Chevy Dealers Snap Up All 2019 Colorado ZR2 Bisons – And They’re Flying Off Lots

The Colorado ZR2 Bison may be the most expensive version of Chevrolet’s mid-size truck currently sold, but that hasn’t stopped dealerships across the United States snapping up the vehicle for 2019.

Speaking with GM Authority, Chevrolet truck marketing director Sandor Piszar revealed that General Motors and American Expedition Vehicles, the company responsible for fitting the ZR2 Bison with its off-road parts, only allocated 2,000 units for the 2019 model year.

Priced from $48,045, one may have thought Chevy would struggle to find buyers. That’s clearly not the case.

According to Piszar, dealerships have secured all production of the Colorado ZR2 Bison for the year, though that doesn’t mean that it’s already sold out. Speaking to CNET, Chevrolet spokesman Monte Doran said that customers “should still be able to find one of the trucks if they’re able to contact a dealer that has ordered a Bison but hasn’t yet sold it to a customer”. But they’d better hurry, as Doran says they “are selling almost as soon as they hit the showroom,” averaging 10 days on dealer lots.

However, even if you end up missing out this year, the model will also be produced through the 2020MY – although that obviously means you’ll have to face a long wait.

The Colorado ZR2 Bison comes loaded with a serious range of parts that ensure it’s ready for even the most difficult terrain. These include front and rear locking differentials, Multimatic dampers, new skid plates, flared arches, and stamped steel bumpers that can support a winch. Additionally, the Bison rides on bespoke 17-inch wheels with 31-inch Goodyear Wrangler Duratec off-road tires.

Customers have two engines to choose from: a 3.6-liter gasoline V6 or a 2.8-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder. The former pumps out 308 hp and 275 lb-ft (372 Nm) of torque while the diesel makes do with 186 hp but does have 369 lb-ft (500 Nm) of torque. The V6 comes with an eight-speed auto ‘box, while the diesel has to make do with a six-speed unit.

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  • Bash

    But it’s real ugly, and those head lights looks like they belong to a grand Cherokee.

    • kachuks

      And the bumper on a Wrangler.

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  • JohnCarscoop

    #Michgo – nothing to do with cutting comments because you’re criticizing; it’s the automatic spam detection that sends some comments for moderation

  • jim parker

    Brad Anderson’s comments panned the Bison for “only” having a six-speed with the diesel engine option.

    Perhaps Anderson is forgetting that a standard two-speed transfer case (4wd) means the truck in reality has 12 forward gears—six high, six low. So, considering that arrangement is packaged along with a torquey diesel, isn’t that enough?

  • Mike anonymous

    So we’re just not going to talk about this?. MICHGO types in ALL CAPS (because that’s his ‘thing’) and everyone looses it: “Are you key caps broken?”, “fix your key caps”, “why are you yelling Michgo?”. But when he actually types without the caps on, no-one makes a peep?


      • Mike anonymous

        Haha thank you for the compliment. I suppose I didn’t recognize the ‘copy, paste,’ because I haven’t had a comment “pending approval” in a while.

        (If I ever do it’s usually for a completely ridiculous reason).

    • Six Thousand Times

      Just a quote copied and pasted. You haven’t caught him yet. Half-credit, though for a good catch.

  • Dave Johnstone

    Would consider a ZR2 if Chevy put full size seats in the truck, and upgraded the very cheap looking interior. At $50k, they need to stop being so greedy and go much further with upgrades. A heated steering wheel is a start for MY’19, but look at the top trim RAM for design inspiration. Current Colorado/Canyon interior design is so 80’s plasticky Playschool, with tiny seats. The sad thing is that the only way that GM will even consider making these kinds of upgrades is if the competition beats them to it first. That’s the GM way, be mediocre until you start losing market share. Then wonder why you don’t lead at anything

  • SteersUright

    Very cool truck but at close price to Raptor and with the world’s chintziest, 1990’s GM interior, not worth it. Wait until depreciation hits hard, then get one used.

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