2019 Colorado ZR2 Bison: Complete Photo Gallery8
Previously, we have only seen press photos of the 2019 Colorado ZR2 Bison, but we have just caught up to Chevy’s extreme off-roader as it was undergoing testing in Metro Detroit, giving us an opportunity to snap some first first real-world photos.
This model is coated in Red Hot paint (G7C). It notably does not have a snorkel, which will be an optional feature for the Colorado ZR2 Bison.
As a reminder, the 2019 Colorado ZR2 Bison builds on the ZR2 by adding several features designed by American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) to make it more off-road capable:
- Five skid plates constructed of hard, durable hot-stamped Boron steel covering:
- Engine oil pan
- Fuel tank
- Transfer case
- Front and rear locking differentials
- These skid plates deliver maximum protection of key undercarriage elements while driving over rocky, jagged terrain.
- AEV-designed stamped steel front and rear bumpers that further shield the truck from obstacles.
- The front bumper contains winch provisions and standard fog lights, with recovery points integrated into the rear bumper.
- Flow-through CHEVROLET-lettered grille in place of the traditional bowtie on the front end (representing a new kind of Chevy flow tie).
- Larger fender flares.
- All-new ZR2 Bison-specific 17 x 8-inch aluminum wheels.
- 31-inch Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac off-road tires sit beneath larger fender flares.
- “Bison” decals on the bed sides.
- “AEV Bison” logo on the tailgate.
- Embroidered AEV logo floor liners and front head restraints.
The model seen here is powered by the 2.8L four-cylinder Duramax turbo-diesel engine LWN paired with a six-speed automatic transmission making 186 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque.
The Colorado ZR2 Bison can also be configured with the 3.6L V6 LGX engine paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. The combination makes 308 horsepower and and 275 pound-feet of torque.
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ONly if they would do the same on the Silverado
All there is here is some skid plates, bumpers and larger plastic flares.
The grille is just an off the shelf dealer installed part you can put on any Colorado. Not sure we’re the extra hole cooling myth is coming from this web site or GM. No one has presented any numbers to back it up.
The tires are the same size and no added lift.
The drive line is stock, the emblems do nothing. The truth is one may be better off just buying the skids and add them to their ZR2 if they jack the price too much.
Add bigger tires 33’s and then add the GM approved Mallet Supercharger.
So, you would approve if GM were to add the two fuel sucking choices you point out?
If the EPA were to fine YOU for those additions, would you be good with that?
If you would do the research the Mallet system is very efficient. Also you could do the Camaro V6 that would add more power at little penalty.
My present 3.6 driven hard has returned 20.3 over the last 3500with with no highway miles.
Just when you are pushing a ZR2 up to $50k you had better have more than some bolt on parts and emblems stuck on.
The increase of fuel penalty the 33 is little over the present tires and stock bumper.
If I were fuel be damned I would be adding cylinders.
Actually, the “flow tie” on the Camaro has been shown to add 3 cubic feet per minute of airflow. Enough to reduce temps by 2 degrees.
I would think a vehicle like this would have an integrated winch.
I believe it is an option behind the plate.
Imagine If it had the 6.2 from the 1500 with proper gearing it would be awesome