We’re still waiting on any signs that Chevrolet may have a full-size off-road pickup on the way. While we’d say the odds are good, noting the market’s love affair for pickups and anything off-road, nothing is official.
Meanwhile, Ford has applied a handful of updates to the 2019 F-150 Raptor, the automaker’s full-size off-road beast. Ford Authority reported last Thursday that new dampers, an automated trail crawling system and Recaro seats now grace the off-road pickup.
The dampers are the biggest news. Co-developed with FOX, the components are electronically adjustable and continuously adjust to the road condition in real time. The new dampers also still feature the same internal bypass technology as the ones they replace.
Off-roaders will also appreciate the trail crawling system. The system allows drivers to set a crawl speed while foregoing the pedals are steering while creeping through trails or up inclines. The technology also manages the engine and braking torque at each wheel. Don’t expect to go bajaing with the system, though; the trail crawling system will only work at speeds under 20 mph.
Over in Chevrolet’s corner, the 2018 Colorado ZR2 soldiers on as the brand’s off-road offering. Though, during driving impressions, we found the F-150 Raptor and Colorado ZR2 to be far apart in their goals. We’ll be waiting for a proper Silverado ZR2, Chevrolet.