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The Chevy Colorado is a mid-size truck that entered production in 2004 to replace the Chevy S-10 pickup truck. After a brief hiatus in 2013, the truck returned in 2014 and has remained in production ever since. And despite being the smaller sibling of the Chevy Silverado, this truck offers some notable capability. Especially when the ZR2 package is considered. An option that makes the Colorado a mid-size truck that is ready for off-road duty.

What is the ZR2 package? 

The ZR2 dates back to 1994 and adds some off-road capability to Chevy trucks. And in 2022, it can still come equipped to the Chevy Colorado. It is a more expensive option than the Z71 package, but it does feature more equipment. And to some drivers, that may be worth it.

The ZR2 package adds improved shocks, skid plates and rock sliders, and a factory-installed lift. The ZR2 package is only available with four-wheel drive. But, you can get it with both the 3.6-liter V6 engine and 2.8-liter turbodiesel engine. So, in terms of powertrains, buyers will have options depending on their preference.

The ZR2 Bison takes things to the next level

A mid-size truck like the Chevy Colorado can be at-home off-road.
Chevy Colorado | Bull Doser

If the ZR2 is not enough to meet your needs, there is the Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison. This vehicle was developed in collaboration with American Expedition Vehicles, and it shows. From its snorkel to aggressive cladding, this is a truck that is designed to handle harsh terrain.

Notable features of the Bison include front winch provisions and rear recovery points, boron steel skid plates, and AEV front and rear bumpers. The changes made to this mid-size truck help add a higher level of performance. 

How much can the 2022 Chevy Colorado tow?

When properly equipped, the Chevy Colorado has the ability to tow up to 7,000 pounds. Additionally, the Colorado offers up to 49.9 cubic feet of cargo capacity, which is something that is likely to be appreciated. 

In terms of payload capacity, the 2022 Colorado can haul up to 1,560 lbs. Which does add to a level of practicality to this mid-size truck. If you are going off-road, you may find yourself wanting to bring toys along. So having a truck that can haul and tow is a necessity.

Will there be a 2023 Chevy Colorado?

The Chevy Colorado is a mid-size truck that can shine off-road.
2022 Chevy Colorado | Chevy

According to MotorTrend, Chevy is expected to release a 2023 Colorado at some point in 2023. The Chevy Colorado has been showing its age in recent years. And unlike Nissan, which let the Frontier age and age, it is expected that Chevy will be bringing a redesign to its mid-size truck soon.

The Colorado is in its third generation. And it continues to be a fairly popular truck. With a redesign, this vehicle could get some modern updates in terms of safety and functionality. Changes to exterior and interior design are also to be expected. One thing is for sure, we hope that Chevy continues to offer an off-road version of its mid-size truck. That way, models like the Tacoma TRD Pro still have competition.


The 2022 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Is an Off-Road Machine