Chevy Colorado ZR2 Dominates Iconic Rubicon Trail (Video)
Rock crawling? Pshh, the ZR2 ain’t afraid of no stinkin’ rock climbing.
One of the toughest things for engineers to do is to create an off-roading vehicle that can handle the intense rigors of rock crawling, while being comfortable for daily use. The Rubicon Trail in California is one of the most iconic rock-crawling trails in the United States, pushing purpose-built machines to the limits because of steep climbs, jagged rocks, and a low making for error. Heck, Jeep even named a Wrangler after the trail.
In the third video showcasing just how capable the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 is at off-roading, the automaker took the truck to the trail and put it up against some massive rocks.
The test mules faired extremely well thanks to the Colorado ZR2’s lengthy list of standard off-roading features. Things like front and rear electronic locking differentials, Multimatic DSSV dampers with increased wheel travel, along with skid plates for the oil pan, radiator, and transfer case, which are all standard, helped the pickup truck climb up the trail, which is something that heavily modified Jeeps have problems with.
In addition to having mechanical components that help make the Colorado ZR2 better at off-roading, the pickup truck also features special body components that really help it get up jagged trails. The functional rock sliders and the tapered front and rear bumpers give the truck better ground clearance, ensuring that drivers don’t rip body parts off of the vehicle. Because driving home with parts of the body hanging off of the truck isn’t exactly convenient.
While the majority of Colorado ZR2 owners won’t take their trucks on insanely difficult rock-climbing paths like the Rubicon Trail, it’s good to see that Chevrolet engineered the truck to be able to tackle one of the toughest rock-climbing trails around. It’s okay if you’re in awe of what the Colorado ZR2 can do, because it’s impressive.