chevrolet Montana and the similarly-sized S10, but below the Silverado/Cheyenne (the name for some of Silverado's trim levels in Mexico).
The current Colorado was introduced in 2015 and represents the second generation of the Colorado nameplate. The model rides on the GMT-31XX platform shared with the GMC Canyon, as well as the international-market Chevrolet Colorado/S10 and Chevrolet Trailblazer.
The 2018 Chevy Colorado represents the fourth model year of the second-generation Colorado. The vehicle remains highly competitive in its segment, offering two gasoline engines and a diesel motor, which is a segment exclusive. The off-road-specific Colorado ZR2 was launched for the 2017 model year. However, the Colorado family continues to lack various features asked by many present and potential customers, such as a moonroof, a sliding rear window, as well as a range-topping LTZ or High Country trim level.
The 2019 Chevy Colorado represents the fifth model year of the second-generation Colorado. The vehicle sees a new Colorado ZR2 Bison package, new exterior colors, a new 18-inch wheel, black bowties for every ZR2 model. Additionally, the 2019 Colorado gets new set of infotainment systems that represent the third generation of Chevrolet infotainment systems, Type A and Type C USB ports, a second in-cabin microphone, a high-def Rear Vision Camera, UltraSonic Rear Park Assist, a heated steering wheel, and 6-way power driver seat on some models. The street-focused Colorado RST and Z71 Trail Runner off-roader are also added to the lineup. The manual transmission is deleted from the powertrain lineup.
A midcycle refresh is expected for the 2020 model year. It is believed that the update will bring revised front and rear styling, as well as possible updates to the interior, and powertrain.
For the U.S. and Canada, the Chevrolet Colorado is built at the GM Wentzville factory in Missouri operated by GM USA. The model sold in Asia-Pacific is built at the GM Thailand plant in Rayong, which is operated by GM Thailand. The GM Sao Jose Dos Campos plant operated by GM Brazil builds the Chevy S10 for South America.
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