Chev shows how it’s done

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Look­ing for some styling in­spi­ra­tion for your new Holden Colorado? Then you need look no fur­ther than the US of A where Chevro­let pro­duce this lim­ited edi­tion ZR2 model.

Com­pared to a stan­dard Colorado, the ZR2 fea­tures a much wider track and a lift kit. Func­tional rock­ers have been added for bet­ter per­for­mance over rocks and ob­sta­cles, and the front and rear bumpers have been mod­i­fied for bet­ter off-road clear­ance.

Then there are the front and rear elec­tronic lock­ing dif­fer­en­tials, and first off-road ap­pli­ca­tion of Chevro­let’s Mul­ti­matic Dy­namic Sus­pen­sions Spool Valve ( DSSVTM) damper tech­nol­ogy.

So, it’s way more than the typ­i­cal dress-up kit!

Vis­ually, the pro­duc­tion ver­sion of the Colorado ZR2 closely re­sem­bles the con­cept shown at the 2014 Los An­ge­les Auto Show. Con­sumer re­sponse to that con­cept was so over­whelm­ing, the team knew they needed to carry as much of the orig­i­nal de­sign into pro­duc­tion as pos­si­ble.

Wheels are 17 x 8-inch al­loy, in a pat­tern exclusive to the ZR2, tyres 31-inch Goodyear Du­ra­tracs.

Track front and rear has been widened by 76mm ( three-and-a-half inches), with new cast-iron con­trol arms for greater dura­bil­ity in off-road sit­u­a­tions.

The front bumper has tapered ends to in­crease the tyre clear­ance and there is an in­te­grated alu­minium skid plate pro­tect­ing the ra­di­a­tor and sump, and a sec­ond one keep­ing the trans­fer case out of harm’s way.

The bed-mounted spare tyre car­rier, seen on re­veal ve­hi­cles at the Los An­ge­les Auto Show, is an op­tional ex­tra but elec­tronic diff locks are stan­dard front and rear, which – with the Au­toTrac trans­fer case – of­fers nine drive con­fig­u­ra­tions.

US-spec ZR2 Colorado is se­ri­ous piece of kit.

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