2016 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Concept Unveiled

By | 11/29/2014

The Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 concept had its premiere at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. All those who had the chance to see it there will agree with us – the model is simply awesome. The concept version, displayed at the LA Auto Show, had numerous qualities. The first one to notice is, of course, its appearance. This powerful performance truck had a really fierce and dominant look, with sharp edges and bulky body. Its exterior design reflected its nature to the line – the design was simple, yet somehow a bit intimidating. The interior was as impressive as the exterior, too. They used the Jet Black upholstery, which looked really posh, not to mention the styling details and a fully-equipped cabin. As for the powertrain, the concept was presented with a very interesting and powerful diesel engine, which would have a fantastic performance not only because of its power output, but also because of the model’s lightweight body. All in all, the concept was a full success. Now, of course, we are all wondering whether or not the Colorado ZR2 will become a production model. There are some rumors about the possible 2016 Chevy Colorado ZR2 model release, but these haven’t been confirmed yet. Also, there are some more advanced rumors, so to speak, which are already speculating the 2016 model’s characteristics. In our mind, the manufacturer would be insane not to launch this model since its rumored specs would make it one of the toughest models in its market segment. Though there isn’t much information about the new ZR2, let’s take a look at the semi-reliable info and rumors about it which are roaming around the internet.

2016 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Concept Rear View

2016 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Exterior Design

The new 2016 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 appearance is kept a secret. However, there are two possible scenarios when it comes to the mid-size pickup truck’s exterior. According to the first rumor, the new model will keep the exterior design seen on the concept version at the 2014 LA Auto Show. Of course, the production version wouldn’t look the same as its concept counterpart, but according to this current, the new model would be quite similar. As it is with all the production models, the new 2016 Colorado ZR2 would look a bit more modest and down-to-Earth when compared to the concept, but it would still keep its sharp and dominant design. On the other hand, some rumors say that the new 2016 Chevy Colorado ZR2 will be designed using the Chevy Colorado Rally Concept as a base. At this point, it is hard to say which opinion is the right one, or even the more likely one. The details about the new model are so scarce, it may even turn out they are all at fault. However, we do believe that the new truck will look powerful and dominant. The base for that approach is really not that important – the new Colorado ZR2 would still look aggressive, agile and fierce. Its design will be simple, but intimidating – after all, this is a performance truck; its looks must send a clear message to all other drivers to stay out of the way.

2016 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Truck

Expected Interior

As for the interior, though there is not much information about this topic, the new 2016 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 will surely come with a bit altered interior compared to the concept counterpart. The latter featured the Jet Black upholstery, like we said, so the new model will surely come with at least as impressive design as that one is. As for the technology, the new mid-size pickup truck will be fully equipped, featuring all the gadgets you would expect, such as OnStar 4G LTE, and some rather unique systems, like the high-end adjustable suspension.

2016 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Exterior

Possible Engine Options

As for the powertrain, there are two engines which are speculated to be installed under the hood of the 2016 Chevy Colorado ZR2. The first one is the 2.8-liter Duramax turbodiesel mill that can generate 181 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. This unit was also used for the concept. The second option is the Small Block 4.3-liter V6 EcoTec3 LV3 mill. This engine is capable of producing 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque. However, these engines haven’t been confirmed yet, so it is uncertain that they will be used for the new truck. In addition, according to some reports, the new model will use a six-speed automatic transmission only, while some sources hope that the manufacturer will also offer the new eight-speed automatic gearbox. regardless of that choice, with engines this powerful and a very light body, plus with all the technology the new model will bring, the new 2016 Chevy Colorado ZR2 will come with simply impressive performance, ready to tackle down any terrain or road condition.

2016 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Production

It is still unknown whether or not the 2016 Chevy Colorado ZR2 concept will have its production counterpart. However, some optimistic sources claim that the new model will be released during next year. As for the price, it is too early to say, but if the new model does get released, it will probably cost significantly more than the regular Colorado. Again, some optimistic sources argue that the new model will be more expensive, but not too much in order to stay affordable and competent, but in our mind, if you do want to drive such an exceptional pickup truck, you have to pay its worth.

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