When I first saw the press release announcing a starting price of $40,995 for a new trim of the Chevy Colorado, I thought, “Well here we go, we’ve entered the era where a $40,000 midsize truck is normal.”
Prices for the Toyota Tacoma can eclipse the $40K mark, and the addition of the Colorado just made the number all the more normal.
Except on closer inspection, there’s nothing normal about this $41,000 Colorado. In fact, you should probably go get one.
The Colorado ZR2 is on par with the likes of the Ford F-150 Raptor and Ram 1500 Rebel, trucks that will cost upwards of $50,000 to drive home. The ZR2, some may argue, might even be the supreme rock crawler of the bunch. There are a couple of reasons for this.
One is a little something called DSSV Dampers. The shocks, which use spool valves instead of pistons, were engineered by Multimatic specifically for use on the new Chevy truck.
When Chevrolet set to engineering the Colorado ZR2, it could have easily tapped industry stalwarts Fox, King, or Bilstein. Instead, it commissioned the engineers at Multimatic, who were behind the revolutionary dampers used on the ’14 Camaro Z/28, to design and build the shock absorbers for the company’s new off-road warrior.
The only other cars on the road with DSSV shocks are the aforementioned Camaro Z/28, Aston Martin One-77, Aston Martin Vulcan, Mercedes AMG GT, and Ford GT. That’s some pretty respectable company and is one of the reasons the Colorado ZR2 is considered such a value.
Another reason is the motor. The new ZR2 has an optional 2.8-liter Duramax turbodiesel I-4 that produces 186 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. It won’t out-run a Raptor in the desert, but it’ll outperform just about anything over rocky terrain.
The base price includes a 3.6-liter 308-hp V6, 4-wheel drive, 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels wrapped in 31-inch Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac tires, new cast iron control arms, an aluminum skidplate, Autotrac transfer case with shield, a unique grille and hood, 3.42 rear axle ratio, 2-inch suspension lift, selectable off-road modes, spray-in bedliner, a spare all-terrain tire, recovery hooks, and more.
Chevy hasn’t told us how much more the diesel option will add, but either way the ZR2 looks like the kind of truck we’d happily spend a weekend driving in Moab.
The 2017 Chevy Colorado ZR2 will be available at dealers this spring.
Which truck is more to your liking, the Ford Raptor or the Chevy Colorado ZR2?