Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Prototype Spied Testing15
Finally, finally, finally. The Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 has been spied in semi-production flesh, you know, the killer off-road show truck from the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show that General Motors has been winky-faced about bringing to production for nearly two years.
On multiple occasions, GM and Chevrolet have stated the automaker is keen on producing a ZR2 rather than an F-150 Raptor fighter, and this is our first look thanks to our friends at AutoGuide.
Off-road rubber is barely covered by a likely pre-production variant of the ZR2’s prerunner-inspired, offering up optimal ground clearance. And, it looks as if the outer corners of the front bumper could be removable to access the truck’s maximum approach angle, as AG points out. We’re hopeful there are King off-road racing shocks hiding behind this prototype, too, one of the major talking points of the 2014 Colorado ZR2 concept.
The raised ride height is likely sticking around to house even more aggressive off-road tires than what is seen in the photos, and it’s easy to see the additional ground clearance. The ZR2 concept featured four-inches of added width, and two additional inches of extra ground clearance.
What’s powering the truck remains a mystery, but it seems likely Chevrolet could show the midsize off-roader at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show later this year.
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Hot **** I hope this is for real. It should have been here sooner.
How much sooner did you want it since the Colorado has only been on the market a little more than 1 year and they are having a difficult time as it is keeping up with demand?
The Pre-Runner version of the Taco will be out soon and it launched after the Colorado
It is coming, the truck will most likely have the 2.8L turbo diesel in it. This engine is in production on a limited basis right now. You can only get that engine in sold orders from the dealership and coming shortly you will see them coming in for stock orders. I expect we will see it some time in 2017, just as long as there aren’t any restrictions on the new parts.
Please build with diesel and a manual!!!
so much want
Oh man if they build this…this is gonna rip my face off!!!!
I’m loving this news my friends!!!
Here, Here to Diesel with a Manual
My worry is price. This will be a $40K plus model with the Gas and more with the Diesel.
I hope they can find some way to keep the price to where it may not lead people to a full size.
I would like one of these but I an not sure if I would pay $45K for this. I want a truck but there are many other options once you get to $45K. Heck a little more can get you a C7.
I fully expect a GMC version too. These will be fun to watch when they come out.
I would like to see the Cadillac 3.6l twin turbo slammed in there.
Would be awesome if they blow out the sheet metal on all four fenders, instead of the lick & stick plastic add ons.
If they do make it, It’ll be lick and stick. That’s how Chevy rolls. Unfortunately, Chevy will NEVER make the ZR2. The bean counters at Chevy will never let that happen. If they do decide to get into the market, it will be way too late and most likely years after the interest has passed or waned, i.e. their “blacked-out” versions of there trucks available now with “bigger, bolder Z71 badging”. Pathetic… just sad and pathetic. Don’t get me wrong, I grew up in chevys and I currently drive a 2007 NNBS CCSB Silverado LTZ Z-71, but it will be my last chevy. My next truck will be a Ford or Toyota because they are interesting and are willing to invest in “special” vehicles. That tells me that they are not afraid to take chances (very lucrative ones) and are innovators not imitators. Stay BORING Chevy. Never change. The American people won’t be there to bail you out next time. Did anyone see Ford or Toyota take money in the bailout?
Please build with diesel & that new 9 speed auto you guys are building with Ford but keep that 7600lbs tow rating,trailer brake and engine break(which is awesome off-road too). Then sign me up for two if they do build it like that!
I WANT THIS TRUCK YESTERDAY!!!