Chevrolet Reveals 2018 Colorado ZR2 Midnight and Dusk Editions

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Continuing its string of successes with full-size and mid-size special editions, Chevrolet is releasing two more for its mid-size pickup truck: the 2018 Colorado ZR2 Dusk and Midnight editions.

The Colorado is enjoying a strong sales year, up almost 9 percent in September when compared to September 2016, and likely to finish the year more than 5,000 units ahead of 2016 numbers.

Both special editions will have their public debut at the 2017 Specialty Equipment Marketing Association Show, running Oct. 31 to Nov. 3 in Las Vegas, where Chevy will debut several other concept and special-edition vehicles.

The Colorado ZR2 Midnight Edition will be offered in one color only, black, and feature an all-black finish on the grille, bumpers, bow tie, aluminum wheels, mirrors and door handles. Like all ZR2 models, the Midnight Edition offers an optional bed-mounted spare tire carrier and black side steps; the black sports bar with laser-etched ZR2 logos in the side-rail panels and black-out bowtie are standard.

The Colorado ZR2 Dusk Edition includes all the features of the Midnight Edition, but can be ordered with any of the other ZR2 paint colors with plenty of black exterior accents. Either model can be ordered with a 3.6-liter gas V-6 or 2.8-liter turbo-diesel inline-four-cylinder engine.

These two special editions don't make any mechanical modifications to the ZR2. All ZR2s offer a 2-inch-higher suspension, a 3.5-inch-wider track, front and rear locking differentials, impressive Multimatic DSSV spool-valve shock absorbers at all four corners, extra skid plating and a unique Autotrac transfer case.

Pricing for these 2018 premium mid-size models has not been announced.

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Comments

That's a nice looking truck! Tint those windows in either one and it would be perfect!
I like the light bar on top. Would be welcome addition to an already VERY capable off-roader

not bad, what size tires come on those?

LOL what's next morning and noon

My bumper sticker on my Tacoma's stands firm:

"Chevy Colorado Rescue Vehicle" with a white cross in red background.

Great looking and extremely capable off road truck. Great job GM.

Actually a decent looking truck, although I doubt this will help the small amount sales.

Ranger instead. Please and thank you.

Great looking additions to the ZR2.....excellent truck. GM did these right.

Ford cant get that Ranger out soon enough- they will have lost years of sales by the time it hits the market . If its any good it will bleed the F series trucks as well ....which the mid sizers have done to a degree with GM .

Currently GM offers the most choices by far in the truck world with new model half tons coming soon.

The Midnight Edition looks great!

@ REDBLOODEDOXY

You'll be waiting awhile for that little ranger!! LOL

GM has fallen behind in full-size trucks and vans and they are second place in midsizers.

GM has fallen behind in full-size trucks and vans and they are second place in midsizers. Posted by: THE FAKE Jeff S | Oct 18, 2017

@FAKE JEFF S

GM still leads YTD in pickup sales---and this is a site devoted to pickukps (hence the name). Vans?

Logos, paint, and since little trucks don't do work anyway take up the bed with a spare tire.

I guess the lights are all you really get from this classic Pepboys aisle 5 brought to you by GM edition.

General Motors builds the best trucks.

Should have named them Dusk to Dawn, as in the best way to view them is in the dark, haha haha.
GM builds what they think are trucks, but definitely not the best.

These trucks will ride horribly

Gm only leads in the category where Ford is not available, is what Papjim meant to say, that is a fact.

GM builds what they think are trucks, but definitely not the best.

@ GM Blows Chunks

yet it has won a comparison test against your Ford Raptor!! HMMMMMM...interesting!

Gm only leads in the category where Ford is not available, is what Papjim meant to say

Posted by: Nitro | Oct 18, 2017 11:33:20 AM

Toyota leads in that one. I'm not sure what GM leads in.

Gm only leads in the category where Ford is not available, is what Papjim meant to say, that is a fact.


Posted by: Nitro | Oct 18, 2017 11:33:20 AM

Like overall "truck" sales?

OK, what your saying is Ford doesn't make a real truck, therefore even though GM outsells them in overall "truck" sales, it doesn't count because Ford's are not worthy of being called trucks and being counted in a figure such as overall "truck" sales?

Got it.

Like overall "truck" sales?

Posted by: andrwken | Oct 18, 2017 12:23:34 PM

Like barely leads overall in pickups, not trucks overall. GM should be doing better since they have 6 different pickups, don't you think? Ford and Toyota with only 2 pickups still lead the full and midsize categories. Next year GM won't even lead in overalk pickups, then what will you say?

Everybody and their brother has a blackout edition these days. Can't wait until the trend fades away.

They should really bring back the HUMMER brand for the colorado based truck. They can build on Hummer Brand, Colorado chassis and development and more offload focus ( a wrangler competitor ). Sill can have H3 and H3T ( just 2 products )

Like overall "truck" sales?

Posted by: andrwken | Oct 18, 2017 12:23:34 PM

Like barely leads overall in pickups, not trucks overall. GM should be doing better since they have 6 different pickups, don't you think? Ford and Toyota with only 2 pickups still lead the full and midsize categories. Next year GM won't even lead in overalk pickups, then what will you say?


Posted by: Alex | Oct 18, 2017 12:52:47 PM

I see words in your post like barely and should. All basis of opinion.

A fact is who sells more "trucks" overall.

They should really bring back the HUMMER brand for the colorado based truck. They can build on Hummer Brand, Colorado chassis and development and more offload focus ( a wrangler competitor ). Sill can have H3 and H3T ( just 2 products )

Posted by: unni | Oct 18, 2017 1:09:19 PM

I don't think they can use the Hummer brand. it was sold off.

In my opinion, the GMC brand would be a good spot for some Jeep type products that would only be available to GMC and would be a nice differentiation between the two truck lineups.

Remind me again which of these trucks (ZR2 or Tacoma TRD Pro) have..

4 wheel disc brakes
front e-locker
optional diesel

hint: it ain't the Tacoma

@ andrwken HUMMER didn't get sold off. Its still with GM.

The problem with GMC is GMC is present only in North America and middle east. So its not good for a global rollout.

A Hummer Subbrand under Chevrolet ( like Corvette ) will help it to launch all world and acceptance will be high as HUMMER brand has already a brand name and acceptance as its based on HUMVEE.

@ andrwken HUMMER didn't get sold off. Its still with GM.

The problem with GMC is GMC is present only in North America and middle east. So its not good for a global rollout.

A Hummer Subbrand under Chevrolet ( like Corvette ) will help it to launch all world and acceptance will be high as HUMMER brand has already a brand name and acceptance as its based on HUMVEE.


Posted by: unni | Oct 18, 2017 1:53:47 PM


Why couldn't you sell GMC under your global Chevrolet dealerships?

The GMC brand needs more product differentiation from Chevrolet than Chevrolet needing Jeep like vehicles. A truck only brand would be better suited for off-road vehicle variants. Plus you could charge $100k for denali-like versions of extremely capable vehicles. Range Rover competition.

@ andrwken

Yes GMC can be sold, but in a new place, you need a lot of marketing . User acceptance will be lower compared to Hummer as Hummer is a known name and style ( rest all the hollywood movies show HUMVEES for the marketing so people are more familiar, even lot place people use HUMMER name for HUMVEES ).

Apart from the luxury models, the the real life for offroad / life style trucks are mods and customization and communities ( GMC is not good in that also, ex: look on wrangler and what all people do on it. just search jeep mods )

That's a decent looking truck. Too bad for GM their mid size trucks only took sales from their own full size trucks. Numbers don't lie folks. Tacoma sales are up, GM full size are WAY down.

Must be trying to steal Frontier sales......

http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2017/10/2018-nissan-frontier-midnight-edition-video.html

Logos, paint, and since little trucks don't do work anyway take up the bed with a spare tire.

I guess the lights are all you really get from this classic Pepboys aisle 5 brought to you by GM edition.


Posted by: Clint | Oct 18, 2017 11:18:56 AM

Little trucks can do work. As a matter of fact we tow a 26ft travel trailer with our Diesel Canyon CCLB that we used to tow with our 1/2 ton gas truck. The Diesel Canyon pulls the mountains here easier than the v8 gas truck we had, and gets 7.5 mpg better doing so. And doing farm chores is so nice with the little truck, easy to get around the muck , and easier to get in and out of when loading hay.
Funny our Little Canyon has more payload and tow capacity than the Ram 1/2 ton. We do keep a 1 ton Duramax around to haul 40 ft Horse trailer and 34 ft goose neck flat bed hauler, but the Canyon with the diesel has done all the jobs are 1/2 ton used to do, only more efficiently.

HUMMER didn't get sold off. Its still with GM.
Posted by: unni | Oct 18, 2017

@Unni

Sorry, Hummer is out of business as of 2010. AM General the original parent company and creator of the H1 is possibly still around but the name Hummer is simply a brand at this point with no factory and no products currently being produced.

Please correct me if I'm wrong.

Remind me again which of these trucks (ZR2 or Tacoma TRD Pro) have..
4 wheel disc brakes
front e-locker
optional diesel
hint: it ain't the Tacoma.

And yet Toyota crushes GM with all those"wonderful " features. Haha haha
Lip stick on a pig. Think how really really bad GM numbers would be if same equipment as Tacoma!!!

@ GM blows chunks

Go to the fast lane truck...they did a comparison. V6 for v6 and the Chevy won! Hmmmm....just saying

@papajim In 1998, General Motors (GM) purchased the brand name and marketed three vehicles. In in 2010 gm tried to sell as a brand but it didn't work. VLF Automotive, a company headed by US car industry veteran Bob Lutz, (known for his stint at General Motors from 2001 to 2010) is now building Hummer. Since GM still holds the rights to the trademark, the resurrected Hummer is christened as Humvee C-Series.

So if GM wants, GM can bring back the brand in no time but products theme community support etc matters.

If I look all the comments this is a popular pickup

@unni

Ok, I found one reference that says VLF is building a copy of the GM-Hummer H1 for Chinese market with limited run of 100 units per year.

In other words, it's a unicorn.

@unni

Ok, VLF is building a copy of the GM-Hummer H1 for Chinese market with limited run of 100 units per year. It is a unicorn.

Go to the fast lane truck...they did a comparison. V6 for v6 and the Chevy won! Hmmmm....just saying
Remind me again which of these trucks (ZR2 or Tacoma TRD Pro) have..
4 wheel disc brakes
front e-locker
optional diesel
hint: it ain't the Tacoma.
And yet Toyota crushes GM with all those"wonderful " features. Haha haha
Lip stick on a pig. Think how really really bad GM numbers would be if same equipment as Tacoma!!!

Just saying, because it is absolutely true Toyota Tacoma absolutely crushes GM mid size. So Hmmmm yourself.
When Ford enters Ranger it will be a smackdown on GM of epic proportions, just like it was,when it was Ranger vs S10.
Just sayin Hmmmmm.

@ DB,

Which one has the lower operating costs, higher resale value, and better sales?

It sure ain't the bankrupt GM Colorado...

Toyota had rear lockers since 1995, what took GM so long?

Toyota had coil sprung front ends since 1995, what took GM so long?

Toyota developed the first in class 4x4 back in 1979, what took GM so long?

Toyota was building their own trucks while Isuzu built GM's for many years, why?

GM went bankrupt, why?

Why did GM stop selling Colorado's for many years?

Rear disc brakes? You realize a Tacoma can nearly match GM's with just drums, what does that tell you?

Front locker? Ever bene off-roading? True off-roaders with IFS tend to keep the front's open and not locked because they will bind and snap, just wait and see.

Diesel? Toyota offers many more diesel's overseas in their small trucks, what took GM so long?

Still the same body style thats right chevy never changes

Oxi, why has Toyota had so many rust rot problems since at least the mid 1980's. Why don't they use better steel that doesn't rot away after a few years? Why is the 2016 Tacoma Consumer Report's least reliable midsize pickup for 2016? Why are so many 3rd gen differentials burning up and failing? Why are so many 3rd gens getting stranded on the highway with dead engines? Why can't Toyota get their automatic transmission to work right? Why are so many 3rd gen AC blowers ripping themselves apart?

Waiting for news about the Ranger?

With all the excitement in the midsize space today, it's hard to imaging any passion remaining for the smaller trucks by the time Ford gets their act together and finally releases the now-ancient T6 in North America.

Whoever was responsible for the mess at Ford trucks ought to be taken out back and whipped. A bunch of college kids could have done better.

@ Blow Chunks

WHEN, WHEN, WHEN! That's all you have for your Ranger, no facts!

Tacoma only crushes in sales! Nothing else.

But you go HMMM yourself. You have no facts you just put down your opinion. HMMMM...clown!

@ Brick, since you do not own one and make vile comments against the Tacoma, you sound like a liberal P O S.

I actually own a 2010 and 2016 Toyota Tacoma, both have no rust problems, both rear ends are solid, no engine problems whatsoever, both have had NO unscheduled maintenance up to now.

So are we supposed to listen to a Toyota H A T E R much like the liberal media that spews out fabrications and H A T R E D all day long or actual owners of Tacoma's like myself?

The answer is pretty obvious, actual owners like myself are the vast majority and we know our shyt when it comes to Toyota trucks.

CR is liberal media bullshyt, they want everybody to drive a Prius, that pretty much sums up their views and of their readers as being hateful liberals.

Nice to know you are so easily manipulated by liberal media.

@ tntgmc
You are way too funny, do you actually hear yourself?
"Tacoma only crushes in sales! Nothing else."

Isn't that's what really counts!! If yours was really better it would sell better.

I don't care about sales you very small minded individual. I care about a great truck. The Tacoma is a very good truck but its living off the reputation of its predecessor. That's why people still buy them!! (Brand loyalist) If they would go and drive the new ZR2 they would see how far better it is then the Tacoma.

Kinda like you Ford Fanboys.....go ride in a Chevy! Will change your mind because Fords new truck rides like crap and it has some of its own vibration issues, just like some the GM trucks! Problem with both manufacturers are that they are trying to shed TOO MUCH weight on a very large vehicle.

Great trucks GM! My 2016 still running no problems with 37,000 miles on it. This truck sure does have the Ford and Toyota girls upset, cause they know its better truck then the same old same old Toyota keeps pooping out, and while the Ford girls know they have nothing for at least two more years.

CR is liberal media bullshyt, they want everybody to drive a Prius, that pretty much sums up their views and of their readers as being hateful liberals.

Posted by: oxi | Oct 19, 2017 9:15:47 AM

They recommend the Tundra, which is the thirstiest half-ton truck on the market. They also determined the 2016 Tacoma was the least reliable midsize truck because of all the reliability issues and poor quality. I don't see how you can think they don't like the Tacoma because they're pro-Prius, yet they recommend the gas guzzling, rusty Tundra.



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