Chevrolet is finally pulling the covers from a truck we’ve known was coming for some time now: the 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison.
This truck is the result of a collaboration with American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) and adds some serious off-road equipment meant to better protect the ZR2 and make it more capable.
Five new skid plates are standard on the Bison to protect the oil pan, fuel tank, transfer case and both differentials. The skid plates are made of hot-stamped Boron steel. New front and rear bumpers are also made of steel, with the front unit including a winch mounting point and the rear designed with recovery points.
New approach and departure angles weren’t released, and this update shouldn’t change the ground clearance, which sits at 8.9-inches in the ZR2.
The fender flares are larger on the Bison than the ZR2 and up front a unique “flow-through” grille comes stamped with CHEVROLET across the front.
To further set it apart, Bison decals are placed on the bed sides, AEV logos are on the floor liners and head restraints and the AEV Bison logo also appears on the tailgate. Unique 17-inch wheels are also part of the package.
Those who want the snorkel will have to buy it from AEV, and we suspect more accessories will probably become available for the truck straight from AEV, but that’s just a guess. The accessory snorkel is available for other Colorado variants as well.
The rest of the ZR2’s off-road equipment stays the same, which means either a 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter Duramax diesel are the engines available in the truck. Multimatic DSSV dampers are still responsible for the great suspension setup, and lockers are included in the front and rear.
The 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison goes on sale in January 2019 and pricing has not yet been announced. The truck is backed by a full factory limited warranty.
Here is a “regular” ZR2 going mud bogging in Canada.