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2021 Chevrolet Colorado

2021 Chevrolet Colorado

The 2021 model comes with slight aesthetic updates to keep the product fresh until the next-gen arrives

Chevy has tasted great success with the Colorado in the past years. The pickup truck is one of the most popular offerings in the pickup truck segment currently. It has had its fair share of wars with the Toyota Tacoma, but it still holds a strong foot in the segment. The current-gen Colorado has been there for a long time, and finally, the company has decided to introduce the 2021 facelift. At the onset, the truck looks really fresh and will surely spice up things in the segment. But, will it be able to inch closer to the Japanese in terms of sales figures? Also, what about its cousin, the GMC Canyon?

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2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison

2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison

You’re not going to want to mess with this pickup once it has you in its sights

Chevrolet and American Expedition Vehicles have teamed up to create a new no-frills, punch-you-in-your-mouth special-edition model based on the Colorado ZR2. Fittingly, the model goes by the name “Bison.” The upgrades to the burly Colorado are mechanical by nature, though it does have a sprinkling of vanity additions as well. The 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison goes on sale in January 2019.

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2017 Chevrolet ZR2 Race Development Truck

2017 Chevrolet ZR2 Race Development Truck

A ZR2 built for racing on rougher terrain

Chevy brought two custom Colorado ZR2 pickups to SEMA this year with some heavy modifications that make them even better off-road. One was built in collaboration with American Expedition Vehicles and meant for over-landing while this, the Colorado ZR2 Race Development Truck, is built for high-speed desert running. In fact, many of the upgrades on this truck were first tested on Chad Hall’s Colorado ZR2, which ran in the “Best In The Desert” race series.

The list of modifications isn’t overly extensive, showing just how capable the Colorado ZR2 is from the factory. The truck’s crown jewel is its DSSV spool valve shock absorbers from Multimatic. DSSV shocks were developed for supercars and F1 race teams, so its adoption for an off-roader was unconventional. The factory truck also has better ground clearance than a regular Colorado, along with bespoke bodywork that improved approach and departure angles. Adding to its capability are front and rear electronic differential lockers – something not found on any other Colorado. Still, Chevy improved on the ZR2’s design for hard-core racing.

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2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 AEV Concept

2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 AEV Concept

An overland truck ready for just about anything

While SEMA certainly has plenty to offer when it comes builds that are low and fast, the annual vehicle modification extravaganza also offers loads of rough-and-ready off-roaders, many of which are rocking big suspension and the right stuff to tackle whatever Mother Nature has in store. The Chevy Colorado ZR2 AEV Concept is one good example, which looks to add to the Bow Tie’s already impressive performance truck cred as one part in a duo of custom Colorado concepts. Unlike its desert-running counterpart, the AEV focuses more on overland capability, adding robust off-roading exterior protection, enormous 35-inch tires (plus the requisite suspension lift), and even a fridge in case you get hungry while stomping around the great outdoors.

And that’s about right, considering AEV stands for American Expedition Vehicles, a private Montana-based manufacturer that’s been making comprehensive off-roader packages for the past two decades. “Our collaboration taught us that Colorado makes a great platform for building an off-road truck that can take you as far out as you want to go, safely,” says AEV’s founder, Dave Harriton. Read on for the specifics on what that claim entails.

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2018 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Midnight Edition and Dusk Edition

2018 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Midnight Edition and Dusk Edition

They’re special editions for an already special edition Colorado

Chevrolet is now offering two new special editions for the high-performance off-road Colorado ZR2 mid-size pickup. The Midnight Edition brings an all-black theme with tons of dark accents and a ZR2-branded sports bar with LED off-road lights. The Dusk Edition brings all the same black accents and the sports bar but allows customers to choose any of the eight other paint colors available on the standard Colorado ZR2. Both the Midnight and Dusk Editions come with new five-spoke, 17-inch alloy wheels painted in black.

The Colorado ZR2 is one of the hottest trucks on the market right now, and Chevy is hoping the added special editions will pour gasoline on the ZR2 fire. Obviously, special edition models tend to sell roughly twice as quickly as standard pickups, so it’s no doubt why Chevys bean counters are happy to offer the blacked-out packages.

According to Jim Campbell, Chevy’s U.S. VP of truck strategy, performance vehicles, and motorsports, “The Colorado ZR2 Midnight and Dusk Edition models offer customers even more personalization choices from the only company with three distinct trucks: midsize, full-size and full-size heavy-duty. Chevrolet offers more choices because the truck market is too diverse for a ‘one size fits most’ strategy.” Basically, it boils down to customers feeling exclusive when they buy and drive a special edition truck.

So what makes these special editions so… special? Keep reading for the details.

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2018 Chevrolet Silverado & Colorado Centennial Editions

2018 Chevrolet Silverado & Colorado Centennial Editions

Celebrating 100 years of Chevy pickups

Chevrolet marks its 100th year of building trucks in 2018, and as expected, the automaker will be throwing itself a celebration. To help commemorate building more than 85 million trucks over a century, Chevy is launching a special edition for the 2018 Silverado half-ton and Colorado mid-size pickups. Called the Centennial Edition, these one-year-only models come with several unique features that help Chevy express its accomplishment and its loyal customers show off their dedication to the blue-blooded American brand.

“The Chevy Trucks Centennial is a huge milestone for us, and is equally important to our customers,” said Sandor Piszar, Chevrolet Trucks Advertising and Marketing director. “That’s why we will be celebrating 100 years of Chevy Trucks over the course of the next 100 days. It’s important that we share this celebration with our loyal customers who have helped us achieve this accomplishment.” Mixed into Chevy’s celebration is the national launch of its Chevy Truck Legends program, which honors loyal customers. The iconic Chevy bowtie also gets a throwback makeover for 2018, recalling the first bowtie design introduced by Chevrolet co-founder William C. Durant in late 1913. The bowtie wears a throwback color called Centennial Blue, which matches the paint color found on early Chevy trucks. The dark blue hue is the paint color used on the Silverado and Colorado Centennial Editions. Of course, there is more than the paint color and badging, so keep reading what the Centennial Editions include.

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2017 Chevrolet Colorado Redline Edition

2017 Chevrolet Colorado Redline Edition

Another member of Chevy’s Redline fleet

The Chicago Auto Show has become the birthplace of special editions this year as a slew of automakers chose to debut “one-off” or “custom” vehicle editions. None, however, compete with Chevrolet, which debuted the Redline edition – a special trim line that spans almost all of Chevy’s vehicles. Each vehicle receives similar exterior styling treatments. Included in the mix are the Chevy Silverado 1500 and the mid-size Colorado pickup.

The Redline edition adds some specific touches designed to grab customers’ attention, while looking more menacing to onlookers. Each model, which includes the Cruze, Malibu, Camaro, Trax, Equinox, Traverse, and the two pickups, comes with black accents further accented by red hash marks. Those hash marks have a long history with Chevy – one that includes decades of racing.

The 2017 Chevy Colorado Redline edition specifically comes with a blacked out grille, a black bowtie front and rear, black wheels with those red hash marks, matching red tow hooks, and black badging on the doors with a red outline on each letter. It’s not the most detailed special edition package ever offered, but it definitely gives the Colorado a distinctive appearance.

Brian Sweeney, Chevy’s vice president, attributes special editions with helping drive interest on Silverados and Camaros. “Our special edition lineup has been popular with customers and dealers, alike” said Sweeney. “Since the introduction of special editions on vehicles the like Silverado and Camaro, vehicle average transaction prices have increased, time to turn has decreased, and conquest rates have risen, which has contributed to making Chevrolet the fastest-growing brand in the industry two years in a row.”

Undoubtedly, Sweeney and Chevrolet hope the Redline edition will do the same for the rest of Chevy’s lineup.

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2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

Chevy finally creates a purpose-built off-roader, complete with supercar shocks

Rumors, speculation, and spy shots have all been swirling around Chevy’s new Colorado ZR2 off-road pickup. Thankfully all that came to a head at the 2016 L.A. Auto Show as GM pulled the covers back, revealing a pickup designed to tackle the worst terrains on the planet while still being able to fit in your garage. Oh, it also fits down the Rubicon trail, as well – something not feasible with a larger truck that’s also built for dedicated off-roading.

The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 is GM’s newest halo vehicle and carries plenty of high-tech features and technology that makes it worthy of its position. For starters, the truck rides on spool valve shock absorbers from Multimatatic – the same company that supplies spool valve shocks to Formula One race teams, Aston Martin for use in its outrageous One-77, and Chevy’s fifth-generation Camaro Z/28 engineering team. This makes the ZR2 the first non supercar to use spool valve shocks. This is also the first time spool valve shocks have been used in an off-road application.

Chevy also gave the Colorado ZR2 a sophisticated software program that augments things like the ABS, traction control, and 4WD system to squeeze every last ounce of capability out of the truck.

Hardware wise, the Colorado ZR2 has a wider track for better high-speed stability, a two-inch suspension lift over the stock Colorado, beefed up control arms and leaf springs, and ZR2-specific bodywork that allows for greater approach and departure angles. The ZR2 even features rock sliders that protect the doors and rocker panels from damage.

Despite all the changes, Chevy kept the Colorado’s powertrain intact. The ZR2 comes standard with the familiar-yet-revised 3.6-liter, gasoline-powered V-6, but the 2.8-liter, Duramax, four-cylinder turbodiesel is available as an option.

This only scratches the surface of the 2017 Colorado ZR2, so keep reading for a deep dive into the truck’s looks, interior, powertrain, suspension, and competition.

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2016 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Hurley Concept

2016 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Hurley Concept

When surfing is a way of life…

Chevrolet is no stranger to making lifestyle vehicles. That’s exactly the case here with this Colorado Z71 Hurley Concept seen at the 2016 SEMA show. It combines the Colorado’s capability with several aftermarket goodies and concept parts designed to accommodate the surfing lifestyle.

“Colorado is a lifestyle enabler and the Hurley concept demonstrates the personalization possibilities for one of the most thrilling sports,” said Jessica Rogers, Colorado marketing manager. “With Chevrolet Accessories parts, the sky — and the surf — is the limit when it comes to tailoring the Colorado to your work or recreation interests.”

The truck features several key parts that make it a surfer’s dream, including the covered bed with overhead surf board rack, in-bed storage rack, waterproof ventiprene-covered seats, and a suspension lift.

“This concept is all about functionality,” said Ryan Hurley, creative director for Hurley. “When we discussed the project with Chevrolet, we didn’t want just a truck with our logo on it. It had to offer solutions for the challenges surfers face at remote locations and that’s exactly what it delivers.”

Marketing speak aside, the truck offers a really cool base for ideas and further personalization that regular customers can do with their Colorado pickups. Several of these parts are available through Chevrolet or other aftermarket suppliers. Technically, anyone can build this truck given enough resources.

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2016 Chevrolet Colorado ZH2

2016 Chevrolet Colorado ZH2

Chevy goes all-out for Military Fuel-Cell test vehicle

Nearly a month ago, we told you about General Motors’ partnership with the U.S. Military’s Army Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center to build and test a fuel cell vehicle for use in military operations. Well, GM has debuted its hydrogen-powered pickup and it’s called the Colorado ZH2.

As you can imagine, the truck is based on the Chevrolet Colorado. The ZH2 nomenclature is a play off the Colorado’s (or more historically, the S-10’s) off-road package, the ZR2. With its R swapped for an H, this hydrogen-powered truck is designed to test the capabilities and limits of a fuel-cell vehicle in off-road, wartime-style environments.

“Fuel cells have the potential to expand the capabilities of Army vehicles significantly through quiet operation, exportable power and solid torque performance, all advances that drove us to investigate this technology further,” said Paul Rogers, director of TARDEC. “Fuel cells have the potential to expand the capabilities of Army vehicles significantly through quiet operation, exportable power and solid torque performance, all advances that drove us to investigate this technology further.”

The speed Rogers is referring to is the time TARDEC gave GM to come up with this truck. From contract to concept, the project has happened in less than a year. That’s nearly light speed when it comes to government operations. From this point, the Colorado ZH2 will undergo a year’s worth of evaluation and demanding rigors to determine if hydrogen fuel cell vehicles have a future on the battlefield.

So what’s the big deal about fuel cell technology, you might ask? This propulsion system is nearly silent in operation, it offers a reduced thermal signature, has high torque thanks to its electric drive, offers low fuel consumption, and even creates water, which can be utilized in the field by soldiers.

There’s plenty to talk about here, so keep reading for the full run-down.

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2017 Chevrolet Colorado

2017 Chevrolet Colorado

New V-6 powertrain give the Colorado a mid-cycle boost

Chevrolet introduced the second-generation Colorado for the 2015 model year, along with its GMC corporate counterpart, the Canyon. Both trucks have remained unchanged since then, besides the introduction of the 2.8-liter Duramax four-cylinder turbodiesel in 2016. But now for the 2017 model year, the Colorado is getting a heavily revised gasoline V-6 and GM’s eight-speed automatic transmission.

As we detailed in a news piece, the upgraded V-6 and eight-speed automatic bring more power, better off-the-line acceleration, and improved fuel economy. The rest of the Colorado remains unchanged for the 2017 model year. That’s not a bad thing as the pickup’s design still looks fresh.

The Colorado comes in both extended and crew cab configurations, with both short and long bed sizes. Three trim levels appeal to a wide range of buyers and budgets – from the base WT to the mid-grade LT and to the off-road oriented Z71. Three engines are available, as well, giving customers plenty of options.

The base powertrain is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder making 200 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque. It can be mated to a six-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission. Customers who drive long highway distances or regularly tow or haul will love the 2.8-liter Duramax with its 181 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. Optioned in a 2WD Colorado, and the Duramax will return 31 mpg on the highway. The volume-leading engine is the 3.6-liter V-6. We’ll dive into that engine below.

Chevrolet has not released pricing details for the 2017 Colorado, but we expect a slight increase to the truck’s pricing scale.

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2016 Chevrolet Colorado Xtreme

2016 Chevrolet Colorado Xtreme

Chevy’s global Colorado gets all-out off-roader for Bangkok Motor Show

Chevrolet’s Thailand division recently rolled out an off-road concept version of the global Colorado pickup truck. Called the Colorado Xtreme, the pickup offers a one-off look with plenty of upgraded parts built to tackle any the outdoors. Though this exact truck isn’t heading to production, GM says this hints Chevy’s future design direction.

“These show vehicles were created to inject excitement and passion into the critical pickup truck and SUV segments, and reinforce Chevrolet’s commitment to the Thai market,” says GM Thailand and Chevrolet Sales Thailand Managing Director Marcos Purty.

Vanchana Unakul, general director of Engineering for GM Thailand and Southeast Asia, followed up by saying, “The two vehicles have the same platform but completely different personalities. The show trucks are an exploration into the platform’s significant potential and versatility.”

While the U.S. might not see get the Colorado Xtreme, rumors are still swirling about Chevy offering a hard-core ZR2 off-road package for the Colorado. Such a truck – if built correctly – would compete with the Ford F-150 Raptor. So in anticipation of the Colorado ZR2, let’s take a look at Thailand’s version of the Colorado Xtreme. Perhaps GM will share some of the design elements.

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2016 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Midnight Edition

2016 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Midnight Edition

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.

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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.

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2016 Chevrolet Colorado Midnight Edition

2016 Chevrolet Colorado Midnight Edition

Chevrolet has been beating the war drums of the midsize truck class ever since the new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado hit the market for 2015. Now almost a year into production, the Bowtie Boys have launched a massive campaign of special editions and “bespoke” features to the Colorado lineup. This one is called the Midnight Edition.

Obviously playing off its name, the Midnight Edition is a monotone, black-on-black truck with upgraded wheels, black badging and... that’s about it. Well, it does come with a spray-in bed liner (which is also black) and a folding soft tonneau cover (also black) and sill plates embossed with the Chevy logo. Beyond that, the truck has the same features as a standard Colorado.

Chevy also offers the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Trail Boss edition, which is also new for 2016 and was launched alongside the Midnight Edition. The Trail Boss takes a more macho approach and comes with beefy tires, side steps, and a bed-mounted “sports bar” known in the south as a roll bar.

Both special editions are designed to attract buyers to the Colorado in the midst of the midsized truck revival. Now with the 2016 Toyota Tacoma on the scene, the Colorado has to up its game in order to win over a buyers’ hearts and pocketbooks.

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2016 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Trail Boss

2016 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Trail Boss

Meet Chevrolet’s most formidable off-roader, the 2016 Colorado Z71 Trail Boss. Of course by now that name should sound familiar to truck enthusiasts who frequent TopSpeed. We first reported on the Trail Boss name back in January 2015 when GM filed for a trademark. The big news came the following March when Chevrolet debuted the truck at the Cleveland Auto Show – unveiling what boiled down to be a Colorado Z71 with upgraded tires and a few visual add-ons.

Sadly not much has changed since then. Now GM is announcing the Z71 Trail Boss is headed to dealerships, though one change did slip through. The Z71 Trail Boss now comes with a “sport bar” (or roll bar if you grew up in the south) fitted with LED off-road lights. Admittedly, that is pretty cool, but the rest of the truck remains a mere appearance package with some meatier tires.

Yep, the “Trail Boss” carries the same Z71 suspension, 8.4-inches of ground clearance, two-speed transfer case, locking rear differential, and all three powertrain options. The only mechanical difference – if you can call it that – is the addition of Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac all-terrain tires.

Still, the Z71 Trail Boss is an appealing package that slots nicely above the standard Z71, giving customers more choices at the dealership. The Trail Boss might not be the hard-core off-roader we expected, but it works nonetheless. Plus, Chevy still has the 2014 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 concept that could eventually make production, competing with the likes of the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor, 2014 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro, and the 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel.

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2016 Chevrolet Colorado Duramax Diesel

2016 Chevrolet Colorado Duramax Diesel

The time has finally come for General Motors to release the long-promised 2.8-liter four-cylinder Duramax turbodiesel in its Colorado and Canyon midsized pickup trucks. The engine has been on the books for production for the 2016 model year ever since GM debuted the trucks back in 2014.

Until now, the two trucks have utilized the base 2.5-liter four-cylinder and previously range-topping 3.6-liter V-6 gasoline engines as the only options. With the introduction of the “baby” Duramax, customers demanding higher towing, payload, and fuel efficiency numbers can opt for the new engine.

Chevrolet has set the diesel upgrade price at $3,730 more than the 3.6-liter V-6. The price includes some add-ons as well, making the cost seem more reasonable. A new six-speed automatic comes standard while 4WD models use a new transfer case. All Duramax Colorados get a diesel-exclusive exhaust brake and integrated trailer brake controller, along with all the emissions equipment that allow the engine to pass EPA standards.

Those trailering aids help boost the Colorado’s max towing capacity by 700 pounds to 7,700 pounds on 2WD models. Those equipped with 4WD can tow a maximum of 7,600 pounds. In keeping with the theme, a frame-mounted two-inch receiver hitch comes standard with the Duramax.

Chevrolet says the new Duramax won’t sacrifice comfort for capability. The transmission includes a new style of torque converter called a Centrifugal Pendulum Vibration Absorber. Long story short, the CPVA keeps excessive vibrations out of the driveline and therefore out of the cabin.

The EPA fuel economy estimates have not been released yet, but expect the Duramax Colorado to achieve better than 30 mpg on the highway. Sales should begin by late summer 2015.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Trail Boss Edition

2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Trail Boss Edition

We now have an answer to General Motors’ mysterious “Z71 Trail Boss” trademark filing back in January. Here it is – debuted at the Cleveland Auto Show of all places – an up-fitted Colorado. This bad boy has some meaty Goodyear DuraTrac all-terrain tires and… that’s about it. Yep, the “Trail Boss” is basically a $3,320 tire upgrade.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Trail Boss Edition

2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Trail Boss Edition

We now have an answer to General Motors’ mysterious “Z71 Trail Boss” trademark filing back in January. Here it is – debuted at the Cleveland Auto Show of all places – an up-fitted Colorado. This bad boy has some meaty Goodyear DuraTrac all-terrain tires and… that’s about it. Yep, the “Trail Boss” is basically a $3,320 tire upgrade.

Ok, the truck does come with other upgrades, but the tires are the only mechanical difference between the standard Z71 and the Z71 Trail Boss – if you consider tires a mechanical upgrade. Beyond that, the truck rides on the same Z71 suspension, uses the same part-time, two-speed transfer case, and sports the same 8.4-inches of ground clearance. Best of all (and just like the standard Z71) you can order a Z71 Trail Boss in 2WD! What a machine!

To say I expected more would be an understatement, especially since Ford, Ram, and Toyota offer much-improved off-road versions of their trucks. Granted, Chevy still has that Colorado ZR2 concept floating around, so that leaves possibilities open. Until then, the Z71 Trail Boss (barely) stands as king of the off-road hill for GM.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado Box Delete Package

2015 Chevrolet Colorado Box Delete Package

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.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado Box Delete Package

2015 Chevrolet Colorado Box Delete Package

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.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado: First Look

2015 Chevrolet Colorado: First Look

The covers have finally been pulled off the last new member of the Chevrolet truck lineup and we couldn’t be more excited. The 2015 Chevy Colorado debuted today at the LA Auto show joining the still fresh Silverado and Silverado HD.

The Colorado is based on the global truck platform, but is highly ‘Americanized’ with many key components swapped out for heavier duty items based on the new Silverado. The Colorado rides on a fully-boxed, hydroformed steel frame giving it a sturdy platform for hauling and towing. Initially the Colorado will come with two gasoline engine options with a diesel debuting the following year.

The base powerplant is a 2.5-liter four cylinder with an optional 3.6-liter V-6 engine. Both feature the latest suite of GM technology like Variable Valve Timing and Direct Injection. They share similar construction materials with aluminum blocks, forged-steel crankshafts, and oil jet-spray piston coolers. A Six-speed automatic transmission is standard across the board and features tow/haul mode and auto grade braking.

Exterior features include Chevy’s clever bumper CornerStep and bed rail hand-grabs, an EZ lift tailgate, two-tier loading capabilities within the bed, and no less than 13 tie-downs for securing payload. Available projector beam headlamps light the way while front bumper tow hooks provide a means of recovery if the going ever gets too muddy. Silverado-derived inlaid doors with triple seals keeps wind noise to a minimum while active aero grille shutters open and close to maximize aerodynamics and cooling efficiency.

Interior accoutrements are similar to the Silverado with a large, pronounced center stack with similar knobs and buttons. An available eight-inch color touch screen inhabits the prime real estate up top while multiple USB ports down low live in a specially designed front compartment for charging personal electronics. A center console-mounted gear shifter splits the front bucket seats and gives plenty of storage options big enough for hiding a tablet safely out of sight. GM’s next-generation OnStar and MyLink are also present, along with a standard rear-view backup camera.

The folks at General Motors say the new Colorado is designed for customers who want the extra capabilities a truck offers like hauling and off-road agility, but don’t need the size and expense of a full-side truck. GM is now the first manufacturer in quite a while to offer a full plethora of mid-sized, full-sized, and heavy-duty trucks. Our hats are especially off to the fact that GM revamped its entire truck lineup within a two year model cycle.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado GearOn Special Edition

2015 Chevrolet Colorado GearOn Special Edition

Chevrolet has announced its latest special edition package for the midsize Colorado pickup truck at the Chicago Auto Show. The GearOn Special Edition packages together GM’s innovative GearOn cargo management system with some unique body adornments.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado GearOn Special Edition

2015 Chevrolet Colorado GearOn Special Edition

The 2015 Colorado is one of Chevrolet’s hottest models these days, with the midsize truck causing quite a stir in its segment. The Colorado offers tons of cab, bed, engine, and drivetrain options that give truck buyers the ability to pick a truck to fit their needs. That versatility extends to the Chevrolet’s innovative cargo bed-based GearOn cargo management system.

To help promote its bed management system, Chevy has bundled the GearOn equipment with a few exterior adornments on the truck to make it stand out. While the GearOn system is available on any Colorado or its GMC Canyon twin, neither would come with the added pieces of the bundle.

Those include the off-road assist steps, gloss-black, 18-inch aluminum wheels, a body-colored grille with a blacked out Chevy bowtie along with a matching emblem on the EZ Lift and Lower Tailgate, fog lamps, rear window defogger, and the remote start system.

While the GearOn Special Edition doesn’t come with every GearOn accessory, it does provide the basic system for attaching things like bike, ski, canoe, or surfboard carriers and even a pop-up tent. All the ancillary parts are available at Chevy dealerships.

Updated 02/13/2015: We’ve added a series of images taken during the Colorado GearOn Special Edition’s official debut at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. Check the new images in the "Pictures" tab.

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