Chevy Unleashes Turbo-Diesel ZR-2 Concept at 2014 LA Auto Show

Chevy introduced a new Colorado ZR-2 concept midsize pickup at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.

“From the bold stance to the trail-ready special equipment, the Colorado ZR2 is all about the fun of driving where the pavement ends – and doing it in characteristic Chevy style,” said Tony Johnson, Colorado marketing manager. “Chevrolet has a heritage of the ZR2 representing the ultimate in production-based off-road capability and we’ll gauge the public’s interest in this concept as we continue to explore the possibilities for the all-new Colorado.”

I’m sure some attendees will like the wider stance, the new headlight assembly, and the greater approach and departure angles – 30.7 and 22.7 degrees that cut front and rear overhang.

I like the new 2.8-liter four cylinder turbo diesel.  A 2.8 liter four.  Otherwise known as a big-ass four cylinder engine.

Others will like the improved off-road capability, thanks to better shocks, integrated skid plates, flip-out tow hooks and a built-in winch.

I like that the new Duramax diesel generates 181 horsepower and 369 lb/ft of torque.  And the 6-speed automatic transmission.

I wonder when we’ll start to see this diesel as an option in everyday truck offerings.  I don’t think GM intends for RAM to be the only marque that offers a turbo diesel in a midsize truck.  I think this Duramax diesel would be a perfect addition to the lineup of powertrain options.

 

 

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