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.