Chevy’s newest special edition for the Colorado

Chevrolet is no stranger to special editions. It seems like nearly every one of its models can be had with some sort of special option package or unique edition. The tradition continues at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show as Chevy debuts the 2016 Colorado Z71 Midnight Edition.

Chevrolet actually debuted a Midnight Edition for the 2016 Colorado back in August of 2015, though it was limited to the LT trim levels. Now customers can choose the Midnight Edition on their Z71-trimmed Colorado – a truck that is built for off-roading.

Like the “standard” Midnight Edition, the Colorado Z71 Midnight Edition comes with blacked-out everything. Save for the headlights, fog lights, and a handful of chrome accents, the truck is black. In keeping with its Z71 trim, the 17-inch, five-spoke wheels are wrapped in Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires for all-terrain traction. The Eaton G80 locking rear differential is standard while 4WD is optional. Tow hooks and skid plates finish off the Z71’s rugged image.

The Z71 Colorado is available with either the 3.6-liter V-6 or the 2.8-liter Duramax four-cylinder turbodiesel. Both engines are unchanged by addition of the Midnight Edition package, and come mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

Keep reading for more details.

Updated 02/12/2016: We added a series of new images of the new Colorado Z71 Midnight Edition taken during its official unveiling at the 216 Chicago Auto Show. Check them out in the "Pictures" tab.

Continue reading to learn more about the Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Midnight Special Edition.

What makes the Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Midnight Edition special

The Colorado Z71 Midnight Edition combines the best of both the Z71 package and the Midnight Edition. Now truck buyers can opt for “murder-out” either the Colorado LT or Z71 trim levels. Both can be had in either 2WD or 4WD, but each comes with trim-specific items.

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For the Colorado Z71 Midnight Edition, the truck is equipped with the Z71 off-road suspension package. This includes Rancho shock absorbers, tow hooks and underbody skid plates made standard, the Eaton G80 automatic locking rear differential, and the Goodyear DuraTrac all-terrain tires. All combined, these features give the Z71 a leg up when tackling dirt, mud, and rocks.

As for the Midnight Edition portion, it boils down to an appearance package. The truck (obviously) only comes in black and features a blacked out grille, bumpers, door handles, mirror caps, and wheels. Even the spray-on bed liner is black. There are hints of chrome, however, including the headlights, fog light accent rings, Z71 logo on the doors, and bow tie emblem accents. Yep, even the Chevy bow ties are black.

Pricing for the Midnight Edition is expected to range between $1,500 and $2,000, on top of the Colorado Z71’s base sticker price of $29,250.

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Read our full review on the Chevrolet Colorado here.

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Press Release

Chevrolet is expanding the popular Midnight Special Edition with new models available on 2016 Silverado 1500 Z71 and 2016 Colorado Z71. They join a growing portfolio of special-edition trucks whose popularity helped Chevrolet truck sales increase 27 percent last year – double the increase for the total truck market.

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“We introduced several special-edition trucks in 2015 – each combining equipment and appearance packages designed for specific enthusiasts in mind,” said Sandor Piszar, Chevrolet truck marketing director. “They clearly resonated with buyers, as the special editions sold in one-third the time, and to younger, more affluent buyers than the industry average.

“The Silverado 1500 Midnight was by far the most popular model in 2015,” Piszar continued, “as demand outstripped supply in a matter of months. It only made sense to expand our special-edition offerings for 2016, including new Midnight editions.”

With the addition of the Silverado 2500 HD Z71 which was introduced in September, customers now can select from midsize, light-duty and heavy duty Midnight editions. Each combines off-road equipment and monochromatic details, such as:

Off-road suspension
Locking rear differential
Transfer case shield
Hill Descent Control
Aggressive Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac all-terrain tires
All-black front end with body-colored grille, bumper, headlamp bezels, tow hooks and fog lamps
Black side moldings and beltline moldings
Black painted alloy wheels
Special Z71 badges on the doors
A spray-in bedliner (black, of course)
And black Chevrolet bowties for the front and rear

Other special-editions available for 2016 include the Silverado Realtree®, Silverado Special Ops, and Colorado Trail Boss, with additional models to be announced later this year.

“Each special edition is tailor-made to fit a specific customer – whether you are an off-road enthusiast who wants a Colorado or a hunting enthusiast who wants a unique Silverado,” said Piszar. “In addition, each special edition is designed to attract attention at the dealership and in the customer’s driveway.”

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