It looks like the Z71 Off-Road Package that debuted on the all-new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado will be getting a redesign. Both Mark Reuss, GM president of North America, and Jeff Luke, GM's head of truck engineering, believe there's potential for a more aggressive off-road package that could be even more capable than the half-ton pickup, according to Automotive News.
Nobody mentioned the words "Raptor-fighter," but if Chevy wants to make the little truck more capable that would likely mean doing more than adding extra stickers and larger wheel and tire options. Both top GM execs have said a dedicated, rugged package is being discussed; in fact, dealers have been asking for it.
Some will remember that earlier versions of the Chevrolet S-10 and GMC Sonoma offered a dedicated ZR2 off-road package with unique suspension components, heavier-duty axles and gearing, and a greater capability than anything offered by the competition. Some have criticized GM for not making its Z71 trims more capable, but if something like a Ford F-150 SVT Raptor can work in the full-size segment, it seems possible that a downsized version could work well as long as it's at a much lower price.