The 2023 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 seeks to be the new proverbial king of the midsize off-road truck hill with its class leading power and rock-solid hardware and accessories. It’s not quite yet available, though, as GM is focusing on getting its core trim levels, the Colorado WT, LT, Trail Boss and Z71, to market first. And for the 2023 model year, Chevrolet is also offering a Desert Boss package for the new Colorado ZR2, which tacks on a suite of accessories like a sport bar, beadlock capable wheels, and brush guard. However, sources confirm that the 2023 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Desert Boss will depart almost as quickly as it came. But its replacement will be something even more formidable: a new Colorado ZR2 Bison.
New Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: Details
Motor1 recently spotted a Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison testing, and confirms much of our original reporting on this exciting future product. A GMC Canyon AT4X AEV Edition will also follow, which will replace the extremely premium and limited 2023 Canyon AT4X Edition 1.
As expected, the entire vehicle is covered in camouflage, and it appears to be smaller than the standard ZR2. It appears to be riding on unique 12-spoke wheels with a black finish wrapped in fantastically thick Goodyear Wrangler Territory tires. Our intel has pointed to the new Colorado Bison riding on 35-inch tires, the same size as the Bronco Sasquatch and Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon. It’s a huge improvement over the previous package, and improves on the base ZR2 as well, which rides on 33-inch Goodyear tires.
At the front of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison prototype will be an exposed Flowtie emblem, featuring a red accent on the inner lip, like the standard Colorado ZR2. The new Colorado ZR2 Bison follows the same epic formula as its predecessor, with steel bumpers, steel skid plates, and an assortment of off-road equipment added to make the truck even more capable.
If we were to look at it another way, the new Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison on the way reminds us of what American Expedition Vehicles was doing to the last-gen Colorado ZR2 Bison on its own with the AEV350 package, pictured above. Largely, the improvement from the factory version comes from the supersized tires, cut fenders, and add-on accessories. So, where will AEV take the Colorado ZR2 on its own? We can’t wait to find out.
The front of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison keeps the production headlights, and the taillights are stand-in units framed in black. So while this prototype isn’t a finished product, we expect the new product to debut in the coming months, likely to debut later this year as a 2024 model year truck.
While it’s a bummer that the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Desert Boss is retreating so early, it’s sure to make for an extremely collectable truck, for anybody who can get one.