The off-road focused 2024 Chevy Colorado ZR2 and 2024 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison trims of the popular mid-size truck nameplate will get a new launch control feature as part of their Baja mode, Chevrolet has confirmed to GM Authority.
These two rugged variants of the Colorado ZR2 will receive the same performance-boosting advanced drive technology that the 2024 GMC Canyon AT4X and 2024 GMC Canyon AT4X AEV Edition were confirmed as receiving a few days ago.
The launch control feature is one that has been used on many different performance vehicles to create maximum traction and power to achieve immediate, intense acceleration.
GM’s version, used in the Colorado ZR2 and ZR2 Bison, is a “smart launch control feature” that “learns the driving surface and can adjust engine speed and torque accordingly to improve subsequent performance on future launches,” according to The General’s description.
Colorado ZR2 and ZR2 Bison can activate launch control while in Baja drive mode by simultaneously pressing the gas and brake pedals, then releasing the brake. The feature boosts acceleration both on-road and off-pavement according to GM.
Other trim levels of the 2024 Chevy Colorado will not get launch control because the feature requires Baja mode, which is available only on the drive mode selection of the Colorado ZR2 and ZR2 Bison. The other Colorado trims also have drive modes, but not Baja mode.
Launch control adds another element to a list of features and equipment intended to make the Colorado ZR2 and ZR2 Bison highly effective in their role of powerful, versatile trucks with superior overlanding capability. GM partnered with off-road specialists American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) to design the Bison variant.
Among the trail-conquering goodies outfitting the Colorado ZR2 Bison are a winch-ready heavy duty front bumper, 35-inch OD Mud/Terrain tires on 17-inch beadlock capable AEV wheels, boron steel skid plates and rocker protectors, and Multimatic front and rear jounce control dampers and DSSV dampers.
Both variants offer a suspension lift, but Colorado ZR2 Bison in particular is capable of demonstrating its off-road chops with 12.2 inches of ground clearance plus a 38.2-degree approach angle, 26-degree departure angle, and 26.9-degree breakover angle.
The 2024 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison is motivated by 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.
As GM Authority previously revealed, the start of regular production (SORP) for the 2024 Chevy Colorado is scheduled for October 30th, 2023. Production will take place alongside the 2024 GMC Canyon at the GM Wentzville plant in Missouri.