Behold the first real-world photos of Chevy’s new 2019 Colorado ZR2 Bison. Though we’ve already seen the Colorado ZR2 Bison in the real world during validation testing in Metro Detroit, these photos capture the new range-topping Colorado getting a workout while doing some rock crawling.
This model seen here is wearing Red Hot paint and is not equipped with the snorkel, which is available as an optional accessory.
Technically speaking, the Colorado Bison is not a separate model whatsoever. Instead, it’s a package offered on the Colorado ZR2 that’s officially called Colorado ZR2 Bison Edition. Chevy says that the ZR2 Bison offers immense capability and more room for enjoyment over the “standard” Colorado ZR2.
The Bison features all the equipment found on the already-formidable Colorado ZR2, like Multimatic DSSV dampers, front and rear locking electronic differentials, a two-inch higher ride height, and a 3.42-ratio rear axle, while adding the following unique:
- A new kind of Chevy flowtie via a Chevrolet-lettered grille
- Five skid plates made from Boron steel to cover the engine oil pan, transfer case, rear locking differentials, and fuel tank, including:
- Fuel tank skid plate
- Front skid plate
- Rear differential skid plate
- Transfer case skid plate
- 17″ AEV aluminum wheel with 17″ AEV spare wheel
- Fog lamps
- AEV rear bumper
- Wheel moldings
- Front floor liners
- Rear floor liners
- AEV Embroidered HeadrestsFuel tank skid plate
Under the hood sits GM’s naturally-aspirated 3.6-liter LGZ V6 gasoline engine paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The duo makes 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. Meanwhile, The 2.8-liter Duramax LWN turbodiesel four-cylinder engine with a six-speed automatic transmission is optional and makes 186 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque.
In case anyone is not clear on the matter, ZR2 badging on the side of the box along with a Bison badge at the rear will remind them exactly what version of the Colorado you are driving.
The 2019 Colorado ZR2 Bison starts at $48,045, including destination fees, for the extended cab, and $49,645 for the Crew Cab (prices are for the 3.6L V6 gasoline motor). The Bison goes on sale across Chevy showrooms this month.