Back in November, we got an in-depth look at The General’s latest military machine – the Chevrolet Colorado-based Infantry Squad Vehicle, or ISV. The rough-and-ready troop transport was on display at the 2019 SEMA Show draped in mud and military gear, and now, we’re taking a walk around it in the following Live Photo Gallery.
The Chevrolet Colorado-based GM ISV is designed to deploy just outside of combat and quickly transport up up to nine soldiers (plus all associated gear and weapons) straight to the front line. The ISV can also transport wounded, and can fit a stretcher transversely inside the vehicle thanks to configurable three second-row seat cushions.
Up front, the pilot keeps an eye on vehicle vitals thanks to a fully digital gauge cluster, which includes a seven-inch color TFT LCD screen and 800 x 480 pixels for resolution.
Mechanically speaking, the ISV is essentially a Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison “from the waist down,” with 70 percent of the components used being commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) parts from the civilian truck. This includes suspension and drivetrain components, as well as the engine.
Speaking of the powerplant, the Chevrolet Colorado-based ISV is motivated by the turbodiesel 2.8L LWN inline four-cylinder, which hails from the GM Duramax engine family. Power figures are 20 percent higher than the stock ZR2 thanks to less restrictive emissions controls, with peak output estimated at 217 horsepower. The diesel ‘four mates to the GM Hydra-Matic 6L50 MYB six-speed automatic transmission.
The Chevrolet Colorado GM-ISV is one of three finalists vying for a contract with the U.S. Department of Defense, which means it must conform to DoD guidelines. This includes four rigid hook-up points and a maximum weight of 5,000 pounds in order for the ISV to be transported and deployed via helicopter.