The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 is currently making its way to dealerships across the country so it comes as little surprise the automaker is promoting the truck by taking a look back at its development.
In a newly released clip, Chevrolet shows the Colorado ZR2 being put through a “desert torture test” at the Yuma Proving Grounds in Arizona. After catching some air on the course’s numerous jumps, the video takes us to Silver Lake for a “deep sand evaluation” at Michigan’s premier sand dunes.
Previewed by the Colorado ZR2 concept, the production model starts at $40,995 and features an aggressive exterior complete with off-road bumpers, extended fender flares, and a ventilated hood. The truck also boasts 17-inch aluminum wheels with 31-inch Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac off-road tires.
To ensure the Colorado ZR2 can tackle tough terrain, engineers installed a 2-inch suspension lift and front / rear electronic locking differentials. Buyers will also find an aluminum skid plate and Multimatic Dynamic Suspensions Spool Valve dampers.
Power is provided by a 3.6-liter V6 engine which produces 308 hp (312 PS) and 275 lb-ft (372 Nm) of torque. It is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission and a standard four-wheel drive system.
Customers will also have the option of ordering a 2.8-liter Duramax diesel engine with 186 hp (188 PS) and 369 lb-ft (500 Nm) of torque. It’s backed up by a six-speed automatic transmission and standard four-wheel drive.