As GM Authority exclusively reported back in March 2023, the Chevy Colorado was to drop the Desert Boss Special Edition Package after the 2023 model year. Moving forward, here’s the fate of the ultimate all-terrain Colorado ZR2.
Of course, there’s a good reason for the Desert Boss Special Edition Package (RPO code ZDB) to be dropped, as it’s being indirectly replaced by the new-for-2024 ZR2 Bison. As such, a few of the Desert Boss Special Edition Package’s exclusive features are being dropped as well, including:
- Bodyside Decal Package (DSA)
- Off-Road Front Bumper Safari Bar (SD0)
- 30-inch Off-Road Grille Light bar, LPO (S3W) (only available in conjunction with Desert Boss Special Edition Package)
As a reminder, the range-topping Colorado ZR2 Bison stands as the ultimate expression of what an off-roading Colorado can be, and comes equipped with a suite of all-terrain goodies to serve its intended purpose. These features include the likes of Boron steel skid plates and rocker protectors, segment-exclusive Multimatic front and rear Jounce Control Dampers and DSSV dampers. 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 break-over angle.
Under the hood, the Bison features the turbocharged 2.7L I4 L3B gasoline engine, which is in the Turbo High-Output tune and rated at 310 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque. Output is directed to the ground through the second-gen GM eight-speed automatic transmission, as well as a two-speed transfer case and power-locking front and rear differentials.
In regard to structure, the Chevy Colorado lies an updated variant of the GMT 31XX platform, while production for the 2024 model year will kick off at the GM Wentzville plant in Missouri in October 2023.