Now American Expedition Vehicles, the same company that General Motors partnered with for the Colorado ZR2 Bison, has found a way to make the pickup even more usable.
AEV introduced the Colorado ZR2 Bison Tray Bed concept this week, which it built for the Overland Expo West show to gauge interest in a production tray bed conversion for the Colorado.
In addition to the tray bed rear end, this Colorado ZR2 Bison also has concept high-clearance fender flares from AEV, which allow the company to fit a large 35-inch tire to the mid-size pickup without having to install lifted suspension.
AEV tested its Colorado ZR2 Bison Tray Bed concept by taking it on a three-day expedition in the Altar Desert in Mexico prior to its upcoming appearance at Overland Expo West. The truck was joined by a handful of specially outfitted AEV Jeep Wranglers and “performed flawlessly,” as it traversed the harsh desert terrain, AEV says.
The standard Colorado Bison is aimed at overlanding and off-roading enthusiasts and features off-road ready equipment like 17-inch AEV off-road wheels, AEV front and rear fascias, new fog lamps, an optional intake snorkel and protective skid plates for the differential, fuel tank and transfer case. Both 3.6-liter V6 and 2.8-liter diesel Colorado ZR2s can be converted into a ZR2 Bison.
You can see the AEV Colorado ZR2 Bison Tray Bed concept in the flesh at the 2019 Overland Expo West, which will be held in Flagstaff, Arizona from May 17 to May 19.