The leather-lined luxo trucks of today are a far cry from what pickup trucks used to be; hard-working tools designed to get the job done with little in the way of creature comforts. Well, Chevrolet has just announced it is now offering a workin’ man’s edition to the 2015 Colorado midsize truck. The new box delete option does what its name promises by removing the pickup box in order for customers to install the utility box or flat bed of their choice.

Aimed directly at fleet buyers such as local governments, utility companies, or contractors, the truck offers free reign over how the rear frame rails are used. Chevy’s box delete option code is ZW9 and only available with the Work Truck trim level on extended cab Colorados fitted with the 3.6-liter V-6 engine and 2WD.

Checking the ZW9 option box adds a few work-relate items to the truck, along with a $300 credit off the truck’s MSRP. While it might not be glamorous, the Colorado ZW9 is ready for work, no matter what aftermarket additions are attached to the frame.

Continue reading to learn more about the Chevrolet Colorado Box Delete Package.

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Things on the outside are all normal – at least from the rear of the extended cab forward. The truck comes with the standard WT trim level fanfare, including black door handles, mirror caps, and fog lamp delete panels. Six-spoke steel wheels sized at 16 inches are wrapped in all-season rubber. The truck does sport a flashy chrome grille with black inserts for a dressy appearance. And since the ZW9 is available only of 2WD trucks, the front tow hooks are missing and their slots covered by plastic.

Around back is where the difference is seen. The entire bed and rear bumper assembly is completely removed. Chevy includes a pair of temporary taillights attached to the frame rails to pass inspection. They’re easily unbolted to make room for an aftermarket bed system. Included in the ZW9 package is the Z82 trailering package, which includes the two-inch hitch receiver and the seven- and four-pin trailer wiring connections.


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Shown with available rear seat delete
Within the cab of the Colorado, everything is just as it would normally be. The WT trim level gives the truck a fairly spartan cab, though it comes standard with power windows and locks, power mirrors, air conditioning, carpeted flooring, and the 4.2-inch color radio display. Options include vinyl or cloth coverings on the bucket seats, vinyl floor coverings, the rear seat delete package for extra storage space, all-weather floor mats, keyless entry, OnStar with the 4G LTE Wi-Fi, and the upgraded 4.2-inch MyLink radio system.


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Chevy has eliminated the base 2.5-liter four-cylinder from the ZW9 package, leaving only the 3.6-liter V-6 as the standard engine. The mill produces 305 horsepower at 6,800 rpm and 269 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm and is mated to the Hyrda-Matic six-speed automatic transmission. Strangely, rear-wheel drive is the only option with the ZW9 package. It seems Chevy doesn’t think contractors with utility boxes need the option of 4WD. Thankfully the G80 automatic locking rear differential comes standard courtesy of the also-standard Z82 trailering package.

Unladen, the V-6 Colorado earns an EPA-estimated 17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway. It comes equipped with a 21-gallon fuel tank.


The Extended Cab, Long Box Colorado in WT trim starts at $22,650. Add the required 3.6-liter V-6 and Z82 trailering package, and the base price moves to the neighborhood of $24,800.


Toyota Tacoma

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The Tacoma has long been a favorite of contractors, utility companies, and businesses who operate in cramped quarters or who simply carry less gear. With Toyota’s Access Cab selected – the Extended Cab’s direct competitor – the Tacoma has a base price of $21,850. That includes the 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine and five-speed manual in 2WD.

The Tacoma does offer two choices of ride heights with 2WD; the standard is lowered and the 4x2 PreRunner comes with the stance of a 4WD. Only one bed length is offered however, and Toyota doesn’t offer a bed delete option from the factory.

Chevrolet Silverado

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“Why are you comparing the midsize Colorado to the full size Silverado?” Hear me out. For roughly $2,000 more, you’re able to spec a single cab Silverado long box with the optional 5.3-liter V-8. That brings 355 horsepower and another 200 pounds of towing capability, plus another 27 inches in interior bed length. For those who must sacrifice size for cargo volume, the Silverado is the way to go. What’s more, the availability of aftermarket utility beds are likely greater for the already-established full size truck.


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The ZW9 package adds a ton of versatility to the 2015 Colorado, allowing it to perform work it otherwise couldn’t do. Granted, it’s possible to simply remove the cargo bed from any pickup and install an aftermarket utility box or flatbed, but this package helps cut cost.

That back-door solution is necessary if you’re needing 4WD or the extra space of the Crew Cab, or simply want to settle for the four-cylinder and manual transmission. But regardless, it’s nice to know Chevy is looking out for the hard-working types who need the extra function of an aftermarket bed solution.

  • Leave it
    • * Only comes in one cab/engine/drive configuration
    • * Still pretty expensive for a base truck

Press Release

With a box delete option, business owners and fleet managers can have it their way when it comes to customizing the back end of the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado.

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Chevrolet today announced availability of the package in mid-April. It is on display this week at the annual National Truck Equipment Association Work Truck Show in Indianapolis. It is the only such option offered in the midsize truck segment.

“With the segment-leading efficiency and maneuverable size, the Colorado makes a great, flexible choice for urban businesses and fleets to make the most of a midsize truck,” said Ed Peper, U.S. vice president, GM Fleet & Commercial. “It’s ideal for utility companies requiring service bodies, as well as landscapers and other businesses needing the utility of a flatbed.”

The box delete package – RPO order code ZW9 – is available on Colorado Work Truck 2WD extended cab models and is offered exclusively with the 305-hp 3.6L V-6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission. A $300 credit is applied to the Colorado’s suggested retail price when the option is selected.

Additional vehicle and package highlights include:

2,200-pound payload rating
6,001-pound gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR)
Temporary taillamps installed on the rear of the frame
Rear bumper deleted
Full-size spare tire included
Eight body mount provisions (four per frame rail)
Standard fuel filler position. Optional BJA-code service body fuel filler will be available and shipped loose in the cab for upfitter installation
Z82 trailering package
G80 locking differential.

Additionally, an option to delete the rear seat for great cargo capacity and versatility is available with the Colorado Work Truck extended cab regardless of whether the box stays or goes.

“The Colorado was developed with the upfitter industry in mind,” said Mike Jones, product manager, mid-pickups, CNG and LPG. “Input from body manufacturers and fleet owners helped us make the most of the optional fuel filler mounting location to suit their unique needs.”

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