You can count the number of new trucks specifically outfitted for off-road performance on one hand. Yet with the release of the new Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, following the debut of the new Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro earlier this year, things have gotten a lot more interesting in this specialized segment of the truck market.
That on-road stiffness gives way to admirable flex in low-speed off-roading. On a rock-crawling jaunt through an off-road park outside Gateway, Colorado, the ZR2 was planted at all times. Shorter 3.42:1 final-drive gearing helps the off-road Chevy chug up stair-step rocks, with hill-descent control to monitor forward progress down steep grades.
Chevy and Multimatic weren’t talking replacement cost yet, but reps from both outfits assured me that the DSSV shocks have to pass the same tests as standard shocks. They insinuated the spool valve units would last about as long as any OEM shock, and they certainly stress-tested the units (a lot), so time will tell.
It’s rated to tow a respectable 5,000 pounds (down from a max towing of 7,600 pounds from the regular Colorado) with payloads of 1,100 pounds for extended cabs and more than 1,200 for crew cabs (down from roughly 1,500 pounds in both configurations for the regular Colorado).