2024 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison Spied: Most Revealing Photos Yet16
First hitting the scene for the 2019 model year, the Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison serves up some impressive off-road capability, and now, we’re checking out the upcoming 2024 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison in some of the most revealing photos yet.
Despite the black-and-white wrap that covers the body panels, this 2024 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison prototype provides us with a relatively clear view at the off-road pickup’s tough-looking exterior. Let’s start with the front end, where we see a fascia similar to that of the standard third-generation Chevy Colorado ZR2. However, this prototype Colorado ZR2 Bison also shows a new front bumper that’s reshaped to offer even more clearance than the standard ZR2 bumper. Other notable bits include the Chevy Flowtie mounted in the upper grille, which incorporates a red inner color, while red tow hooks are mounted low in the fascia. Interestingly, it also appears as though the front skid plate on this prototype may have been removed.
Overall, the 2024 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison is shaping up to be quite an imposing vehicle. The stance is wide and tall, while in the corners, we see what appear to be a set of beadlock-capable wheels. The rollers on this prototype look to be identical to the wheels equipped by the 2024 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison prototype that GM Authority featured last December, once again rocking a black finish, plus Goodyear Wrangler rubber for the traction. Tire sizing likely measures in at 35 inches, similar to the Ford Bronco Sasquatch.
The tall suspension is matched with extra-wide fenders, giving the 2024 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison some serious attitude. Also check out the burly rocker guards mounted low along the flanks of the pickup.
Finally, the rear end of this prototype model is equipped with placeholder tail lamps, possibly the result of the Colorado ZR2 Bison’s wider rear fenders. Also expect a unique rear bumper treatment.
As a reminder, the third-generation Chevy Colorado made its big debut for the 2023 model year, running the turbocharged 2.7L I4 L3B gasoline engine as standard. Multiple states of tune are on offer depending on the trim level selected, with the ZR2 model running the 2.7L Turbo High-Output tune, rated at 310 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque.
An updated version of the GMT 31XX platform provides the bones, while production takes place at the GM Wentzville plant in Missouri.
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I’d literally buy this over the silverado gm calls “zr2”. this thing looks like a mini hummer. its badass. nice power, 35 inch tires, tall and wide, etc. i’m sure with an engine tune or a bigger turbo you could probably get 450 hp / 470 lb ft.
I don’t even want to know what the price is…but looks amazing.
I have a 2020 ZR2 Duramax and this is so much better (except for the lack of diesel part) in every way – notice they FINALLY moved the rear shocks outboard – can’t tell you how many times those shock mounts have rubbed/got damaged on Utah trails. Current gen easily fits 32’s but needs some mod to fit 33’s and serious work to fit 35’s. Stock 35’s and a modern interior – I may have to upgrade.
Front level and adding about a degree of caster in the front let me fit 285/70/17 KO2s without trimming on my ’22 ZR2 diesel.
“Reshaped front bumper”…?? It’s been reshaped alright, it’s the stock bumper that has been torn. The fenders also look the same as the stock ZR2, with the possible exception of wider fender flares, maybe. They may look wider because of the wrap coming off the flares? Did they look at these pictures before writing this article?
The new Bison is an amazing looking truck and it appears to be more than capable of multiple off-road tasks.
With this being said, the last gen Bison was ~$5k more than the ZR2. Using these numbers, this new Bison will start at ~$54k.
Every 4-5 years, my Dad purchases a new Silverado 4×4. No option is spared. Several trucks ago, his ’08 LTZ Ext. Cab 4×4 (top of the line at the time) had an MSRP of ~$49k (leather, woodgrain, 20″ wheels, etc., etc., etc..). Just let that sink in for a while.
Yeah but to get that LTZ now BASE PRICE would be $63k, trucks have just gone up and we gotta accept that or don’t buy them. All things considered, you get more in a $50k mid size than a $50k full size these days and they’re easier to park AND can haul as much as a full size from 10 years ago
Haul as much as a full size? The 5ft bed would like to argue otherwise…
63k means the price has actually gone down versus inflation. in 2008 a 49k truck would be 69.5k based on the bls.gov inflation calculator. Content has certainly gone up which drives the cost even more.
What exactly is your point? 49k in January of 2009 is the equivalent of 69k today.
Take a deep breath tough guy.
My point is, the price of vehicles has increased exponentially over the past ~20 years. On top of that, the ~30% inflation over the past 2 years (US Dept. of Labor Statistics) has made it even worse. If some people want to pay more and get less, that is certainly their right as a consumer. I keep my finances underneath of a microscope and would rather pay less and get more. To each their own.
Those look like custom wheels!
Probably 60k range
So this is probably the closest thing GM will make to a Bronco for a while. I really dig it, but I’m sure the price will be high enough to remind me that I don’t really need it.
Unfortunately, the 2023 Colorado (as it would seem), isn’t going to be available at dealerships until 2024 or beyond . Talk about dragging your feet! Remember when they used to have the next year’s models at dealers about 6-8 months before the new year?! Yes, I understand, “material shortages” because of Covid and whatever else they use to excuse markups and “demand”…
I agree with you Ted utterly embarrassing how GM has rolled out their GMC Canyon/Colorado redesign and if anyone thinks this is going to be any different good luck and I agree, I think since Covid American auto makers are doing the same as European auto makers, such as Porsche thing about 90 to 95% of their vehicles custom ordered and you will wait! At least with Porsche they give you a freeze point and then give you the process throughout the build I know I bought a 911 two years ago and it was an amazing and fun process. I like trying to buy this GMC canyon. No information no one knows what’s going on, and then when you think it’s gonna be OK another range in the system anyhow but we need to do is consumers to stand up to these big corporations, and just not buy them until they work for us like they’re supposed to whatever happened to customer service. It’s gone since Covid and everyone uses that as an excuse and now it’s just accepted
A ’23 ZR2 starts at $47k. For comparison, a Rubicon/Mojave Gladiator with har-top and automatic trans is $56k. Jeep offers a $4000 gears/lift/35′ tire package on the Wrangler that they could likely offer on the Gladiator. The current Colorado Bison package is $5750, but that’s just bumpers, skid plates and cosmetics. The engineering vehicle seen here is more like the AEV Bison which adds 4.10 gears, GM suspension level, fender flares and 35’s. whole package is ~$12k to start.