Originally debuting for the 2019 model year, the Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison takes the off-road-ready Chevy Colorado ZR2 to new heights of capability, throwing in a variety of improvements thanks to a collaboration with aftermarket manufacturer American Expedition Vehicles (AEV). Now, the upcoming 2024 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison has been spotted testing on public roads.
Although it’s covered in heavy camouflage, this 2024 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison prototype still provides us a number of interesting tidbits to analyze, starting with the wheels. In the corners we spot what appear to be a set of beadlock-capable rollers, which are finished in black and are wrapped in Goodyear Wrangler rubber. Notably, two different wheel designs are on display between the two different prototype models spotted. The tires likely measure in at 35 inches, similar to the Ford Bronco Sasquatch.
Also notable is the impressive ride height, which is definitely in line with the Colorado ZR2 Bison’s off-road attitude and capability. Further updates will include revisions to the unique front and rear bumpers, which provide enhanced clearance for the pickup, plus more robust skid plates to match. There’s also a wider stance, with additional fender flares underneath the vinyl camouflage. Also check the protective rocker guards in the flanks.
In back, we see these 2024 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison prototypes equipped with a spare wheel holder in the bed, which is mounted forward near the cabin. Finally, one of the prototypes was seen towing a trailer, which is particularly noteworthy given the ZR2 is the least-capable model in the Colorado lineup in terms of trailer weight, per previous GM Authority coverage.
GM just unveiled the latest third-generation Chevy Colorado for the 2023 model year, pulling the sheets on a new exterior, an overhauled interior, and a new powertrain lineup as well. Under the hood, the third-gen Colorado is powered by GM’s turbocharged 2.7L I4 L3B gasoline engine, which is available in three states of tune depending on the trim level selected. The Chevy Colorado ZR2 runs the top 2.7L Turbo High-Output tune as standard, with output rated at 310 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque.