Chevrolet has resurrected its ZR2 trim name for this concept version of the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck. Boasting major upgrades for off-road use and a turbodiesel engine, the ZR2 concept gives us a hint at how Chevrolet could further expand the appeal of its new Colorado.
The ZR2 name was first applied to a Chevrolet S-10 pickup in 1994, and a ZR2 package for the Blazer arrived in 1996. The package survived until 2003 on the Chevrolet S-10 and 2005 on the Blazer. With this concept, Chevrolet appears to be hinting that the trim could return to showrooms.
Compared to a standard 2015 Chevrolet Colorado, the ZR2 concept has its track widened by four inches and its suspension raised by two inches. Meaty 275/65R18 off-roading tires fit beneath widened fenders, while new front and rear fascias increase the Colorado’s approach and departure angles from 25/21 degrees to 30.7/22.7 degrees, respectively. Skid plates are standard, and the new fascia even incorporates an electric winch and flip-out tow hooks. In addition to the lift, the ZR2’s suspension builds upon that of the standard 2015 Chevrolet Colorado with new front control arms, King shock absorbers with remote reservoirs, and electrically locking differentials.
Other add-on equipment to ready the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 concept for the trail includes a spray-in bedliner, a bed-mounted full-size spare wheel and tire, and a high-lift jack. The grille and headlights have blacked-out accents, while the hood has a “power-dome” design meant to mimic the look of the Chevrolet Silverado HD trucks. The center stack boasts a new “Aux” toggle switch blank, as well as four other switches to control the winch and the front and rear differentials.
Beneath the hood is a 2.8-liter Duramax turbodiesel inline-four engine rated for 181 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Although the ZR2 is only a concept, Chevrolet confirms that the 2016 Colorado will offer this Duramax engine as an option from later 2015, alongside the existing 200-hp, 2.5-liter inline-four and 305-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 gas engines.
As for a rough-and-tumble ZR2 package itself, there’s no confirmation just yet as to whether it will reach production for the Chevrolet Colorado. The automaker, however, strongly hints at its intentions to build the model; Colorado marketing manager Tony Johnson said, “We’ll gauge the public’s interest in this concept as we continue to explore the possibilities for the all-new Colorado.”