LA Auto Show: 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 image

During the Californian event the US automaker has showcased the new Colorado ZR2, pretty much the most off-road capable version of the midsize pickup truck.

The new version is even better at going further (and farther) than the existing Z71 package and we already had hints that Chevrolet was going to reintroduce the ZR2 nameplate since back in 2014 when the diesel Colorado ZR2 concept was presented at the same venue. Because we’re dealing with a proper off-roader, the production ready Colorado ZR2 has been mostly enhanced at the suspension level – there’s a two inch lift, new durable cast-iron control arms to widen the track by 3.5 inches, ZR2-specific 17×8-inch wheels shod in 31-inch Goodyear Duratrac tires – all proven at off-road parks in a dozen states, including the challenging Rubicon Trail.

2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 – interior

There’s also a noteworthy suspension upgrade – the use of the Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve (DSSV) dampers from Multimatic – putting it plain, Chevy’s engineers say conventional dampers deliver two damping curves (compression and rebound), while the DSSV ones allow for six curves. Other enhancements include kid plates and rock rails, electronically locking front and rear differentials, a cut out of the front end (you can see the entire tire from the front) and no more bed-assist steps in the back. Under the hood the customers have the option of the 3.6-liter V6 or the 2.8-liter Duramax turbodiesel – with an optional bed-mounted full-size spare tire on the menu as well.