2016 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Review

The adjustments and updates made on the new 2016 Chevrolet
Colorado ZR2  are small, but some of them are considered
to be significant, in the production should enter as the 2017
model year. All in all, no matter the performance and the
features, the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 should be ready for
dirt.

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2016 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Exterior

GM has decided to help its customers in off-road by introducing
plenty of cool upgrades. The 2016 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 will
be taller and wider and it will feature a completely new set of
headlights with Xenon and LED coming as standard. The grille
employs honeycomb mesh along with an aggressive new look.

Both bumpers have been trimmed to provide a better approach and
bigger departure angles. For the sake of increase of ground
clearance, the spare tires have been placed inside the bed. The
vehicle is now equipped with 18” alloy wheels, and the
suspension system has also been upgraded with the King shock
absorbers offering a high ground clearance and a long travel.

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2016 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Interior

As for the interior of the Colorado ZR2, not that much is
known, but it’s expected that a lot of work will be done.

In terms of design, the cabin will mostly stay the same, except
for the seats which will be reworked to provide better support
for the back. The cabin of the base model will be equipped with
all standard extras such as satellite navigation, dual-zone
automatic climate control and leather upholstery.

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Engine specs and performance

The 2016 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 will be using one engine which
will be quite unusual.

The base truck will get a few petrol engines, including the
3.6-liter V-6 with 308 hp and 275 pound-feet of torque, whereas
the ZR2 will get a completely new 2.8-liter inline 4 Duramax
turbo diesel unit which should produce 181 hp and 369
pound-feet of torque.

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Being equipped with this kind of engine, the new Colorado ZR2
will be able to tow more than 5,000 lbs. However, the engine
will get only standard 8-speed automatic gearbox which is
standard for Colorado. Its only advantage is that it’s
user-friendly.

What also comes as standard is the 4-wheel drive system,
accompanied by the lockable differentials in both the front and
the rear.

basic characteristics:

Description Unit
Type     2.8L Duramax diesel
Output     181 HP @ 3.400 RPM
Torque     369 LB-FT @ 2.000 RPM
Transmission    8-speed automatic

At the test drive, the new ZR2 developed acceleration of 0-60
mph in 10 sec, with the maximum speed of around 125 mph.

Price and release date

The vehicle is said to be unveiled in the first quarter of 2017
or near the mid of 2017, and the base price is expected to be
around 30,000 US Dollars.

New Colorado ZR2 finally debuted at the 2016 Los Angeles auto
show, the model will be officially called 2017 Chevrolet
Colorado ZR2. Because of its off-road characteristics will be a
major rival for the Toyota Tacoma and Tundra, as well as a much
bigger Ford F-150 Raptor.