There’s no denying the Ford F-150 Raptor is a cool truck. However, it’s $60,000-plus price point is simply out of reach for most buyers, and to be perfectly honest, in many off-road scenarios, a smaller size is an advantage. That’s where Chevrolet has swooped into the white space with the Colorado ZR2. The easy initial comparisons are to the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro, but based on what we’ve seen, the ZR2 is a level above the Taco in terms of technology, innovation, and capability. Chevrolet put together this minute and a half highlight reel of some of the ZR2’s upgrades that make it ready to rumble in the sand, desert trails, or rocks. Among some of the specialized hardware for the ZR2 includes a track widened 3.5 inches, iron front-lower control arms, and of course, the Multimatic DSSV spool-valve dampers.
General Motors has a vast proving grounds area in Yuma, Arizona, the perfect place to test the ZR2 in hot, dusty conditions. In the video, the ZR2 goes over a series of whoops on the trail, plows through sand in Michigan’s Silver Lake dunes, with the truck drifting on what appears to be a gravel driveway, with the caption “Straight Across the Desert…Straight Home.” The ZR2 has started shipping to dealers now, so if you want to get your hands on one, they’re ready to put your name on the list for what promises to be one of the hottest factory 4x4 trucks of the year.
In a second video, Chevrolet shows the ZR2 tackling the narrow, technical trails of the Badlands Off-Road Park in Attica, Indiana, highlighting the benefits of the smaller size of the Colorado relative to fullsize trucks. We see the benefits of the ZR2's trimmer size as well, and can't wait to put it head-to-head with its rivals. The third video takes to the rocks, showing how the Colorado's impressive four-wheel-drive system and locking differentials keep it moving in all terrain.
Source: Chevrolet via YouTube