Now this may be wishful thinking, but the 2017 Chevy Colorado ZR2 was spotted out testing the desert and we are hoping this is a sign that GM will finally enter the hardcore off-road segment. I personally have always been more of a GM kinda guy versus Ford, but that first generation Raptor won my heart with its incredible off-road capabilities.

Photo: Fourwheeler
Photo: Fourwheeler

The Colorado is not a full size truck like the Raptor, but that wouldn’t necessarily matter if it was built correctly. Although there hasn’t been any official information released regarding the new ZR2 the spy shots indicate that it’s definitely been upgraded from the stock version. It appears as if the independent front suspension has been beefed up with reinforced lower control arms with shocks that are rumored to be significantly larger than those found on the Z71 package.

Photo: Fourwheeler
Photo: Fourwheeler

Power is said to come from either a 2.8L turbo diesel or 3.6L V6 petrol engine, both should be powerful enough to handle anything that you might come across. Chevy released a concept version of this truck back in 2014 and it appears as if the production model will closely resemble that. It doesn’t have the front mounted winch that was seen on the concept but that could very well be covered by the camo wrap.

Colorado ZR2 Concept  Photo: caranddriver
Colorado ZR2 Concept
Photo: caranddriver

We will continue to cross our fingers, hoping this will actually be something that will compete with the mighty Raptor, but at the same time we won’t be holding our breath either.

Photo: Fourwheeler
Photo: Fourwheeler
Photo: Fourwheeler
Photo: Fourwheeler
Photo: Fourwheeler
Photo: Fourwheeler
Photo: Fourwheeler
Photo: Fourwheeler

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