A Look Back at Recent Updates
The reaction to Colorado in 2004 was somewhat muted, with low expectations due to its replacement of an aging staple, the S10. Still, critics were impressed by the engine offerings, and Chevy redoubled efforts to find the sweet spot that would capture the attention of American truck fans. In 2006, the Z71 trim and an Extreme package were offered to the excitement of off-road enthusiasts. Chevy also ensured that all trim levels had enough comfort and convenience features to draw in those who have trucks for personal use over work use.
Improved Performance Year After Year
The reintroduction of the Colorado with the 2015 second-generation hit major critical acclaim, with its comfortable ride engineering and a technology-forward cabin that provided drivers with all the bells and whistles that make a truck a partner on the road. Critics applauded not only the surprisingly smooth ride and handling but the payload and towing capacity of this mid-sized competitor. These capabilities remain at the top of the class within the 2020 models as well, adding extra value to an already highly coveted vehicle.
The ZR2 was introduced as a separate trim package to the Colorado lineup in 2017 in order to attract the wilder side of truck ownership, and the off-roading capabilities have increased and developed over the years. In 2020, the ZR2 offered its own optional packages. The Bison package was created in a combined effort with American Expedition Vehicles and includes five boron steel skid plates, specially designed wheel flares, front winch capabilities, and rear recovery points. The Midnight and Dusk editions include off-road LED lights and off-road sports bar along with sleek seventeen-inch black gloss wheels.
The Improved 2021 Colorado ZR2
Off-roading in a Chevy truck is not a new concept, of course, as the ZR2 off-road suspension package was part of the 1994 S10 offerings. Still, Chevy introduced the concept slowly and cautiously, building an organic following that has increased over the years. Therefore, it’s no surprise that Chevy would focus plenty of attention on the ZR2 in 2021.
As details continue to emerge regarding the 2021 Chevy lineup, it appears that truck enthusiasts will have a very strong option in the mid-sized market with the redesigned Colorado. Updates to the exterior promise to be much more than a simple facelift, with structural elements re-imagined as well. Though there are limited details as to what will be changed mechanically, early reports indicate the ZR2 trim will be enhanced and improved to add more fun to this already highly functional off-road capable truck.