For those who want to take their off-roading adventures to the extreme, Chevrolet has teamed up with American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) for the first time to bring you the new Colorado ZR2 Bison – Available January 2019. Here are some key takeaways from the announcement.
Engine & Performance
The Bison model will come with a class-exclusive 2.8L Duramax Turbo-Diesel engine paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission capable of 186 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque.
As you can see from the pictures, the Bison features the Chevrolet-stamped grill, just like select trim levels of the all-new 2019 Silverado, but the flow-through design will be exclusive to this special edition. To ensure protection when venturing over rocky and jagged terrain, AEV added skid plates along the entire under-carriage constructed of hot-stamped Boron steel that cover the engine oil pan, fuel tank, transfer case, and front & rear locking differentials. For even more protection, the Bison comes with an AEV designed stamped steel bumpers. The front bumper contains winch provisions and standard fog lights and there will be recovery points integrated into the rear bumper.
Buyers will have a choice of two body configurations: crew cab with a short bed or extended cab with a long bed. The ZR2 Bison will also feature exclusive 17 x 8-inch aluminum wheels surrounded by some beefy 31″ Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac off-road tires.
As far as the snorkel, there’s some good news and some bad news. The good news is that it is not exclusive to the new Bison, or even the ZR2. You can actually get one installed for any 2015 or newer Chevy Colorado – Cool! The snorkel also provides a great benefit to the health of your engine and, according to the AEV description, is “designed to improve engine performance by drawing in the cleanest, coolest air charge possible.”
The bad news is that it’s an optional 3rd party accessory through AEV, which means the Bison will not come standard with the snorkel as shown in the promo pieces. The kit itself is going to cost about $500 (after you factor in taxes), with an estimated 6 hours installation time, which won’t be cheap either. But, if you are planning on taking your truck off the beaten path regularly, it’s probably less expensive to just get the snorkel than it would be to choke your truck’s engine with dust.
So what do you think of the newest addition to the Chevy Trucks lineup? Share your thoughts below! And to the avid off-road adventurers out there, we want to hear your favorite off-roading spots, best stories, or even some valuable lessons you had to learn the hard way.
Jeff Gordon Chevy just got in a huge shipment of 2019 Colorados, including plenty of ZR2 models – Go check them out! And, as always, make sure to follow Jeff Gordon Chevrolet on Instagram for “fresh off the truck” updates on all new model arrivals here in Wilmington, NC.
For additional details not covered in this post, check out the full press release from Chevrolet here.