General Motors just unveiled the 2024 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison, showing off an all-new, highly capable off-road midsize pickup truck developed in partnership with American Expedition Vehicles (AEV). The debut of the new Colorado ZR2 Bison follows the launch of the third-gen Chevy Colorado for the 2023 model year, and builds on the already capable Colorado ZR2 with even more of that trail-ready good stuff. Like the Chevy Silverado 1500 ZR2 Bison and Chevy Silverado HD ZR2 Bison, the 2024 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison was purpose-built for off-road enthusiasts.
In addition to a wealth of standard components from AEV, the 2024 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison also incorporates development input from off-road racing champion Chad Hall, and was refined on the Rubicon Trail to boot.
Outside, we see a new AEV heavy duty front bumper with provisions for a winch, which is matched to an AEV rear bumper and AEV fender flares. Under the flares is a set of AEV 17-inch beadlock-capable wheels wrapped in segment-exclusive 35-inch OD Mud/Terrain tires. A Chevy Flowtie front badge, Bison exterior badging, and race-inspired tire carrier complete the look.
Underbody protection includes a Boron steel skid plates and rocker protectors, while segment-exclusive Multimatic front and rear Jounce Control Dampers and DSSV dampers upgrade the suspension. Off-road specs include 12.2 inches of ground clearance, as well as a 38.2-degree approach angle, 26-degree departure angle, and 26.9-degree breakover angle, all of which Chevy claims as best-in-class.
Under the hood, the 2024 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison runs the turbocharged 2.7L I4 L3B gasoline engine, specifically the Turbo High-Output variant rated at 310 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque. Output is sent through the second-gen GM eight-speed automatic transmission, as well as a two-speed transfer case and power-locking front and rear differentials.
Inside, there’s an 11.3-inch touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a selection of safety and driver assist features too.
An official on-sale date for the 2024 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison has yet to be announced, but it’s expected to drop in some time later this year.