Chevrolet 2024 Colorado ZR2 Bison: Where Off-Road Prowess Meets Cutting-Edge Tech

Unparalleled Off-Road Midsize Truck Mastery

Ah, the open road — an invitation to the unknown, a canvas for adventure. And the 2024 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison is your brush, allowing you to paint your journey on any surface, no matter how wild or uncharted. Born from a partnership between Chevrolet, Chad Hall Racing, and American Expedition Vehicles (AEV), this beast is unlike anything you've seen before.

Every inch of this vehicle screams freedom and capability, much like a bison roaring across the American plains. Its 35-inch M/T tires, a first for any midsize factory truck, signal a declaration of intent, while the Jounce Control Dampers at all four corners whisper promises of a smooth ride, whether you're cruising on a country lane or eating up the miles off-road.

I'm a big fan of the Bison's prioritization of speed over slow-crawling. Engineers assured me that the absence of a sway bar disconnect — something you'd find in its competitor, the 2024 Tacoma TRD Pro — is a deliberate choice, keeping the Bison agile and lively even when the terrain gets rough.

Now, the underbelly of this beast is where the real magic happens. Shielded by five AEV Boron steel skid plates, it's like a fortress, impervious to the hits and bumps of the off-road world. And with over a foot of ground clearance, it's hard not to imagine it traversing rocky landscapes with the grace of a ballet dancer, albeit a beefy, off-road one.

And it's not just about brawn, either. This truck is smart. The addition of launch control — available only in Baja mode — allows you to kick-off your adventure with a bang. It cleverly adapts to conditions, minimizing wheel spin and maximizing traction, giving you the best possible start to your journey. The refined Performance Shift Active (PSA) system, another Baja mode gem, holds gears longer and makes your throttle pedal more responsive, an absolute boon when you're testing the boundaries of the off-road world.

Don't let the hardcore exterior fool you. Inside, you'll find a suite of in-vehicle technologies that make this vehicle as connected as it is capable. A segment-first fully digital Driver Information Center, wireless compatibility for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Google built-in, and an available Trailering App ensure you're never out of touch, no matter how far off the beaten track you find yourself.

But, the jewel in the technology crown has to be the 10 available camera views. The underbody cameras, in particular, offer a forward and rear-facing view beneath the truck. It's like having an extra pair of eyes on the ground when you're navigating tricky terrain.

The 2024 Colorado ZR2 Bison is a truck for the active and adventurous. It's a testament to what's possible when design and capability collide. A truck that doesn't just take you from point A to B, but invites you to find C, D, and E along the way, even if they're on a rocky path up a mountain. In short, it's more than a truck; it's your passport to a world of adventure. So, buckle up, fire up the engine, and get ready to roam. The wilderness is waiting.

Pros:

  1. Exceptional Off-Road Capability: With Jounce Control Dampers on all four corners, this midsize truck is well-prepared for off-road excursions. It's designed for high-speed off-road fun, allowing it to glide smoothly over rough terrain.
  2. Outstanding Ground Clearance: A ground clearance of over 12 inches, boosted by massive 35-inch tires, means this truck can conquer obstacles that would prove challenging for others.
  3. Durable Underbody Protection: The Bison comes equipped with five AEV Boron steel skid plates that protect the radiator, steering gear, trans/T-case, fuel tank, and rear diff, adding to its resilience.
  4. Innovative Technology: The truck is packed with smart features, such as the segment-first fully digital Driver Information Center, the Off-Road Performance Display, and the underbody cameras. Wireless compatibility with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Google built-in also ensure you're always connected.
  5. Powerful Engine: The Bison comes with a 2.7L 4-cylinder turbo high-output engine, offering 310 horsepower and 430 lb.-ft. of torque. This provides the necessary power to tackle any terrain.
  6. Brand Customization: The truck is customizable, and all parts fit on 2023 and above Colorado ZR2 and most other Colorado trims. This gives buyers the option to upgrade their current model rather than buying the full Bison edition.

Cons:

  1. Decreased Towing and Payload Capacity: The Bison's towing and payload capacities are reduced compared to the ZR2, with 500 lbs. less towing capacity and 260 lbs. less payload capacity.
  2. Increased Curb Weight: The Bison's curb weight is heavier than the ZR2 by 325 lbs., which may affect fuel efficiency and vehicle performance.
  3. Spare Tire Placement: The large 35-inch mud-terrain tires can't fit in the usual spare location under the truck. Instead, the spare tire is mounted in the truck bed, potentially limiting cargo space.
  4. Absence of Sway Bar Disconnect: Unlike some off-road vehicles, the Bison lacks a sway bar disconnect. While the engineers assured this is a deliberate choice to ensure high-speed performance, it may affect the vehicle's ability to crawl slowly over obstacles.
  5. Premium Pricing: As a specialty off-road vehicle with a plethora of enhancements, the Bison's price point is higher than many other midsize trucks. This could be a potential drawback for some consumers.

$46,800

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