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Old 05-26-2018, 08:28 AM   #1
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Default Here’s What’s New For The 2019 Chevy Colorado

With Chevy Colorado sales tallying roughly 145,000 units per year and the GM Wentzville plant in Missouri running at capacity but still struggling to satisfy Chevy Colorado demand, it’s safe to say that Chevrolet made the right move by returning to the midsize pickup truck space. The entire segment, however, will soon get a prominent new rivals with the 2019 Ford Ranger and upcoming Jeep Scrambler, models that promise to shake things up considerably in the space. To counter, Chevy has a Colorado refresh planned for the 2020 model year (see more on the 2020 Chevy Colorado), but before that happens, the Colorado is getting a long list of minor changes and updates for the 2019 model year – the fifth year of the second-gen model. Here’s what’s new for the 2019 Colorado.

What’s New For Exterior

On the outside, the 2019 Colorado loses four colors while gaining three new ones:

Deletion of Centennial Blue Metallic exterior color

Deletion of Wheatland Yellow exterior color (still available as a special order color for fleets)

Deletion of Deepwood Green Metallic exterior color

Deletion of Graphite Metallic exterior color


Shadow Gray Metallic

Pacific Blue Metallic

Additionally, all Colorado ZR2 models now feature black bowties, and the 18-inch Dark Argent metallic cast aluminum wheels are replaced by a new set with the same size and finish, but with a new design.

What’s New For Interior

Inside, the 2019 Colorado gets all-new infotainment systems: the Chevrolet MyLink units get replaced with Chevrolet Infotainment System units of the same 7- and 8-inch screen size – depending on the trim level. Additionally, the 8-inch units are labeled as “HD color touch-screens”, indicating that they are of a higher quality.

There are also changes to the USB ports: the USB data ports (one located on the instrument panel and another inside the center console) are replaced with one type-A and one type-C USB data ports on the front console. The new USB port configuration also includes an SD Card Reader and an auxiliary input jack.
Continuing with the in-vehicle technology, the 2019 Colorado gets a second in-cabin microphone for the passenger, along with two new safety features. The first is the addition of an HD Rear Vision Camera as standard on LT, Z71 and ZR2 trims. On prior model years, the only Rear Vision Camera was the non-HD version, which remains remains on Base and Work Truck trims.

The second is the addition of Ultrasonic Rear Park Assist, which is available on Work Truck and LT trim levels, and standard on the Z71 trim level. It is not available on the Base or the ZR2 trims.

What’s New For Packages

The 2019 Colorado deletes two packages – the Colorado Centennial Edition and Shoreline Special Edition, while adding equipment to the Luxury and Safety packages.

The Luxury package now includes heated steering wheel and the Safety package now includes Rear Park Assist, both of which are new for the 2019 model year.

What’s New For Powertrain

The 2019 Colorado remains powered by the same three engines as in prior years:

2.5L I-4 LCV gasoline engine mated to the 6-speed manual N8D or 6-speed automatic MYB

3.6L V-6 LGZ gasoline engine mated to the 8-speed automatic M5T

2.8L Duramax LWN turbo-diesel engine mated to the 6-speed automatic MYB

However, the 2019 model year brings about one change: the 2.5L LCV can now be ordered only by fleets on the 4WD Extended Cab models.

And that rounds out what’s new for the 2019 Chevy Colorado. We expect the midsize truck to get refreshed for the 2020 model year – see our expectations about those changes on the 2020 Chevy Colorado page

The Chevrolet Colorado is a mid-size pickup truck. It is currently Chevrolet’s smallest pickup truck in the U.S. and Canada, slotting under the full-size Chevrolet Silverado. In Mexico, the Colorado slots above the compact Chevrolet Montana but below the Silverado/Cheyenne (the name for some of Silverado’s trim levels in Mexico).

The current model was introduced in 2015 and represents the second generation of the Colorado nameplate. The model rides on the GMT-31XX platform shared with the GMC Canyon, as well as the international-market Chevrolet Colorado/S10 and Chevrolet Trailblazer.

The 2018 Chevy Colorado represents the fourth model year of the second-generation Colorado. The vehicle remains highly competitive in its segment, offering two gasoline engines and a diesel motor, which is a segment exclusive. The off-road-specific Colorado ZR2 was launched for the 2017 model year. However, the Colorado family continues to lack various features asked by many present and potential customers, such as a moonroof, a sliding rear window, as well as a range-topping LTZ or High Country trim level.

The 2019 Chevy Colorado represents the the fifth model year of the second-generation Colorado. The vehicle sees new exterior colors, a new 18-inch wheel, black bowties for every ZR2 model. Additionally, the 2019 Colorado gets new set of infotainment systems, Type A and Type C USB ports, an in-cabin microphone for the passenger, a high-def Rear Vision Camera, Rear Park Assist, a heated steering wheel, and 6-way power driver seat on some models.

A midcycle refresh for the 2020 model years is expected to bring revised front and rear styling, as well as possible updates to the interior, and powertrain.

The Chevrolet Colorado is built at the GM Wentzville factory in Missouri operated by GM USA. International versions of the truck are built at the GM Thailand plant in Rayong operated by GM Thailand.
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My guess is they holding out on 2.7 liter turbo until the next gen Ranger Raptor comes to market. That's kind of a sad thing to do...
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My guess is they holding out on 2.7 liter turbo until the next gen Ranger Raptor comes to market. That's kind of a sad thing to do...
I agree. I'd be all about a 2.7 6mt 4wd crew cab stripper model.
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Old 09-26-2018, 07:35 AM   #4
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Colorado ZR2 Bison:

With Chevy having officially announced the Colorado ZR2 Bison, we have been giving wondering who the new off-road truck is for. In other words, who will buy this turn-key off-road truck, and what is its target market?

The obvious answer are hard-core, off-road enthusiasts with a penchant for mid-size pickup trucks (as opposed to full-size trucks), who have a good deal of disposable income and who don’t want to deal with the aftermarket. Another obvious answer are owners of the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro.

A not-so-obvious answer, however, are owners of off-road full-size trucks such as the Ford F-150 Raptor, Toyota Tundra TRD Pro and Ram 1500 TRX.

What Is It?

We lately have been learning a lot about the ZR2 Bison, the purpose built off-road vehicle that seemingly have more chassis armor than a Humvee rolling into a war zone. AEV (American Expedition Vehicles) was selected to outfit the ZR2 with premium aftermarket parts so that the consumer doesn’t have to.

The Colorado ZR2 Bison features the following exclusive features:

A snorkel for deep water forging
Five AEV-designed, specially-made skid plates to protect vital undercarriage organs while driving over rocky, jagged terrain; constructed of hard, durable hot-stamped Boron steel, the skid plates cover the engine oil pan, fuel tank, transfer case and front and rear locking differentials
Larger fender flares
All-new, ZR2 Bison-specific 17 x 8-inch aluminum wheels
AEV-designed stamped steel front and rear bumpers to protect the truck from obstacles
Winch provisions in the front bumper
Standard fog lights
Recovery points integrated into the rear bumper
A flow-through “CHEVROLET” lettered grille
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All that is on top of the equipment in store for the Colorado ZR2, including:
Class-exclusive front and rear locking electronic differentials
Revolutionary, segment-exclusive Multimatic DSSV dampers

Off-road rocker protection

Cast-iron control arms

Autotrac transfer case

It’s also worth noting that the Colorado ZR2 Bison is available with the 2.8L Duramax Turbo Diesel (LWN) engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. As of this writing, no purpose-built, off-road midsize trucks offer a diesel engine from the factory.

Who’s Going To Buy It?
Given its feature set, it’s clear that the ZR2 Bison is geared toward rugged, outdoor enthusiasts and overlanders who spend their weekends in the mountains or just generally traversing rough, rugged terrain that no factory truck or SUV would normally dare to challenge (perhaps with the exception of a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon).

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

The selling point here is that the ZR2 Bison is a turn-key solution for those who enjoy the aforementioned offroading and overlanding activities, have the cash to splurge and don’t want to spend the time building and kitting a truck out themselves.

In addition, AEV is a well-known brand for creating aftermarket off-road parts, and to have their parts on the Colorado ZR2 from the factory, with a factory warranty, is quite a compelling solution… as long as is price is not stratospheric.

However, we also feel like it’s also possible for the ZR2 Bison to attract current owners of the Raptor, Tundra TRD, and Rebel TRX when it comes time to trade or get something new. That’s because those trucks, despite having the “cool” factor, typically aren’t capable of traversing the same kinds of rugged terrain as the ZR2 Bison, which has the capability to back up its tough looks.

In fact, we seldom see any of those full-size models on the tough off-road trails here in the Colorado Rockies, as the full-sizers are oftentimes too big for many trails, which are dominated by Jeep Wranglers. Meanwhile, the ZR2 Bison would be feel right at home on those trails – so perhaps it will also be able to attract some customers from Jeep.

Overall, offering an AEV-kitted truck with major off-road capability from the factory, along with an optional diesel motor and a size just right for overlanding makes the ZR2 Bison a very attractive offering that might just be enough to sway folks away from the competition and into Chevy dealerships.

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Jeepofiles looking at this new competitor. Wonder if you can upgrade older truck with heated steering wheel ?
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Old 12-05-2018, 11:26 PM   #7
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2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison first drive review: An off-road animal

When I hear the word "bison," two things come to mind. Naturally, there's the big, beefy animal. But there's also M. Bison, the final boss in the Super Nintendo game Street Fighter II, who cleaned 8-year-old Jon Wong's clock more times than I care to remember. Either way, "bison" evokes thoughts of strong and tough specimens. Very fitting for this off-road-ready 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison.

Tougher truck

The ZR2 Bison is the most rugged version of Chevy's Colorado, wearing an array of pieces that better prep it for serious trail duty. Chevy didn't develop the parts in-house, either, instead looking to the off-road experts at Wixom, Michigan-based American Expedition Vehicles.

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2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader

The result is five heavy-duty, hot-stamped, boron steel skid plates to shield the radiator, front and rear differentials, transfer case and gas tank from taking damage when crawling over rocks. That's all the better for serious overlanding trips.

A bit more noticeable are the steel bumpers with the front featuring mounting points for a winch. The rear gets integrated recovery points for the times you need pull a stuck compatriot's vehicle out of a mud bog or get tugged out of one yourself. AEV also offers an optional snorkel that's compatible with any Colorado model to provide clean, filtered air to the engine when churning through dust and sand.

Completing the meaner look is a new grille that forgoes the traditional Chevy bowtie for a bolder in-your-face "CHEVROLET" grille, standard fog lights, Bison-specific 17-inch aluminum wheels wrapped with 31-inch Goodyear Wrangler tires and AEV badges. All of that joins the ZR2's tubular rocker protective side rails and wheel flares.

The Bison's exclusive grille and steel bumper gives it a meaner mug.
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Untouched mechanicals

Outside the beefier exterior bits and more substantial underbody armor, the Bison is identical to the regular ZR2. It's available in Extended Cab or Crew Cab forms, powered by a 3.6-liter V6 making 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. This engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that helps the ZR2 return an estimated 18 miles per gallon in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. For an additional $3,500 you can upgrade to a 2.7-liter diesel I4, pumping out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist. A six-speed automatic handles shifting duties here, and the diesel engine's fuel economy matches that of its gasoline equivalent.

The ZR2's chassis carries over largely unchanged, as well, with standard front and rear electronic locking differentials and a 3.42 rear axle. The suspension has a 2-inch lift kit over normal Colorado pickups, with a 3.5-inch wider track, Multimatic spool valve dampers and cast iron control arms.

Off the beaten path

In order to give the Bison a proper workout, Chevy took me to an off-road trail east of Phoenix, Arizona. The truck laughs off the first part of the expedition, easily scurrying up and down the course's hills, across washouts and over the smaller rocks littering the path.

The boron steel skids plates come in handy for rock crawling.
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When it came time to go up and over some big boulders, our guides tell us to activate the four-wheel drive system's low range and lock the rear differential. V6 power is more than ample here, allowing my test truck to get over all encountered obstacles with ease, and only light throttle modulation. I try my best to ease the Bison gently down drops, but the skid plates announce that they are earning their keep on a few occasions with loud screeches.

At no time does it feel like the limits of the ZR2 are approached. Granted, the Arizona trail isn't an extreme Moab run, but it's far from a Sunday drive, too. Overall, the Bison's level of off-road prowess is likely more than the majority of folks will ever truly need.

On the beaten, paved path

On roads leading me back to civilization, the Bison behaves in a truck-like manner. Steering response isn't the quickest, there's controlled body tip around turns and some noise when cruising down the highway, thanks to the meatier tires. It's by no means sloppy and perfectly fine to rock around on a daily basis in relative comfort.

The Bison's infotainment system is on point, but safety tech is lacking.
The interior is of typical sub-par Colorado quality, with large swaths of hard plastic making up the dash and door panels, and intuitively laid out switchgear. There are no frills here. It's just a simple pickup truck interior that should stand up well to regular abuse.

Chevrolet's Infotainment 3 system is housed on an 8-inch touchscreen atop the center stack, controlling navigation, a seven-speaker Bose audio setup, 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot and Bluetooth. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functions are also supported. Hat tip to the ZR2's numerous power points, with a pair of USBs, 12-volt outlet and wireless charge pad up front. Rear passengers have easy access to another two USB ports of their own and a 12-volt outlet on the back of the center console.

Looking for the latest safety tech? You best keep moving. Besides a high-definition backup camera, the Bison's options list doesn't include things like adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring or forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.

You'll be able to go almost anywhere in the Bison.
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Ready for adventure

The Bison is a massively capable off-road midsize pickup, though it isn't the only game in town. The Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro serves as this truck's direct competition, but next year, a new Jeep Gladiator Rubicon will be joining the fray.

When the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison hits dealers in January, it'll be priced at $48,045 for the Extended Cab, including a $995 destination charge. Crew Cab models, meanwhile, will start at $49,645. That's a $5,750 up-charge over the standard ZR2, which may or may not be worth it. If you aren't scaling over rocks on a regular basis, the Bison's added hardware might be overkill.

Editors' note: Travel costs related to this feature were covered by the manufacturer. This is common in the auto industry, as it's far more economical to ship journalists to cars than to ship cars to journalists. While Roadshow accepts multiday vehicle loans from manufacturers in order to provide scored editorial reviews, all scored vehicle reviews are completed on our turf and on our terms.

The judgments and opinions of Roadshow's editorial team are our own and we do not accept paid editorial content.
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Up in the Sierras, I’ve been seeing lots of FJ Cruisers and Tacomas.
Pretty standard I guess.
The beefed up Colorado really stands out, though, when I see one.
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Theres a crapload of Colorado and Canyon up here now. I expect the same from the gladiator and ranger. So many tacomas because not only are they good, but the only choice for so long. Wont be long before we see the HD behemoth, already seeing the new 1/2 ton
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