Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Concept Pickup Looks Riled Up & Ready To Rumble

Chevrolet's Colorado ZR2 Concept pickup picks up where its all-new for 2015 Colorado Z71 bro leaves off, and for a host of recreational off-roading fans that means where the pavement ends. 'Course, you might like the Colorado ZR2 Concept pickup as a daily driver, which is too bad because as a concept it's not available for purchase... yet.

Concept or not, the appearance of the ZR2 at this year's Los Angeles Auto Show sparks an ember of hope in loyal GM off-roaders who haven't seen the ZR2 special off-road/suspension package on a dealer order sheet since 2003. Before that, the package was a popular option dating back to 1994 when it debuted on the Chevrolet S-10 and the GMC Sonoma pickup trucks.

Now the ZR2 is back with a vengeance and although the package isn't available for purchase at press time, that aforementioned GM-friendly market niche ought to be pounding down the General's door to see it makes it into production.

“The design of the ZR2 concept is all about functionality,” said Tony Johnson, Colorado marketing manager. “From the bold stance to the trail-ready special equipment, the Colorado ZR2 is all about the fun of driving where the pavement ends.” Pretty fancy words there Tony but do the numbers back 'em up?

Let's break it down and find out. Painted in rugged Cypress Green with an orange-stitched, black leather interior, the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Concept features bodywork four-inches wider than that of the new-for-2015 Colorado Z71 and is further set off by all-new front and rear fascias. Off-road aficionados will be pleased to see integrated flip-out aluminum tow hooks, integrated skid plates, a built-in winch, electronic front and rear locking differentials, and King off-road racing shock absorbers that help raise the body an extra two inches. 35-inch-tall off-road tires complete the look.

Under the hood, a new 2.8L Duramax® Diesel engine pumps out an estimated 181 HP at 3400 rpm and 369 lb.-ft. of torque at 1000 rpm., thus ensuring once you get into the wilderness you'll be able to get back out again.

“This new Duramax Diesel engine will take capability to an entirely new level for the midsize truck segment,” states Tony Johnson. “Its broad torque band makes it very powerful at a low rpm, while the turbocharged performance provides a confident feeling of immediate and smooth power on demand.” Check out this cool GM-produced video to see just what Tony's talkin' about.

You can check out the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Concept pickup in person at the Los Angeles Auto Show running from November 21st through the end of the month, and presumably it'll be hitting the international car show circuit once LA wraps up. (via Uncrate)