The Colorado ZR2 Bison is the result of Chevrolet collaborating with the off-road specialists and American Expedition Vehicles.

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To better handle impacts off-road, AEV developed new hot-stamped, boron steel skid plates for the Bison.

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In total, there are five skid plates under the Bison to protect the radiator, front and rear differentials, transfer case and gas tank.

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More easily noticeable are the Bison's front and rear steel bumpers. The front bumper features a spot to mount a winch, while the rear boasts integrated recovery hooks. 

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Completing the exterior changes is a bolder grille, fog lights, specific wheel and AEV badges.

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The wheels are wrapped with 31-inch Goodyear Wrangler tires.

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A 3.8-liter V6 is standard on the Bison making 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. That comes connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

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For an additional $3,500, the Bison can be had with a 2.7-liter turbocharged diesel four-cylinder, pumping out 186 horses and a muscular 369 pound-feet.

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Like the base ZR2, the Bison features front and rear electronic locking differentials and a suspension with a 2-inch lift kit over normal Colorado pickups, with a 3.5-inch wider track, Multimatic spool valve dampers and cast iron control arms.

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The 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison will start at $48,045 for the Extended Cab, including a $995 destination charge. Crew Cab models, meanwhile, will begin at $49,645.

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