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Chevy Colorado ZR2

  • Watch out Toyota.  Photo: Chevy

  • 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2  Photo: Chevy

  • 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 – interior  Photo: Chevy

Chevy debuted its new Colorado ZR2 on Tuesday night at the L.A. Auto Show. The truck, available April 2017, is clearly designed to dethrone the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro as America’s mid-size, off-road vehicle of choice.

The specs include: a track (the width from the left tire to the right tire) that’s a full inch bigger than the Tacoma's for better stability; an inch higher ground clearance than the Tacoma (10.4 inches compared to the TRD Pro’s 9.4 inches); and a 2.8-liter diesel with 369 pound-feet of torque that's perfect for slow crawls up difficult terrain. Chevy even redesigned the bumpers to improve the truck's approach and departure angles to make clearing off-road obstacles easier. The ZR2 will also be the only midsize truck you can buy new from the dealer with front and rear locking differentials, plus a locking transfer case, all of which are intended to make the four-wheel drive more robust. 

 

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