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The Colorado ZR2 Bison is the result of Chevrolet collaborating with the off-road specialists and American Expedition Vehicles.
To better handle impacts off-road, AEV developed new hot-stamped, boron steel skid plates for the Bison.
In total, there are five skid plates under the Bison to protect the radiator, front and rear differentials, transfer case and gas tank.
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.
Completing the exterior changes is a bolder grille, fog lights, specific wheel and AEV badges.
The wheels are wrapped with 31-inch Goodyear Wrangler tires.
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.
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.
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.
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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