Chevrolet says its 2017 Colorado ZR2 sits in a segment all of its own, with exclusive off-road attributes and mid-size proportions to take it through the toughest, tightest trails. We’ve just spent some time with the vehicle to bring you a first drive review.
This latter point is key, because no other pickup on the market can make a similar claim. The majority of the external reservoir shocks currently available are great for landing a really sweet jump, but less adept at rounding a paved corner or controlling body movement on a bumpy road – something that was in full evidence during my recent test drive of the steroidal Ford F-150 Raptor. DSSV makes the bold promise to erase the boundary between Trophy Truck and commuter comfort.
It wasn’t long ago that pickup trucks were so focused on hard work that you couldn’t even expect a truck to be a comfortable cruiser on the highway, as compromises were made to accommodate payload and trailers.
“Chevy dealers absolutely can’t wait to get their hands on ZR2,” said Anita Burke, GM’s chief engineer of midsize pickups. “Let’s just say there’s a lot of demand for this vehicle.” GM executives acknowledged that the automaker’s North American truck business generates most if not all of the automaker’s profit.