The Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison will make its first appearance in 2024 as a beefier and higher-riding variant of the standard ZR2 vehicle.


In addition to having off-road tyres of 35 inches, the Bison is equipped with hydraulic bump stops manufactured by Multimatic. These stops are designed to help buffer the impact of severe landings.


Along with having a cow theme, the truck also includes AEV steel bumpers, bigger fender flares, and a spare tyre carrier that is mounted to the bed.

We are going to call it. This same moment can be considered the pickup truck heyday. Not only is there an unheard of number of options to choose from, such as tiny trucks, electric trucks, and luxury trucks, but automakers are also going all out on off-road-focused variations of their vehicles.

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Due to the fact that Ford, General Motors, and Toyota have all recently unveiled new generations of their respective entries, the competition in the mid-size sector is undoubtedly the most intense. Before the dust has even had a chance to settle, the bow-tie brand is releasing a bigger, badder version of the 2024 Colorado ZR2 Bison. Chevy has already put out the lineup of the 2023 Colorado, and we’ve driven the desert-pounding ZR2.

The Bison Is a ZR2 With More Beef.

This is not Chevrolet’s first rodeo when it comes to designing Colorados with a bovine theme. The prior-generation ZR2 was also available in a Bison configuration, which featured distinctive wheels and badging in addition to steel bumpers and skid plates, all of which were sourced from the aftermarket supplier American Expedition Vehicles (AEV).

Exclusive AEV add-ons, such as bigger fender flares, a full-width steel front bumper with a winch accommodation, and a rear bumper with steel corner plates, are still included on the ’24 Colorado ZR2 Bison. Five skid plates made of Boron steel are mounted underneath the vehicle; in comparison, the standard ZR2 only has three aluminium plates. When driving over rough terrain, drivers are afforded greater peace of mind because to the additional protection afforded by the Bison, which covers both the fuel tank and the rear differential. In addition to that, the standard includes a set of steel rock rails.

The spotlight should really be directed towards the hooves of the bison. Chevy rounds up the size of its Goodyear Wrangler Territory Mud-Terrain tyres, which measure LT315/70R-17, to make them equal to 35 inches. The Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison is the only other vehicle with a bow-tie insignia that includes factory-installed 35-inch tyres. This is in addition to the heavy-duty Silverado 2500HD ZR2. There is no other midsize pickup truck that provides tyres of such a large size; the 2024 Ford Ranger Raptor and the 2024 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro both ride on 33-inchers, the same as the standard ZR2.

The front fenders of the ZR2 had to have their wheel holes enlarged by Chevy so that the vehicle could accommodate 35-inch tyres. In order to accommodate the larger tyres, the front axle of the third-generation Colorado was moved forward by 3.1 inches. A spokeswoman for the business informed Car & Driver that the primary motivation for the stretch was to accommodate 35-inch tyres. The front and rear tracks of the Bison measure 66.3 inches, which is about an inch wider than those of the standard ZR2. The Bison is 1.5 inches taller than its cousin, primarily as a result of the larger tyres; however, a modest suspension rise also contributed to this difference.

A Bison That Is Capable Of Jumping

The Bison has the same kind of Multimatic spool-valve dampers as the ordinary ZR2, however in this case, the dampers have been retuned to accommodate for the truck’s increased mass. According to Chevy, the Bison weighs little more than 300 additional pounds. In spite of our initial assumptions based on our experience with a prototype in the Nevada desert, the car’s front suspension has the same 9.9 inches of travel, while the rear suspension offers 11.6 inches of travel.

The ground clearance of the Bison, which measures 12.2 inches, is 1.5 inches higher than that of the normal ZR2 at 10.5 inches. The approach angle of the AEV bumper is reduced from 38.6 degrees to 38.2 degrees, but the Bison has a better breakover angle (26.9 degrees as opposed to 24.8 degrees) and departure angle (26.0 degrees as opposed to 25.2 degrees). Read our feature comparison to get an idea of how the basic ZR2 compares to other vehicles, such as the Ranger Raptor and the Tacoma TRD Pro.

The fact that the Colorado ZR2 Bison is equipped with hydraulic front and rear bump stops, which were also manufactured by Multimatic, is the primary factor that propels it to the next level of off-road insanity. They are known by Chevy as “Jounce Control Dampers,” and they are constructed to better withstand the abuse that comes with driving aggressively off-road. Even if bison can’t jump, the ZR2 version can, and it has enhanced bump stops that will aid soften hard landings in the event that drivers are goaded into “sending it.”

In the event that the Bison suffers a flat tyre, the cargo bed is equipped with a full-size spare tyre that measures 35 inches. The spare tyre carrier on the new truck is situated in the front of the five-foot-two-inch box rather than in the exact middle of the box like it was on its predecessor, which also had a spare tyre mounted on the bed of the truck. Although the new location does not have the same cool aesthetic, the majority of the truck bed’s storage space has been preserved. In addition to this, it does not completely obstruct the vision in the rearview mirror, and an aftermarket cab topper may be mounted without any problems.

Essentially the Same as a ZR2

Sadly, the Bison treatment does not result in any changes to the vehicle’s powertrain. It utilises the same high-output turbocharged 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine that is found in the standard ZR2, which generates 310 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque (on 87-octane fuel, by the way). Additionally required components include an automated gearbox with eight speeds, all-wheel drive, and electronic locking for both the front and back differentials. The Bison has a maximum tow rating of 5500 pounds, which is 500 pounds less than the ZR2, and its payload capacity is 1050 pounds, which is 230 pounds fewer than the ZR2.

Launch control is a feature that has been added to the ZR2 and the Bison for the 2024 model year. This function can be utilised when the vehicle is set to Baja mode. When you are ready to take off, you need to turn the rotary knob on the centre console to the desired setting, depress the brake pedal, pin the throttle, and then release the brake pedal. According to Chevy, the launch mode will also automatically react to changing surface conditions. This means that the system will recognise whether the truck is driving on sand, gravel, or dirt.

The inside of the Bison is practically an exact replica of that of the standard ZR2. The only distinguishing features are the embroidered headrests and floor mats that bear the AEV trademark. Aside from that, both pickups come equipped with a fully digital gauge cluster as well as an 11.3-inch touchscreen display that is wirelessly compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The following driver assistance features are included as standard equipment: automated emergency braking, automatic high-beam assist, and lane-keeping assist. In addition, adaptive cruise control is available for an additional cost.

Orders for the 2024 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison will begin being accepted in the autumn of this year, and production is expected to begin some time during the third quarter of this year. Although Chevrolet has stated that it will reveal pricing information for the vehicle closer to the time it goes on sale, we have no doubt that the Bison will be priced higher than $60,000 at launch.

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