Chevy is proud of its new 2017 Colorado ZR2. The truck is ready for any off road fun, but offers the smooth ride in the city. This truck has everyone excited. The off-road ZR2 trim level will be available this spring. It will start at $40,995 MSRP.
The new Colorado ZR2 is loaded with exclusive features. Off-Road Mode Technology is an amazing feature that lets you pick between Desert, Mud, or Mountain. Plus, the Colorado ZR2 offers a brand new advanced 3.6L V6 engine with eight-speed transmission, in addition to the segment-exclusive Duramax® 2.8L Turbo-Diesel.† But it’s the shocks that has everyone talking. Suspension technology has been revolutionized by the Colorado’s new Multimatic shocks. The engineers at Multimatic were commissioned to build the new shock absorbers for the ZR2. Multimatic were the first to design the Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve (DSSV) damper. They replaced the piston and shims with a spoon valve. Chevy first used the DSSV technology in the 2014 Camaro Z/28. The engineers were excited to design shocks with their DSSV technology on a pickup. The shocks on the ZR2 make for the most comfortable ride on and off road
“ZR2 is truly a segment of one and does everything well — from traversing heavy two-track trails to high-speed desert running and full-on rock crawling. We’re thrilled to be able to offer it for more than $2,500 less than the next closest comparable vehicles.,” said Sandor Piszar, Chevrolet Trucks marketing director. Check out the available features on the ZR2.
Available options on the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 will include:
Class-exclusive 2.8L Duramax Turbo-Diesel engine, paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, capable of 186 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque
Choice of crew- or extended cab configurations (including short and long beds, respectively)
7-speaker Bose premium audio system
Dealer-installed, bed-mounted spare tire carrier
Full-length black vinyl floor (no additional cost — standard interior features leather seats and carpet)
The ZR2’s starting MSRP includes a number of key standard features unique to the trim level, such as:
Class-exclusive front and rear locking electronic differentials
Modified front and rear bumpers for better off-road obstacle clearance
Exclusive ZR2 17 x 8-inch aluminum alloy wheels
31-inch Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac off-road tires
New cast-iron control arms
An aluminum skidplate that protects the radiator and engine oil pan
Autotrac transfer case
Transfer case shield
Aggressive grille and hood combo unique to ZR2
Modified rear axle with a 3.42 ratio
Front and rear tracks widened 3.5 inches over a standard Colorado
Suspension lifted 2 inches over a standard Colorado
Off-Road Mode Technology
4-wheel disc brakes
Other standard features include:
Trailering Package, including trailer hitch and 7-pin connector
Integrated trailer brake controller
Heated driver and passenger front seats
Wireless phone charging
Rear sliding window
EZ Lift and Lower tailgate
A six-speaker audio system with Chevrolet MyLink Radio with Navigation and an 8-inch diagonal color touchscreen, AM/FM stereo with seek-and-scan and a digital clock, Bluetooth streaming audio for music and select phones, voice-activated technology for radio and phone featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability as well as an auxiliary jack
All-terrain spare tire with unique ZR2 wheel
Four USB ports: one on the instrument panel, one in the center console and two in the rear of the center console
Electronic automatic cruise control
Rear window electric defogger
OnStar 4G LTE with built-in Wi-Fi
Rear Vision Camera
Remote keyless entry
Remote vehicle starter system
4-way power front driver and passenger seat adjuster with power driver lumbar control
The fastest-selling truck in the market now offers an available turbo-diesel engine. The 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Duramax diesel takes midsize truck capability and efficiency to unprecedented levels.
With 369 lb-ft of torque (500 Nm) generated by its all-new 2.8L Duramax turbo-diesel, the Colorado’s maximum trailering capacity rises to 7,700 pounds (3,492 kg) on 2WD models, with estimated fuel economy projected to top the already segment-leading efficiency of the gas models.
“The 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Duramax diesel offers drivers capability, efficiency and control in a fun to drive package, allowing more possibilities when exploring on and off the road,” said Tyson Gamblin of Gamblin Motors “Our customers will also appreciate that it is the cleanest diesel truck engine ever produced by GM.”
The new Colorado diesel goes on sale this fall, offered in LT and Z71 Crew Cab models, with 2WD or 4WD. It is priced $3,730 more than a comparably equipped 3.6L V-6 model.
Features included with or exclusive to Colorado diesel models:
Smart diesel exhaust brake system that enhances vehicle control and reduces brake wear on steep grades.
Standard Hydra-Matic 6L50 six-speed automatic transmission matched with a Centrifugal Pendulum Vibration Absorber (CPVA) in the torque converter, which reduces powertrain noise and vibration.
The Z82 trailering package is standard and includes a hitch receiver and seven-pin connector.
An all-new integrated trailer brake controller is standard and exclusive on diesel models.
The G80 automatic locking rear differential is standard.
A 3.42 rear axle ratio is standard.
A new, electronically controlled two-speed transfer case is included on 4WD models.
Maximum trailering rating of 7,700 pounds (3,492 kg) for 2WD models and 7,600 pounds (3,447 kg) for 4WD.
GVWRs of 6,000 pounds (2,721 kg) for 2WD and 6,200 pounds (2,812 kg) for 4WD.
The magazine took both 1-ton Chevrolet and Ford pickups, hooked them to trailers with 18,900-pound loads and accelerated up I-70 in Colorado. Even though the horsepower and torque ratings are similar, in a real word setting the results weren’t even close.
Acceleration: “the Silverado made it through the quarter-mile more than 2 seconds quicker, achieved a top speed that was nearly 10 mph faster, and finished the entire climb more than 2 minutes ahead of the Ford. The Duramax performed significantly better at 11,000 feet of elevation as well pulling the 18,900 lb load at 47 mph, while the Ford slowed to 35 mph. Acceleration Test Winner: Chevrolet Silverado.”
The article continues, “The exhaust brake test brought out similar success for the Duramax and Allison combination. As we began our downhill run, the Ford descended the western slope well but required an average of 14 application’s of the truck’s brake pedal to hold the vehicle speed between 50-60 mph. Going downhill in the Chevy, the driver had far less work to do…. the Chevy only required 1 brake application for the entire 8-mile downhill run. While the difference in hillclimbing between the Chevy and Ford is impressive, the exhaust braking advantage of Silverado is staggering. Exhaust Brake Test Winner: Chevy Silverado HD.”
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