Roads? Where we’re going we don’t need roads thanks to the go-anywhere 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison. Get ready to trek wherever your off-roading heart desires because this pickup truck has no quit.
Chevy teamed up with premium off-road aftermarket specialists American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) to create a vehicle that not only looks badass, but actually is badass. The Bison is ready to rampage in the wild and will not be scared off by jagged, rocky terrain.
The underbelly of the Bison is built like a tank to confront and survive dangerous rocks. The undercarriage boasts five skid plates constructed out of rock-hard hot-stamped Boron steel. These skid plates protect the engine oil pan, fuel tank, transfer case, as well as the front and rear locking differentials.
Need more reasons to go where other trucks are too scared to dare traverse? The suped-up truck exclusively features 17×8-inch aluminum wheels with 31-inch Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac off-road tires. To accommodate the large wheels this pickup truck boasts larger fender flares, which gives it a fantastically aggressive appearance.
The AEV-designed stamped steel front and rear bumpers are ready to headbutt anything that dares get in this truck’s way. Add a winch and foglights to the front bumper for even more versatility.
The performance-minded midsize pickup truck boasts either a 3.6-liter V-6 engine that pumps out 306 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque and comes equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission. You can also get GM’s 2.8-liter Duramax turbodiesel I-4 engine with 186 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.
If your off-road adventures take you into the dusty desert or treading through some deep water don’t fret because AEV offers this very cool-looking snorkel intake that filters out dirt or water.
The ZR2 Bison includes off-road rocker protection, cast-iron control arms, and an Autotrac transfer case. The 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison comes equipped with a modified rear axle with a 3.42 ratio, front and rear tracks 3.5 inches wider, and a factory suspension lifted 2 inches over the Z71.
“We’ve been following Colorado since its introduction, and the ZR2 really captured our attention,” said Dave Harriton, AEV founder and president. “As this is the first Chevrolet vehicle we’ve given the AEV treatment to, we wanted to do something special with the industry’s first use of hot-stamped Boron steel. We also expect that Colorado drivers will love the added ruggedness of our front and rear bumpers on ZR2 Bison.”
“More and more enthusiasts are discovering that Colorado is ideal for off-roading, especially overland travel,” said Sandor Piszar, Chevrolet truck marketing director. “The Colorado Z71 offers a full suite of off-road equipment, the maneuverability of a midsize truck and the driving range of a class-exclusive diesel engine. The Colorado ZR2 offers even greater off-road capability with class-exclusive front and rear locking differentials and Multimatic DSSV dampers. And now, Bison offers customers an even more extreme turnkey off-road truck ready to tackle your next adventure.”
Pricing for the Bison was not announced, but expect it to be more than the standard ZR2’s price tag of $42,500. The Bison, which is a nod to AEV which has the American buffalo in its logo, stampedes into your local Chevrolet dealer in January.
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