The 2024 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison boasts exclusive enhancements, including broader fender flares, a robust full-width steel front bumper with winch compatibility, and a rear bumper featuring durable steel corner plates from American Expedition Vehicles. Beneath the truck, you'll find a comprehensive shield of five skid plates crafted from Boron steel, providing extensive coverage for critical components like the fuel tank and rear differential, instilling drivers with enhanced confidence when navigating rugged terrain. Moreover, the Bison comes standard with sturdy steel rock rails.
The spotlight, however, shines brightest on the Bison's exceptional off-road ready tires. Using Goodyear Wrangler Territory Mud-Terrain tires sized at LT315/70R-17, which Chevrolet conveniently rounds up to 35 inches, these tires set the Bison apart. With the exception of the heavy-duty Silverado 2500HD ZR2, the Colorado ZR2 Bison stands as the sole truck bearing the Chevy brand to feature factory-installed 35-inch tires.
In order to accommodate the larger 35-inch tires, Chevrolet made several modifications to the ZR2. The wheel openings on the front fenders were enlarged to make room for the tires. Additionally, the front axle of the third-generation Colorado was moved forward by 3.1 inches. The Bison boasts front and rear tracks that measure 66.3 inches, which is nearly an inch wider than the regular ZR2. Thanks in large part to the taller tires, the Bison sits 1.5 inches higher than its counterpart, with a slight suspension lift also contributing to the increased height.
What elevates the Colorado ZR2 Bison into the realm of extreme off-road capability is its hydraulic front and rear bump stops, known as "Jounce Control Dampers," supplied by Multimatic. These specialized components are designed to endure the rigors of aggressive off-road driving, providing added resilience. While real bison may not possess the ability to leap, the ZR2 version certainly can, and its upgraded bump stops are there to cushion any hard landings that might occur during enthusiastic off-road excursions.
Should the Bison encounter a flat tire, it comes equipped with a full-size 35-inch spare securely mounted in the cargo bed. Unlike its predecessor, which also had a bed-mounted spare tire, the new truck's spare carrier is positioned at the front of the five-foot-two-inch bed rather than in the center. Although it may not have the same visual appeal, this new placement preserves most of the truck bed's usable space, avoids obstructing the rearview mirror, and allows for the installation of an aftermarket cab topper without any interference.
The Bison enjoys the advantage of Multimatic spool-valve dampers, the same ones featured in the regular ZR2. However, in the case of the Bison, these dampers have undergone retuning to accommodate the additional weight of the truck. Chevrolet reports that the Bison is slightly more than 300 pounds heavier compared to the regular ZR2. The Bison retains the suspension specifications of the ZR2, offering 9.9 inches of front travel and 11.6 inches of rear travel.
In contrast to the standard model, the Bison gains an additional 1.5 inches of ground clearance, now totaling 12.2 inches. Although the AEV bumper slightly reduces its approach angle from 38.6 to 38.2 degrees, the Bison makes up for it with superior breakover and departure angles, measuring 26.9 degrees and 26.0 degrees, respectively, as compared to the standard ZR2's 24.8 degrees and 25.2 degrees.
The Bison incorporates a fully digital gauge cluster paired with an expansive 11.3-inch touchscreen featuring wireless compatibility for Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™. Standard driver assistance features encompass automated emergency braking, automatic high beams, and lane-keeping assist. Additionally, for those seeking advanced capabilities, adaptive cruise control is an optional extra, albeit at an additional cost.
When it comes to in-cabin amenities, the Bison is just as attention-getting as the exterior. There’s plenty of room for up to five people in the two-row crew cab, as well as ample space for storage.
The Bison is equipped with a high-output turbocharged 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers an impressive 310 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque. It comes mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and boasts all-wheel drive, along with electronic locking front and rear differentials as standard features. When it comes to towing, the Bison can handle up to 5,500 pounds, and its payload capacity reaches 1,050 pounds.
For the 2024 model year, the Bison introduces a new launch control feature that can be activated while in Baja mode. Activating this function is as simple as selecting the setting using the rotary knob on the center console, pressing the brake pedal, flooring the throttle, and releasing the brake for a quick launch. Chevrolet notes that the launch mode is also intelligent enough to adapt to various surface conditions, automatically detecting whether the truck is on dirt, gravel, or sand.
When you’re ready to tackle your off-roading dreams, come see us at Chevrolet Center in Winter Haven, FL. We’ll help you navigate your way into a brand-new 2024 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison, and you can hit the road knowing you’re ready to tackle any terrain you encounter.