After much fanfare and acclaim, it looks like GM is turning a concept into a reality with the Chevy Colorado ZR2. This concept truck shook up the 2014 LA Auto Show and dominated much of the show’s coverage. With the 2016 LA Auto Show coming in November, it is looking likely the ZR2 could shake things up once again.
The spy photographers put out this statement:
“This is the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, caught in what will become its natural environment, the desert.
“An off-road-oriented variant will be the latest Colorado, one of the surprise hits that’s rejuvenated the midsize pickup segment. Like the concept that was shown in 2014 at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the production ZR2 gets revised front and rear body designs with more aggressive wheel arches and reduced overhangs. There will also be large off-road tires fitted, as well as beefier shocks and suspension components to cope with more rugged terrain.
“Expect the ZR2 to be mated to either the 3.6-liter V-6 gas or the 2.8-liter turbo-diesel engine. Interior revisions are likely to be modest, if not sporty. The ZR2 should appear by the end of the year.”
The ZR2 concept basically eliminates the off-road shortcomings of the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon with their low air-dam, blandish looks (for off-road models) and lackluster wheels/tires. Through in the possibility of it being offered with GM’s baby-Duramax engine and this is one serious competitor to the 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD PRO.
Why the 2016 LA Auto Show? Typically, not always, but typically, we see spy photos a few months prior to an auto show. The timeline is basically this: design, test, debut, production. With the LA Auto Show the next major show on the horizon PLUS California being the largest mid-size truck market in the country, it seems like a no-brainer this truck will make its debut there.