Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Concept is the Diesel Off-Roader of Your Dreams

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A torque beast made to climb rocks.

There’s no doubt that Chevrolet has a hit on its hands with the existing Colorado mid-size pickup. So why not take it to the next level? Presenting the Colorado ZR2 Concept, making its official debut at this year’s LA Auto Show. Yep, the ZR2 nameplate has returned. Power comes from a 2.8-liter turbo Duramax diesel with an estimated 181 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. Chevy points out that this engine features a variable-geometry turbocharger for optimal power and efficiency across the rpm band and a balance shaft for greater smoothness.

Ground clearance and rough terrain are handled with a two-inch lift and integral skid plates. The wider track also helps to enhance stability, while the offroad fascias reduce front and rear overhang and feature integrated, flip-out aluminum tow hooks. The front fascia also has a built-in winch. Chevy says "the design of the ZR2 concept is all about functionality…inspired by the needs for traversing rock-strewn trails, as well as the aesthetics of competition-style vehicles such as pre-runners." Offroad traction is enhanced with electronic-locking front and rear differentials which distribute torque to those beefy offroad tires on custom 18-inch aluminum wheels. Will there soon be a reborn ZR2 production truck? Let's hope so.

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