Chevy Colorado is definitely the best pickup truck in the mid-size segment. One of the reasons is its towing capacity of 7,700 pounds. No other pickup can match this output. But, what is happening if you want to go off-road? In this case, you will wait for the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 edition. The specially tuned truck can go everywhere with its unique upgrades. It is more capable of everything than the Z71 edition. Well, the ZR2 will have a tougher challenge in the future, with the return of the Ford Ranger.
Well, the package is so cool that the GM considers adding it to the bigger segments. Silverado 1500 ZR2 is already on streets, being tested for the next season. Next one to get it is a heavy-duty segment, we are sure. Well, the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 is not bringing too many changes, since the company is focused on bigger trucks and the next generation of the mid-size unit which arrives in 2022.
Still, the pickup will remain one of the top picks if you need a working mule for off-road tasks. With the additional option, it is not going to cost cheap. But, as always, it will be worth every penny.
The greatest rival for the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 remains the TRD Pro version of the Toyota Tacoma. The Japanese company moved boundaries with its package. However, it still lacks a diesel engine. In future, Tacoma could play a bigger role if this kind of powertrain becomes part of the lineup. Also, the less serious competition comes from Nissan Frontier Pro-4X. However, this is not as big threat as it is Tacoma TRD Pro.
Well, the situation in this segment is warming up. The return of the Ford Ranger caused the attention of the automotive world. It won’t take long before the Blue Oval company launches the off-road Raptor edition. Australian buyers already have it. Recently, the Euro-spec model was presented. The next one will be Ranger Raptor for the US market.
Finally, there is a brand-new Jeep Gladiator. The FCA will definitely pick some advantage from Wrangler 4×4 vehicle and add them to the truck. How serious it can be, we will see. But, the Gladiator is the only pickup in the same segment which can get on the line with 2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 in towing capacity.
2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Engines, Towing Capacity
Compared to the standard offer, the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 is not going to offer a four-cylinder drivetrain. Instead, the build will start with a 3.6-liter V6 unit. This engine is capable to produce 310 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission sends power to all wheels. This is the standard configuration for the ZR2. It consumes much more fuel than the usual version with a V6 engine – 16/18 mpg compared to 17/24 mpg coming out of base setup’s AWD configuration.
A better fuel economy comes from a turbodiesel engine. A four-pot unit is also ready to burst 370 lb-ft of torque and 186 horsepower. Combined fuel economy is 3 mpg over the combined consumption of petrol V6. Again, a 4WD is standard, while a six-speed automatic transmission replaces an eight-pace gearbox. Towing capacity of this setup raises to 7,700 pounds.
2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Upgrades
The ZR2 package is mainly configuring the drivetrain system. Buyers still have options to choose – cab and bed configurations. Extended and Crew Cab are available for this model. The first one comes in combination with an extended bed only. Long and short box is there for Crew Cab configuration.
Other things that will make the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 different from the base offer are upgrades for an off-road drive. It will significantly upgrade a Z71 suite that adds off-road suspension, transfer case shield, and automatic locking rear differential. The ZR2 installs multimatic DSSV damping system and larger gap between the body and surface. Increased ground clearance will make the truck capable for runs in wildest outskirts. Track width is also larger.
Besides the drive system upgrades, the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 will come with visual changes. These are unique grille and all-terrain tires in first place. Spray-on bedliner is standard here. Also, there will be a logo of the model. The rear bumper is painted in black to boost overall aggressiveness. Inside, leather front seats and climate controls are added. Power passenger seats are adjustable and heated steering wheels are noteworthy upgrades. Unique hood and body graphics and decals will improve the overall impression of the truck.
2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Release Date, Price
Chevy Colorado is heading towards the new generation. However, bosses announce it for 2022. Together with its twin, GMC Canyon, the mid-size truck will bring huge changes. We can expect a hybrid drivetrain and new petrol units. But, until then, no bigger changes will be made. Small updates will make the truck fresh and keep fans and buyers under attention. The 2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 will share the same faith.
Since there won’t be big changes, the pickup will arrive quietly. Fans and experts are not paying too much attention to this model. They want to know more about Silverado 1500 diesel, ZR2, and new HD lineup. So, the presentation of Colorado will be quiet, as well as its off-road model. We believe it will happen late this year.
Without big changes, the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 will come with the same pricing list. Everything starts at $43,000 for the petrol engine and the Extended cabin. If you want to add a Crew cab it will cost you $1,500. Diesel unit will increase the price by $3k. Before you add extra features, the 2020 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab with a diesel engine will still cost under $50,000. Well, that is the starting price of the Ford F-150 Raptor. Experts believe that Ranger Raptor will start at $40,000. Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro costs $44,000. Its diesel engine will get it closer to $50k mark.