Another day another small truck with off road pretensions. To be fair Chevrolet added a lot of goodies to the new Colorado ZR2 which would make it an excellent truck for off road adventures. Hopefully they will add some other accessories that would lend the truck for use as a long distance traveler, and capable of self sufficiency for overland excursions.
With 10.3 inches of ground clearance and a 3.5-inch wider track the Zr2 is set up nicely. Add to that 2 inch lift you get a factory ground clearance of 10.3 inches. It is more than a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, until of course you add a 2 inch lift to it. Escalation folks it’s unavoidable. The Zr2 is fitted with a unique suspension featuring spool valve shocks from Multimatic. This technology was developed for Formula One and it provides varying levels of damping depending on wheel position. Cool for speed, not terribly useful for rocks.
Power will be delivered by either the 308 hp 3.6-liter V6 or the turbodiesel four-cylinder that puts out 181 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. Eight-speed automatic transmission, locking front and rear differentials, and a locking transfer case. Frankly the ZR2 should only come with the diesel, torque, fuel mileage, and oh yeah, torque. There are nine boring drive modes that cover everything from I can’t spin the wheels to oh look shiny. The electronic nannies will keep you from doing anything untoward and uncivilized while attempting to have fun in the snow or sand. Donuts anyone? 5,000 pound tow rating, and a payload of up to 1,100 pounds.