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    GM Reveals 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison

    Chevrolet Unveils the Colorado ZR2 Bison
    Factory steel bumpers, Boron-steel skid plates make Bison ready for off-the-grid adventures
    General Motors

    September 6, 2018


    DETROIT — The Colorado ZR2 Bison joins Chevrolet’s midsize truck lineup as an all-new performance variant. Bison is Chevy’s first collaboration with American Expedition Vehicles (AEV), a premium off-road aftermarket manufacturer.

    Through constant innovation, Chevy has gained more than a quarter of all midsize truck sales in less than four years in the marketplace. In consecutive years, Colorado introduced the segment’s first diesel engine (excludes other GM vehicles), an all-new V-6 gas engine/eight-speed transmission combo, the ZR2 “segment of one” off-roader and now the Bison.

    For maximum protection of key undercarriage elements while driving over rocky, jagged terrain, Bison features five skid plates covering the engine oil pan, fuel tank, transfer case and front and rear locking differentials. Designed by AEV, these skid plates are constructed of hard, durable hot-stamped Boron steel.

    AEV-designed stamped steel front and rear bumpers further shield the truck from obstacles. The front bumper contains winch provisions and standard fog lights, with recovery points integrated into the rear bumper.

    “More and more enthusiasts are discovering that Colorado is ideal for off-roading, especially overland travel,” said Sandor Piszar, director of Marketing, Chevrolet Truck.

    “The Colorado Z71 offers a full suite of off-road equipment, the maneuverability of a midsize truck and the driving range of a class-exclusive diesel engine. The Colorado ZR2 offers even greater off-road capability with class-exclusive front and rear locking differentials and Multimatic DSSVTM dampers. And now, Bison offers customers an even more extreme turnkey off-road truck ready to tackle your next adventure.”

    An exclusive, flow-through “CHEVROLET” lettered grille replaces the traditional bowtie on Bison’s front end. The 31-inch Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac off-road tires sit beneath larger fender flares and wrap all-new, ZR2 Bison-specific 17 x 8-inch aluminum wheels.

    This new Colorado variant also features “Bison” decals on the bed sides, an “AEV Bison” logo on the tailgate and embroidered AEV logo floor liners and front head restraints.

    “We’ve been following Colorado since its introduction, and the ZR2 really captured our attention,” said Dave Harriton, founder and president of AEV. “As this is the first Chevrolet vehicle we’ve given the AEV treatment to, we wanted to do something special with the industry’s first use of hot-stamped Boron steel. We also expect that Colorado drivers will love the added ruggedness of our front and rear bumpers on ZR2 Bison.”

    The ZR2 Bison also duplicates the full equipment list of the Colorado ZR2, including, but not limited to:

    • Class-exclusive front and rear locking electronic differentials.
    • Revolutionary, segment-exclusive Multimatic DSSVTM dampers.
    • Off-road rocker protection.
    • Cast-iron control arms.
    • Autotrac transfer case.


    Like ZR2, Bison also features a modified rear axle with a 3.42 ratio, front and rear tracks widened by 3.5 inches and a factory suspension lifted 2 inches over a Colorado Z71.

    Available options on Bison include:

    • 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).


    Customers will also be able to purchase an available third-party accessory snorkel for ZR2 Bison from AEV, ideal for air filtration while driving on dusty trails. This feature is compatible with all Colorado pickup variants.

    The 2019 Colorado ZR2 Bison goes on sale in January 2019, modified for extreme off-road use and backed by a full factory limited warranty.

















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    Re: GM Reveals 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison

    looks like a bare minimum stickers package. No power bump...

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    Re: GM Reveals 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison

    Still on the stock 31" tires. An AEV rep on the ZR2 FB page mentioned GM wouldn't allow taller tires.

    AEV will be offering their own upgrades so it can supposedly run up to 35s.

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    Re: GM Reveals 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison

    Drop dead killer mothertrucker right there.

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    Re: GM Reveals 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison

    Still odd to see a truck of this design with only an 8.9" ground clearance. Those rear shock mounts are an issue...
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    Re: GM Reveals 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison

    Pretty sweet! My only concern is the price tag, AEV stuff is EXPENSIVE!

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    Re: GM Reveals 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison

    Quote Originally Posted by Z Fury View Post
    Still odd to see a truck of this design with only an 8.9" ground clearance. Those rear shock mounts are an issue...
    I have seen tons of videos that bring them up as an 'issue' especially the girly videos from Edmunds, however, I have not seen any evidence where the truck was stuck because of they got caught up in something

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    Re: GM Reveals 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison

    Quote Originally Posted by mbukukanyau View Post
    looks like a bare minimum stickers package. No power bump...
    The breather and rock rails are really nice upgrades for an already capable truck.

    Quote Originally Posted by Z Fury View Post
    Still odd to see a truck of this design with only an 8.9" ground clearance.
    It's a factory vehicle, they try to keep the center of gravity as low as possible for legal reasons (the same reason the Raptor sits low). Taller lift kits for bigger tires and more ground clearance are an aftermarket thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RamJet502 View Post
    Pretty sweet! My only concern is the price tag, AEV stuff is EXPENSIVE!
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    Big $ toy.

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    Re: GM Reveals 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison

    That's pretty cool. I wonder what the pricing will be. 2019 Build and Price is now up at chevy.com.
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    Re: GM Reveals 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison

    It is certainly more than a sticker package, but I would have liked to see a power bump as well. Even if it was small tune increase. A diesel ZR2 moderately loaded is around 50k. I bet this package will add 5-7K on top of that. It is going to be an expensive little pickup.
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    Re: GM Reveals 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison

    Quote Originally Posted by mbukukanyau View Post
    I have seen tons of videos that bring them up as an 'issue' especially the girly videos from Edmunds, however, I have not seen any evidence where the truck was stuck because of they got caught up in something
    Stuck, no. But I've seen a couple YouTube videos of busted shock mounts. Granted that can happen on any vehicle, so probably a moot point, but how many off-road oriented trucks/SUVs have the lower shock mount being the lowest point on the vehicle?
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    Re: GM Reveals 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison

    For those with the cash and an inflated sense of self, this is a "gotta have it" vehicle, (complete with snorkel) most of which will never see so much as a gravel road.

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    Re: GM Reveals 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison

    Quote Originally Posted by RamJet502 View Post
    Pretty sweet! My only concern is the price tag, AEV stuff is EXPENSIVE!
    On an already pricey truck, no-less..............
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    Re: GM Reveals 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison

    Quote Originally Posted by Ed753 View Post
    On an already pricey truck, no-less..............
    Yep.

    I do quite like the concept, and it's a good idea given the rapid growth of Overland style rigs, but yeah... the Colorado isn't a cheap date anyways, then throw expensive parts on it that don't totally set it apart enough to warrant the price tag. A lot of these guys are DIYers anyways which is kind of needed in such an expensive hobby, so we will see.
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