Chevy Announces the 2024 Colorado ZR2 Bison

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

chevy announces the 2024 colorado zr2 bison

Chevy recently overhauled the Colorado pickup, and we’re now learning more about its hardcore off-road trim. The 2024 Colorado ZR2 Bison sports multiple skidplates, massive 35-inch tires, beefy off-road suspension, and goodies from American Expedition Vehicles (AEV).

AEV provided the winch-ready front bumper, 17-inch wheels, rear bumper, and bed-mounted spare tire carrier. Underneath, Chevy installed five skid plates to protect the transmission, differential, and other components. Multimatic DSSV dampers and front/rear locking differentials are also standard. 

The suspension provides 12.2 inches of ground clearance, which is 1.5 inches more than the standard ZR2. Despite having way more off-road capability, the truck gained more than 300 pounds with the added equipment.  

Under the hood, the Bison gets a turbocharged 2,7-liter four-cylinder engine with 310 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque – the same output that the larger Silverado 1500 sees from the engine. An eight-speed automatic transmission sends power to all four wheels. There’s also standard four-wheel drive and a two-speed transfer case, and the driver can select exclusive drive modes.

The truck comes with most of the goodies included, but buyers can upgrade with a sunroof and more luxurious interior finishes. We don’t have pricing for the ZR2 Bison but expect it to start in the high-$40,000 range when it debuts. 

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  • SCE to AUX SCE to AUX on May 31, 2023

    "We don’t have pricing for the ZR2 Bison but expect it to start in the high-$40,000 range when it debuts."

    That seems like a pretty good deal in today's market.

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    • Lou_BC Lou_BC on Jun 02, 2023

      @Mricky - "You'd think that most of the USA and Canada is desert and rock." My point was that the manufacturers focus on desert pre-runner style trucks and rock crawlers style trucks. I prefer a "well rounded" vehicle.

  • Alan Alan on May 31, 2023

    That's about $74k AUD, seems like a good price for the vehicle of this calibre. I think the Ranger Raptor will start around the $78k mark here. A friend of mine just bought a W580 Amarok for $97k. Nissan have the Navara Warrior which is cheaper, I think it starts in the high $50s. The cheapest is a Chinese iteration of one of these off road tuned vehicles starting in the $40s ($29k USD). But all of the above vehicles are not equal. I would think the Raptor is by far your best bet for an off roader.

    • EngineerfromBaja_1990 EngineerfromBaja_1990 on May 31, 2023

      The price guesstimate is inaccurate as the regular ZR2 starts at $48K.

      And the Bison package added almost $6K to the previous Gen Colorado. This new truck will start in the mid to high $50s so you would be looking at around $85K AUD

  • MrIcky MrIcky on May 31, 2023

    I remember when Gladiators came out and everyone was shocked at how expensive they were. Now all the off road specials have caught up or passed it financially. I like this truck a lot, but I'd still take my Rubicon over this. I'd take this over the Ranger Raptor or Tacoma TRD though. When I found out the increase in track for the new TRD was just wheel offset-I knew they were just phoning it in. Why spend so much R&D on those stupid seats when you could have r&d'd longer arms or a front locker.

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    • Lou_BC Lou_BC on Jun 02, 2023

      Mricky: LOL.

      I just learned the set up a few years ago. It's a way to set up with 2 snatch blocks that gives you 4 times the pulling power. a 10k winch will be able to pull equivalent to 40k.