General Motors unveiled the all-new third-generation Chevy Colorado for the 2023 model year, showing off new exterior styling, an overhauled cabin, and a new powertrain. The 2023 Chevy Colorado also offers the new Desert Boss package, which will be indirectly replaced by the new 2024 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison, per a GM Authority exclusive published last month. Now, GM Authority has learned that the 2024 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison will be available as a standalone trim level, rather than as a package.
For those readers who may be unaware, the 2023 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Desert Boss Special Edition package (RPO code ZDB) upgrades the pickup with a long list of extras to enhance its styling and off-road prowess. The Desert Boss Special Edition package is exclusive to the 2023 Chevy Colorado ZR2. It is unclear at this time if the Desert Boss Special Edition package will be available for the Chevy Colorado in subsequent model years, either as optional or as part of a package.
Either way, the Desert Boss Special Edition package will be replaced by the new Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison for the 2024 model year. Per GM Authority sources, the new 2024 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison will be available as a standalone trim level, rather than as an optional package, as was the case with previous generations.
As expected, the new 2024 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison will feature a variety of off-road-ready equipment and enhancements, including 35-inch LT315/70R17 Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac tires and long-travel the Multimatic DSSV dampers. The new 2024 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison will also feature hydraulic bump stops, a feature which the standard ZR2 doesn’t have, and it will be roughly 2 inches taller than the standard ZR2 as well, with 1 inch of height added thanks to the larger tire diameter, and 1 inch of height added thanks to the new suspension. The 2024 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison was previewed by the 2022 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Extreme Off-Road concept shown at the 2021 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.
As a reminder, the third-generation Chevy Colorado is equipped with either the turbocharged 2.7L I4 L2R gasoline engine or turbocharged 2.7L I4 L3B gasoline engine. The updated 31XX platform provides the underpinnings, with production taking place at the GM Wentzville plant in Missouri.