July 3rd, 2018 by

At Rudolph Chevrolet of El Paso Texas, we love exciting off-roaders just as much as the reliable people movers that get us from point A to point B. That’s why the new 2018 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 has generated so much buzz within the off-road community. Much like the Ford F-150 Raptor, the Colorado ZR2 is built from the ground up for people that prefer dusty back roads to fresh tarmac. Here’s a quick sneak preview of the latest Colorado ZR2.

Engines, Transmissions and Drivetrains

The 2018 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 comes with two distinct engines: a peppy gas-powered V6 and a robust turbocharged four-cylinder diesel. The V6 produces 308 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. The diesel can achieve 186 hp and up to 369 lb-ft of torque when you really stress it. Transmission options include an eight-speed automatic for the gas burner and a six-speed automatic for the diesel. Each version comes with electronic locking differentials as well as four-wheel drive for superior traction in challenging conditions.

Real-World Driving Performance

If you opt for the V6 Colorado, you can expect to get up to 22 mpg on the highway and 19 mpg in the city. On a straightaway, it’ll hit 60 mph in just under seven seconds. Towing capacity clocks in at about 5,000 pounds. Unsurprisingly, the diesel variant can pull about 7,700 pounds if need be. Thanks to belly plates under the transfer case and rear differential as well as Multimatic shocks, the Colorado ZR2 can negotiate nearly any trail regardless of rockiness.

Cabin and Bed Configurations

Unlike most Chevrolet trucks on the market, the new Colorado ZR2 doesn’t give buyers a lot of options when it comes to layout. A crew cab with a short bed is generally what you can expect if you opt for this versatile mid-size beast. You’ll get a 5.2-foot bed and 107 cubic feet of passenger space from a vehicle that clocks in at about 4,800 pounds. A 128.5-inch wheelbase is standard on this particular variant of the sporty Colorado.

Bodywork and Interior Styling

As far as looks go, the Colorado ZR2 is distinct from other Chevrolets thanks to its aggressive grille and decorative plastic hood scoop. The headlights are pushed far to the corners and there are highly visible ZR2 badges all over the place. A sprayed-on bedliner and 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels augment a flashy facade. On the inside, you’ll find the standard four-way power seats and a telescopic steering column. Aside from a leather-wrapped steering wheel, the ZR2 is a typical Colorado.

Safety and Infotainment Features

When you opt for the Colorado ZR2, you’ll get a standard rear-view camera by default as well as a Teen Driver safety feature. The 8.0-inch MyLink infotainment touchscreen boasts support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto at last. Bluetooth and 4G LTE functionality are standard as well as USB ports for charging devices. The optional Active Tow feature makes it easy as pie for a weekend warrior to angle their Colorado precisely when hooking up a trailer.

Optional Packages Worth a Look

A topnotch off-roader like the Chevy Colorado ZR2 comes with plenty of goodies in its stock form. Regardless, some add-ons are too enticing to pass up. For instance, the GearOn Utility Rack Package comes with tiered storage rails as well as ladder and utility stanchions. The Chrome Appearance Package delivers tons of chrome accents all over the vehicle. Finally, several additional packages offer the kind of specialty black alloys and off-road lights that make any ZR2 really pop.

A Brand-New Colorado ZR2 Is Just a Short Drive Away

If you’re the kind of off-road warrior that the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 was made for, you won’t have to go far to find it when it debuts this summer. The friendly folks at Rudolph Chevrolet of El Paso Texas will be more than happy to show you why the Colorado ZR2 is a once-in-a-lifetime buy once it hits the lot. As soon as you take this bona fide off-road juggernaut for a spin, you’ll forget about any other lifted sport truck on the market for good.

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