2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison Photo Gallery: Ready to Rock

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We had our first chance to take a closeup look at the new 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison at the 2018 State Fair or Texas and we're impressed.

The new Bison trim package, the result of grouping specially designed off-road equipment by aftermarket manufacturer American Expedition Vehicles, gives the ZR2 a more aggressive, adventure-oriented look with unique wheels, custom front and rear bumpers, an extra-large underbody skid plate and several other optional features to help the vehicle light up the darkest night or help with backcountry deep-water stream crossings.

Here's a closer look at what the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison has to offer.

Cars.com photos by Christian Lantry

 

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Comments

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Second!!!

This is gonna be a game changer just like the 2019 Silverado!!!

This is gonna be a game changer just like the 2019........dang it!! You beat me again!!!

As much as I'm supporting GM's offroader, that interior looks like Mom's CUV. An offroader (Frontier, Tacoma, 4Runner, Jeep) has a stick shift, or at least offers a stick to buyers who so desire.

Sadly the GM twins only offer manual trans with automatics unless we consider the base model 4 cylinder unicorn that nobody has on dealer lots. Ditto for the new Ranger.

[edit] Sadly the GM twins only offers automatic shift unless we consider the base model

More like a lumbering Water Buffalo...

I'll wait for the Ranger Raptor.

"This is gonna be a game changer just like the 2019 Silverado!!"

Yep--this is where they fall behind...and lose! Hahahahahaha!!!!!!!!

I'll wait for the Ranger Raptor.


Posted by: redbloodedxy | Oct 16, 2018 10:01:43 AM


FORD fans are soooo patient. Bless their hearts.

Interesting add-ons. But man that interior and dash is dated and looks like a 10 year old car.

I like it but did GM have to go outside to build this? No disrespect to AEV, I know who they are, but why go outside? Do something in-house, this gives the feel it could be done from a catalog.

Grille is cool! Wonder what it would look like in a grey or silver?

Maybe have the bar silver or black and the grid or mesh an opposing color.

The Ford fans can keep WAITING and WAITING. Eventually the sedan based Ranger Raptor will show up in 2021...maybe..


Great job GM. Excellent looking truck. Way to keep improving on an already capable on and off road truck! Everyone I have spoken to who ones a ZR2 loves the truck, even as a daily driver!

Bolt on doo dads and gadgets only a few people will ever really use - poser paint. Not being critical of the brand, that goes for any truck with the JC Wintey catalog treatment.
If they installed real upgrades to drivetrain/suspension then it’s something...

This is the truck that jumps out of the sand box and breaks away from the pack.

Can you say, Raptor recovery vehicle.

I wonder what will happen if you Jump this truck at the same speed as the Raptor.

Can you say....."Broke in half."

This truck is neat when you off-road at 15mph and below.

Game changer?? Where's the spare? Oh thats right, taking up half the already tiny bed im guessing.

"Grille is cool! Wonder what it would look like in a grey or silver?" ---- Posted by: Old GM Guy

--Boring. That's what it would look like in grey or silver.

Who comes up with these names.

This truck is neat when you off-road at 15mph and below.


Posted by: Frank | Oct 16, 2018 1:12:15 PM

Interesting..........https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=tfrDRCHjzQk......o.k. I've seen enough, bring in the Bison.


Interesting..........https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=tfrDRCHjzQk......o.k. I've seen enough, bring in the Bison.

Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Oct 16, 2018 3:27:14 PM

Have you ever seen a truck go thru mud in 2WD? What's your point? Nothing, as usual, you're useless.

@ Frank

Would you and Chris like to go on a date with me? hehehehe

Have you ever seen a truck go thru mud in 2WD? What's your point? Nothing, as usual, you're useless.

Posted by: Frank | Oct 16, 2018 4:58:44 PM
The Craptor is unable to go through anything other than sand in 2 or 4 wheel drive. It's called a desert runner because it can only go through sand. Not a very good off road vehicle.

Cannot do much rock crawling with those rear shock mounts hanging so low and exposed like that...

Have you ever seen a truck go thru mud in 2WD? What's your point? Nothing, as usual, you're useless.


Posted by: Frank | Oct 16, 2018 4:58:44 PM

We all know how unreliable Ford's plastic gear front diff is. Looks like another customer got skrewed.

@ GMSRGREAT

That Raptor has no business in the mud. It better stay on pavement where it won't break it plastic 4 wheel drive components.

The Craptor was in 4 wheel drive. At 2:05 you can see the front wheel spinning in reverse. Problem is the Craptor needs a locking front diff. Has lots of other gadgets but the important ones.

Maybe it's hung up on the shock mounts. LOL

Trucks like the Bison, the Tacoma TRD and Ram Rebel should be placed in a class called RRV's. Raptor Recovery Vehicles. HAHAHA!

Wonder if AEV fixed the spontaneous deploying airbags for Chevy? Or will Chevy stay the course and just tell owners to pull fuses or pay for the repair themselves because of misusing them by taking them off road?? Hmmmm

We all know how unreliable Ford's plastic gear front diff is. Looks like another customer got skrewed.


Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Oct 16, 2018 6:08:35 PM

Could you please elaborate a little? I see all these post about Ford's plastic 4x4 system. I had an 05' F-150 4x4, only issue was exhaust manifold studs broke causing leak and about 14mpg sucked. Bought it with 22k in 2006 and had 142,000 trouble free when I traded it on my 13' Ram in 2014. Was a very good truck. I'm not as brand loyal as most and I get tired of all the fabricated "facts" on this site.

@Hoodwink Harry,

GM has warned owners of the ZR2 not to off-road the vehicle as an airbag might blow.

You hear that princesses??? Keep your truck where it belongs on pavement only, just don't hit a pothole.

There is a Holden Off Road Colorado unfortunately has not made it more desirable
https://www.carsguide.com.au/adventure/holden-colorado-z71-xtreme-71009

Why the gaudy cheap looking silver part on the front bumper? Black to match the other parts of the front bumper would be better looking IMO.

@ Robert Ryan

Nice looking holden truck from the article. A lot of money though! Makes me wonder why they didnt add a winch to this BISON package. Would have been a nice addition

Enjoyed looking at Mr Ryan's video/article about the Holden

The author said the brake pedal felt soft which makes me wonder how much of that sensation can be due to the brake pads not being properly broken in.

I'd be interested in hearing from Vulpine about his Colorado's brakes.

"The author said the brake pedal felt soft which makes me wonder how much of that sensation can be due to the brake pads not being properly broken in.

I'd be interested in hearing from Vulpine about his Colorado's brakes." ---- Posted by: papajim


I think the feel of the brakes has much to do with what you're used to as compared to the vehicle under test. I have to state first of all that I absolutely loved the feel of the brakes on my 2008 Jeep Wrangler... I'd never felt brakes that came on so smoothly... they didn't just 'catch' as you pressed on them, it was a smooth, gradual application that prevented nose-dive on all but the most extreme of pedal pressure. My wife's Jeep Renegade are similar.

For the Colorado Z71, they feel slightly different but they're still smooth and very balanced... as you press harder on the pedal, you will feel the G-force pushing you forward in your seat. But there's little of that 'stabbing' sensation that seemed so common with older cars and trucks... especially Fords. Ford's brakes used to be far too sensitive to braking pressure... almost standing the vehicle on its nose under the lightest of initial pressure. Granted that was decades ago but even more recent Ford vehicles I've driven felt too 'touchy' to me. Again, by comparison, the Colorado's are smooth under light pressure and come on very predictably--no sudden grabbing--under increased pressure. But if you have to stab 'em... you'll definitely know they're there.

I'm not as brand loyal as most and I get tired of all the fabricated "facts" on this site.


Posted by: RamRod | Oct 17, 2018 11:35:42 AM

In actuality, there is no plastic gear. The F-150 has plastic actuators that engage the front hubs. It's a source of inoperative 4x4 often accompanied with clicking noise from the front axle.

Papajim and TNTGMC
Tthe Colorado has pretty well sliiped off the radar screen. It is well below the HiLux Ranger Triton and even Navara in sales

"Tthe Colorado has pretty well sliiped off the radar screen. It is well below the HiLux Ranger Triton and even Navara in sales" ---- Posted by: Robert Ryan

I'm not going to refute what you claim, Robert, but I'm not one to buy what is most popular. Instead, I choose what best fits my needs and desires. That's why I chose the Colorado over all the others. None of the current crop of mid-sizers is perfect, not even the Toyota; they all have their drawbacks and the Toyota, specifically has proven itself only marginal for a taller, larger, driver. Most of the others have the same issue.

I have to admit these huge center consoles on pickup trucks, while convenient, have tended to make even the biggest truck feel somewhat cramped behind the wheel. Yes, I still feel like a minnow in a lake when driving a full-sized truck but when compared to the 1990 F-150 I had which carried no console of any kind, the cockpit was almost claustrophobic. Bigger is not always better. A narrower console, perhaps capable of easy conversion to a jump seat for an extra passenger, to me makes much more sense than the 'office on wheels' so many of today's trucks have become.



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