4 Wheel & Off Road - - DRIVELINES -

“Mod­i­fied for ex­treme off-road use” is how Chevro­let de­scribes the 2019 Colorado ZR2 Bison, a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the au­tomaker and Amer­i­can Ex­pe­di­tion Ve­hi­cles (AEV) that goes on sale in Jan­uary. AEV de­signed sev­eral com­po­nents to fur­ther ruggedize the ZR2, in­clud­ing stamped­steel front and rear bumpers with pro­vi­sions for a winch in front and in­te­grated re­cov­ery points in back. Five skid­plates made from hot-stamped Boron steel cover the en­gine oil pan, fuel tank, trans­fer case, and front and rear dif­fer­en­tials. A new grille has flow-through “Chevro­let” let­ters in­stead of the tra­di­tional Bowtie em­blem. Larger fen­der flares cover the

31-inch Goodyear Wran­gler Du­ra­trac tires, which are mounted to Bison-spe­cific 17x8 al­loy wheels. The snorkel seen in the photos will be an op­tion avail­able from AEV.

The Bison re­tains the equip­ment spe­cific to the ZR2 up­grade: a track width 31⁄2 inches wider than the Colorado

Z71, a 2-inch fac­tory sus­pen­sion lift, Mul­ti­matic DSSV dampers, and front and rear lock­ing dif­fer­en­tials. The Bison will be avail­able in crew- or ex­tend­ed­cab con­fig­u­ra­tions, short and long beds, and with ei­ther the Colorado’s 3.6L gas V-6 or 2.8L tur­bod­iesel en­gine.

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