The Most Extreme New Pickup Wears a Bowtie


Chevrolet is no stranger to the pickup truck segment. An integral part of it since 1918, the all-American automaker has been able to steadily improve upon the vehicle category over the past 98 years. In the beginning, Chevrolet had more than a vested interest in the pickup truck body style, creating the first few models in order to transport car parts around its large assembly plants. It wasn’t long after this application was utilized, that pickup trucks were deployed to farms, fields, and jobsites across the United States. Despite the fact that nearly a century has passed since Chevrolet rolled those first truck models off the assembly line, the brand is just as committed to manufacturing the most capable and dependable trucks on the road.

In celebration of the brand’s 95th year of pickup truck production, Chevrolet’s vice president of sales and service, Don Johnson, had this to say: “The legacy that Chevrolet trucks have built over the last 95 years is important to protect. The best way for us to do that is by delivering the capability and technology our customers have grown to expect, in both our current trucks and in our next generation of full-size pickups.” What Johnson echoed in his speech that day, solidifies the brand’s commitment to the pickup truck segment, and to the drivers who rely on their capability day in and day out. As Chevrolet continues to set the bar high for competitors in this small vehicle category, Chevy dealers in Ohio and around the country were not surprised to hear that the bowtie brand has major plans for its upcoming pickup truck lineup.

Chevy Ups the Ante with the Colorado ZR2

The newest Chevrolet pickup truck is touted as the most extreme offering by the brand, ever. The Chevy Colorado ZR2 may be classified as a compact pickup truck, but it is already making big waves in this highly competitive segment. First introduced at the Los Angeles Auto Show in 2014 as a concept truck, Chevy took its time producing a worthy production model which wasn’t introduced for two more years. Also debuting at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the Colorado ZR2 was a head-turner from the moment it arrived at the show earlier this year. Introduced as a part of the brand’s 2017 lineup, Chevrolet made it clear that the Colorado’s small size would not stop its big heart from shining through.

The 2017 Chevy Colorado ZR2 represents the first official off-road ready pickup to ever hit dealer showroom floors, which it is slated to do in the spring of 2017. Boasting extreme all-terrain capability, the Colorado ZR2 is just as road worthy as it is off-road ready. Not surprisingly, Chevrolet loaded its newest Colorado pickup with class-exclusive features and technology, giving it even more clout than it already has.

The 2017 Colorado ZR2 won’t be coming to dealerships for a few more months, but until then, you can explore all that the extreme off-road ready pickup boasts, right here.


All pickup trucks must possess a certain level of capability, but Chevrolet broke the mold when it designed and engineered the Colorado ZR2. To say that this pickup truck is capable, is the very definition of an understatement.

Before we dive into the exact capability and performance specs, it’s important to understand just how unique the ZR2’s design actually is. First off, the ZR2 sits on a track that is 3.5-inches wider than standard Colorado models, and sits two-inches higher off the ground, thanks to a specially designed lift kit. Those two inches give the ZR2 a total ground clearance of 10.3-inches, which is enough to beat out tough competitors like the 2017 Jeep Rubicon. Impressive, right? The impressive ground clearance isn’t the only thing that the ZR2’s design has going for it. Constructed for ultimate functionality, the 2017 Colorado ZR2 includes standard rock sliders, front and rear wheel flares, 17-inch wheels, and a full-size bed with mounted spare tire carrier. Whether you are embarking on a weekend adventure in the wilderness of the South, or spending your time cruising around the Queen City – this truck has you covered.


Now that we understand a bit more about how the ZR2 was designed, let’s check out its over abundance in capability. Remember when we mentioned how Chevy packed this version of the Colorado with segment-exclusive features? This is where they shine the most, obviously outshining any and all competition.

Featuring segment-exclusive front and rear electronic locking differentials, the 2017 Colorado ZR2 delivers increased traction in any terrain or weather event. The pickup’s suspension was built specifically for off-road worthiness, and features segment-first DSSV shocks that were produced by Multimatic exclusively for the ZR2. Full steel tube rockers and skid plates are standard on all ZR2 models produced, and will protect the undercarriage of the off-road ready truck from rocks and other elements that will more than likely be encountered on all-terrain adventures.


It is clear that the 2017 Colorado ZR2 can perform well off-road, but even more intriguing is what sits under the hood. Standard ZR2 models come with an all-new 3.6-liter V6 that was designed exclusively for the newest Colorado. Paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, this powerful engine delivers a 308 horsepower rating and 275 lb.-ft. of torque. The optional Duramax 2.8-liter diesel engine is another segment-exclusive feature available on the ZR2, and delivers 181 horsepower, and 369 lb.-ft. of torque.

The 2017 Colorado ZR2 can tow up to 5,000 pounds, and haul a payload of up to 1,100 pounds. Both engine options are paired with an eight-speed Hydra-Matic 8L45 automatic transmission, and nine drive modes that can be changed seamlessly by the driver. Whether you are traversing the desert at high speeds, or are crawling over challenging rock trails, the ZR2 has the perfect mode to help you successfully conquer whatever terrain happens to lie ahead.

Get it First at McCluskey Chevrolet

McCluskey Chevrolet in Cincinnati is the top choice for new Chevy truck buyers in the tri-state area. With a large inventory of brand new trucks, cars, and SUVs, there is no better place to find the exact bowtie brand vehicle you are looking to buy.

The 2017 Colorado ZR2 isn’t expected at dealerships until this coming spring, but as soon as it arrives here at McCluskey Chevrolet, you can come down and be the first to check out this extreme off-road pickup from the bowtie brand.