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Los Angeles 2014: Chevy reveals the Colorado ZR2 concept

Los Angeles 2014: Chevy reveals the Colorado ZR2 concept image

Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: | posted November 20, 2014 08:54

Uses a new 2.8L Duramax engine

The Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 concept made its global debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show giving the world a peek at what the brand plans for the Colorado in the near future.

Boasting of aggressive styling concepts that stem from accomplishments of the Colorado Z71, the ZR2 aims to advance its legacy.

"From the bold stance to the trail-ready special equipment, the Colorado ZR2 is all about the fun of driving where the pavement ends – and doing it in characteristic Chevy style.  Chevrolet has a heritage of the ZR2 representing the ultimate in production-based off-road capability and we'll gauge the public's interest in this concept as we continue to explore the possibilities for the all-new Colorado," said Tony Johnson, Colorado marketing manager.

Four inches wider than the production Z71, the ZR2 sets an imposing stance and gives it plenty of stability.  It has new front and rear fascias that will give it increased approach and departure angles during off-road driving while it also has two-inch lifet and integral skid plates for better ground clearance.

"The design of the ZR2 concept is all about functionality.  It is inspired by the needs for traversing rock-strewn trails, as well as the aesthetics of competition-style vehicles such as pre-runners – with all elements contributing to safe, sustainable off-road driving," said Johnson.

For greater suspension travel, the ZR2 will use mono-tube coil-over shock absorbers by King™ and it also features remote-mounted fluid reservoirs that add to the Colorado ZR2 concept's capability.

The Colorado ZR2 sports a stylish all-new grille and headlamp housings with blacked-out accents while the power dome-style hood takes inspiration from Silverado heavy-duty trucks.  The concept vehicle comes in Cyprus Green exterior color, with Henna Orange accents and custom ZR2 identification on the rear fenders, tailgate and grille.

Inside, the ZR2 comes in Jet Black leather-trimmed interior with orange stitching that complements the exterior's orange accents.

Powering the Colorado ZR2 concept is a new 2.8L Duramax engine producing 183 PS at 3,400 rpm, 500 Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission

"This new Duramax diesel engine will take efficient capability to an entirely new plateau for the midsize truck segment.  Its broad torque band makes it very powerful at low rpm, while the turbocharged performance provides a confident feeling of immediate and smooth power on demand – attributes customers will appreciate when trailering," said Johnson.