Following the introduction of the 2017 Colorado ZR2 AEV concept, Chevrolet has decided to give the concept the greenlight for production, something we suspected earlier this year after seeing Colorado ZR2 prototypes with snorkels. And on Thursday, the 2019 Colorado ZR2 Bison debuted with a host of American Expedition Vehicles off-road equipment with unique looks.
The 2019 Colorado ZR2 Bison marks the first time Chevy has collaborated with AEV, with the company bringing its overlanding expertise to the table. The off-road pickup sports five skid plates made of Boron steel to cover engine oil pan, fuel tank, transfer case as well as the front and rear locking differentials for the toughest terrains. Additionally, AEV steel bumpers provide further protection from whatever the not-so-beaten path throws at the 2019 Colorado ZR2 Bison. The front bumper also contains winch provisions and fog lights, while the rear bumper includes built-in recovery points. Hopefully, those won’t be used, but they sure will be handy if or when they are needed.
“As this is the first Chevrolet vehicle we’ve given the AEV treatment to, we wanted to do something special with the industry’s first use of hot-stamped Boron steel. We also expect that Colorado drivers will love the added ruggedness of our front and rear bumpers on ZR2 Bison,” Dave Harriton, founder and president of AEV, said.
The Colorado ZR2 Bison won’t be confused for a standard 2019 Colorado ZR2, either. Like the Colorado AEV concept, the production truck wears a “flow-through” grille that spells out “Chevrolet.” ZR2 Bison-specific graphics and badging are present to mark the model further and 31-inch Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac off-road tires reside under even larger fender flares. The 17 x 8-inch aluminum wheels are specific to the Colorado ZR2 Bison as well.
And of course, the Colorado ZR2 Bison features all of the regular ZR2’s equipment, including front and rear locking electronic differentials, a two-inch factory lift, modified 3.42-ratio rear axle and Multimatic DSSV dampers.
Chevrolet will offer the Colorado ZR2 Bison with the 3.6-liter LGZ V6 engine as standard; the 2.8-liter Duramax turbodiesel four-cyldiner engine will be optional. Buyers will also have the choice of crew and extended cab trucks. Look for the overlanding-focused truck to reach Chevy dealers in January 2019.