And it'll be crazier than we first thought.
A few days ago, we learned that Chevrolet had trademarked the name “ZR2 Bison” for a future road-legal vehicle. Based on the still unconfirmed but expected arrival of the Ford Ranger Raptor in the US, we figured Chevrolet was already prepping its mid-size hardcore truck for battle in advance. Turns out we were only partially right. AutoGuide has, once again, learned some nitty-gritty details, this time from a Chevy dealer who attended the recent GM dealer meetings in Las Vegas.
Expected to arrive in showrooms fairly soon, the ZR2 Bison will essentially be a production version of the ZF2 Concept built in partnership with American Expedition Vehicles (AEV). First shown at SEMA 2017, the concept and the production version are said to look nearly identical. The ZR2 Bison package will include, among other things, a new long-travel suspension setup courtesy of Chevy Performance. It will use front and rear jounce shocks, plunging front half-shafts, high-angle upper ball joints, increased stiffness high-angle tie rods and specially-tuned Multimatic DSSV dampers. Tires? How does a set of 35-inch BF GoodrichKM2 Mud-Terrain tires sound? We thought so. What will AEV provide?
For starters, a set of new bumpers, full underbody skid plate protection, high clearance flares and beadlock wheels. Chances are, the concept’s refrigerator, NATO-style fuel cans, aluminum storage cases, and a few other accessories won’t make production. Customers who buy a ZR2 Bison from the dealership are said to only get part of the package; they’ll need to get some other components from AEV. Under the hood, both the 3.6-liter V6 and the 2.8-liter Duramax diesel will be offered, just like in the regular ZR2. Pricing still cannot be confirmed, but given that the ZR2 starts at around $43,000, expect the ZR2 Bison to set you back at least $45,500, while a fully-equipped AEV version will easily hit $50k.