Colorado ZR2 Concept Wows L.A. Auto Show

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It's been a long time since we've seen the ZR2 badge on a Chevrolet (we've even seen concept Silverado ZR2's at SEMA); in fact, the ZR2 debuted more than 20 years ago on the compact S-10 pickup truck as a stylized option package with bigger tires, extra skid plates and plenty of brightly colored stickers. Thankfully, this new Colorado ZR2 looks a bit more serious.

Debuting at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, the Colorado ZR2 Concept — we're told — is strictly here to gauge interest from showgoers. From what we've seen, it's a dedicated off-road package slotting in above the rather tame Z71 trim. The ZR2 is aimed at helping Chevy bolster its tough-truck credibility.

The concept starts with all-new race-inspired monotube shocks and springs to give the truck about 2 inches of lift and allow for taller, more aggressive tires. The front end's design allows for much better approach angles to protect the vehicle from rock damage; however, just in case anything should happen, this ZR2 package also includes a pair of foldable tow hooks and an integrated bumper-mounted winch.

In the bed of the ZR2 is a floor-mounted full-size spare tire and emergency jack as well as an optional bed divider (through GM Accessories). The rear bumper has been modified to allow for better departure angles; it also incorporates a pair of integrated aluminum tow hooks.

This concept truck has the baby Duramax under the hood — the same engine that will be available for the Colorado later next year. The 2.8-liter inline-four turbo-diesel is expected to produce about 181 horsepower and 369 pounds-feet of torque. If our calculations are correct, this will likely make the Colorado the most fuel-efficient pickup truck in the U.S. The ZR2 concept mates the Duramax with a six-speed automatic transmission, but we're guessing buyers will pressure GM to put a manual in this little trail explorer as well. Let's hope this ZR2 concept does not end the same way the global Colorado Rally concept ended--by disappearing after so much fanfare.

Look for more details from our walk-around video, coming soon.

To read the full press release, click here.

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Comments

Truck of the year you think? Wow, I guess you forgot Ford has something new out, and they didn't just put a pickup bed on a blazer like GM has here.

Seems to me the 2.8 got less mileage in a lighter Jeep than Ram 3.0 L?

I'm trying to like diesel, but with diesel being now almost a dollar more, no thanks.

Big Al said it would get cheaper, waiting on that.

Atleast if you tow with diesel, you get good mileage, unlike Fords 2.7 towing mileage, that'll be a good joke!

We are still waiting for Ford to release those mileage numbers, did we hear that they would be out like a week ago?

I could see Lou in BC getting one of these in a crew cab maybe if his big dogs got traded in for Pomeranians, otherwise you can't compare this Colorado crew cab to any Ford GM or Ram or Toyota crew cab. At best you could compare this Colorado/canyon crew cab to a Ram Quad cab or a Tundra double cab, no thanks!

It does look like it would be a fun truck for somebody who needs just a fun truck, but not one that'll actually do much work. I think they kind of overdid the hood, but GM tends to do stuff like that.

Its all about cost with the diesel.

IF the engine and truck are affordable.

IF the price of diesel fuel is affordable.

IF you own/work/drive the truck long/hard enough. Think 10+ years 250+K.

IF it gets over 30MPG.

This will make sense just as it does across the whole rest of the world.

This can ONLY work because they DIDNT cram a 3.5ish V6 200+HP diesel in there.

IF it doesn't meet all those criteria its just a niche toy mostly for the kids and old and the rest of us are better off with light duty full size half tons.

@ axle

A few years ago I used to drive a regular cab Sierra with a 4.3 (NON-ecotec3 version) , I know it's a dinosaur of an engine but I liked it, it was a torquey, simple little motor that moved that truck around pretty decently, but with MPGs comparable to V8s (if not worse).

Now, that motor had 190-hp/260-lbs tq, this 2.8 diesel has 181-hp/369-lb tq, down 9 horses but UP 109-ft lbs of torque and with an expected ~30+mpg, that's not bad. I think the power will be appropriate. Lord willing, we'll find out when they come out.

"Your statistics are off. The N/A 3.7 V6 in the F-150 has a take rate of about 10%, with the EB 3.5 V6 at 47%. And the power of the N/A 3.7 V6 is a shade over 300 hp, not 200." -- Posted by: ColoradoFX4 | Nov 20, 2014 11:28:40 AM

Ok, I'll accept all of that. The 5.0 EFI under the hood of my 1990 F-150 was only rated at 180hp and was one of the more popular engines of its day. I still have to ask why people are demanding 350+ hp today for what is intended as a light-duty truck?

Yes, I also accept the correction on the number of n.a. V6s vs EcoBoost V6s, but the combined number still well exceeds 50% of all F-150 sales, meaning huge horsepower really isn't as critical as many here want to claim. Yes, I realize that many need it in real working environments, but the vast majority simply don't need that much power.

"Its all about cost with the diesel.

* IF the engine and truck are affordable.
* IF the price of diesel fuel is affordable.
* IF you own/work/drive the truck long/hard enough. Think 10+ years 250+K.
* IF it gets over 30MPG.

This will make sense just as it does across the whole rest of the world.
This can ONLY work because they DIDNT cram a 3.5ish V6 200+HP diesel in there.

IF it doesn't meet all those criteria its just a niche toy mostly for the kids and old and the rest of us are better off with light duty full size half tons." -- Posted by: Clint | Nov 20, 2014 4:38:39 PM

That's a lot of assumptions, Clint.

* Think TDI Jetta
* Diesel price has dropped nearly a full dollar from its high only six months ago. While it's still higher than gasoline, where I live it's only about 30¢ more expensive, not a full dollar. Not even close.
* Somehow the TDI itself seems more reliable than any other part of the Volkswagen and owners tend to hang onto them well over 10 years with high mileages. Your assumption suggests that people who buy the ZR2 will be disappointed from the outset. THOSE kinds of people wouldn't buy it in the first place. I'm not buying simply because it is STILL too big!
* The odds are high that a small diesel in a much more aerodynamic truck will easily exceed 30mpg--especially since it is also 1,000 pounds lighter than the full-sized "equivalent". While I agree it may only be a matter of perception, the increased mileage with better hauling/towing performance over the stock V6 could well have their owners loving them more than any previously-owned model.

And in my own personal opinion, I think the Colorado will have a much bigger effect on the full-size market than you want to believe. Considering that it is no smaller than now 20+ year-old full sized trucks, I think they'll be far more popular.

Hell yeah build it. But also put the ZR2 package in the Canyon

Make the. Duramax youselfs there GM (American made!!!) and give it more power. Like 250 hp

This ZR2 will be my next truck if they build it just as shown. It has everything that my '03 ZR2 has had added to it and if it comes as shown then a higher price is woth it to get OEM warranties and financing and have only 1 payment instead of a bunch of credit card bills for aftermarket add ons. If it comes out half baked why bother.

I'm pretty much sold on this truck...to the experts out there what will be it's best and worst qualities?

I will be waiting for truck at the dealer. Hopefully they allow pre orders.

Im totally in love with this truck, the body lines and offroad style is on point👌. If this truck becomes an available package i will drive down to the dealer and purchase one 💯. Im also interested in possible performance options, any diesel junkie knows as soon as you add more air, fuel, and better exhaust flow to a diesel they come alive!

I love the way this truck looks. ive been hoping for another small pickup with off-road capabilities in mind. from what ive seen and heard about this concept, the only thing ill need to add is a light bar. please chevy, build this concept. PLEASE!!!!

I love the way this truck looks. ive been hoping for another small pickup with off-road capabilities in mind. from what ive seen and heard about this concept, the only thing ill need to add is a light bar. please chevy, build this concept. PLEASE!!!!

I we like information about the ZR2COLORADO truck

2016... and I am still hoping for this to hit the lots. I want one!



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