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UP NEXT: CHEVROLET COLORADO ZR2 BISON, GMC CANYON AT4X AEV EDITION

The Trucks Will Feature A Winch, Snorkel, And 35-Inch Tires

We’ve seen the next generation of the Chevy Colorado ZR2 and GMC Canyon AT4X, and while there’s plenty to get excited about for these midsize trucks. We can’t help but wonder what might be the next stage to take these off-road legends even further. Well, sources can confirm a GMC Canyon AT4X AEV Edition is coming, while a next-generation Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison is also in the works.

2023 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Desert Boss 2022 Detroit Auto Show NAIAS
Image copyright Mattheus Pach, Muscle Cars & Trucks.

GMC Canyon AT4X AEV Edition, Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: Details

The GMC Canyon AT4X AEV Edition is expected to wear the same accessory off-road bumper as the Edition 1 model, while adding an integrated winch, and the noticeable addition of an American Expedition Vehicles-branded engine snorkel. The accessory is currently available to outgoing Chevrolet Colorado customers from the upfitting company, but it seems like GM is willing to offer the snorkel from the factory this time around. Notably, the configuration will be different than the previous model, as the last-gen snorkel was mounted on the passenger side of the truck. The new one appears to be going on the driver’s side. Considering that both the new Canyon and Colorado use a different engine than before, this is likely why. New geometry under the hood would have the  cold-side plumbing routed differently.

Another example of brands offering factory-installed snorkel can be found in the hard-to-find Ford Bronco Everglades, which Chevrolet considers to be one of the competitors to the new Colorado ZR2. It’s likely that this new feature will make it onto both the new Colorado ZR2 Bison as well as the GMC Canyon AT4X AEV Edition. It’s likely that both Chevrolet and GMC will offer the snorkel in their respective accessories catalogs, as well.

Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison AEV Edition SEMA 2019
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Here’s where things get even more delicious. General Motors is finally giving its midsize off-road trucks a set of properly proportioned tires. While the 2023 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 will have 33-inch tires, as will the first-ever GMC Canyon AT4X, the upcoming Colorado ZR2 Bison and Canyon AT4X AEV Edition will come with 35-inch tires, mirroring what we see on the Jeep Wrangler Xtreme Recon and Ford Bronco Sasquatch. This is sure to be a delight for off-road goers, as will the potential of true beadlock wheels.

General Motors appears to be further leveraging its relationship with American Expedition Vehicles with the next-generation Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. In doing so, the two companies are revisiting a vehicle segment where their relationship originally started. Except this time, everything looks to push levels of OEM off-road capability that have been previously unseen in the midsize truck market.

Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 Bison
Image copyright Mattheus Pach, Muscle Cars & Trucks

 

Written by Zac Quinn

Zac's love for cars started at a young age, after seeing the popular Eleanor from Gone In 60 Seconds. From there, fascination and enthusiasm blossomed and to this day the Ford Mustang remains a favorite. His first job started out detailing cars, but also provided the opportunity to work on restoration including an 1968 Ford Mustang, Ford Firebird, and a C3 Corvette, though he left that job before further work and experience could be had. From there, he was a detailer at a car dealership before quitting that job to try and finish college.

Much of his free time while studying was spent watching YouTube videos regarding new cars, or off-roading. 4WD247 is a personal favorite channel which rekindled a dying flame in car enthusiasm, now tailored towards trucks and SUVs and the fun that can be had building up an overlanding rig, and going on adventures, though, that chapter remains unwritten for the time being.

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