One more Chevy truck coming, new 2016 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2. Starting with the year 2016 there is going to be a new Colorado which is going to get a new platform as well as new engines. It is GM’s answer to the Amarok, the German truck which managed to get a lot of the market for itself.
However, Chevy is also going to release a special model of the truck called the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, meaning that it is the successor to the old S10 ZR2, a rock crawling truck which can handle itself not only on the road but also in off-road.
As you would expect, the model will get visual updates, a new engine which will also debut on the new base truck in 2017 as well as a more equipped interior. Unfortunately though, it is only a concept so far. GM said that they are thinking of making it but they are not sure about it yet. We do know that they need the truck in order to boost the sales of their ZR2.
2016 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Redesign
GM tried to prove with this concept that they still get the off-road concept, so it offers a lot of cool upgrades to help its driver in off-road. On the exterior, the truck is both wider and taller. The cabin remained mostly the same but the front end is different. It now features a different set of headlights with Xenon and LED as standard while the grille uses honeycomb mesh as well as a more aggressive design.
The front bumper and rear bumpers have been trimmed in order to allow for bigger approach and departure angles while the spare tires has been moved inside the bed in order to further increase its ground clearance. The bigger wheel arches now house 18 inch alloy wheels coupled to all terrain tires. The suspension system will also get a nice upgrade with the new King shock absorbers which not only offer a long travel but also quite a high ground clearance as well.
There is also going to be a lot of work done on the interior of the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 but not exactly what you will expect. The general design will remain mostly unchanged with the exception of the seats which will offer better lateral support. In fact, the interior will get all the extras of the normal car as standard, so things such as satellite navigation, dual zone automatic climate control or even leather upholstery are going to be offered on the base model.
Under the Hood
Engine wise, the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 will get only one engine which is actually going to be very different from the usual. While the base truck gets a few petrol engines, the ZR2 will actually get a brand new 2.8 liter inline 4 Duramax diesel unit. This is going to be able to offer as much as 181 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, all while offering more than 25 MPG on average which for a truck is quite good.
|Type||2.8L Duramax diesel|
|Output||181 HP @ 3.400 RPM|
|Torque||369 LB-FT @ 2.000 RPM|
Also thanks to this engine, the new Colorado is going to be able to tow more than 7800 pounds which is a best in class number. Unfortunately, the engine is only going to get a 6 speed automatic gearbox which even though it is comfortable to use it is one of the slower models out there. Luckily though, the four wheel drive system as well as the lockable differentials in the front and rear are going to be standard which is a nice touch by Chevrolet.
New ZR2 reaches 60 mph for 10 seconds, but, on the other hand, max speed is around 125 mph. These features, we can say that are not enough good, if we look other competitors.
2016 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Price and Release date
The release date would most likely be in the mid of 2016 or late 2016 while the base price should be right around 30.000 dollars. It might seem like a steep price for a compact truck but you’ll see that it is more than reasonable.
As you can to suppose, the key competitors are: 2015 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro and Nissan Frontier.