• Chevy’s most off-road-oriented midsized truck goes on sale in January
  • AEV components add further protection and durability
  • 2019 Colorado ZR2 Bison will start at $48,045 for extended cab model


Chevrolet has announced how much it will cost to get into its Colorado ZR2 Bison, the most off-road oriented version of its midsize pickup truck. Including the $995 destination charge, the 2019 Colorado ZR2 Bison will start at $48,045 for an extended cab V6 model, and $49,645 for a crew cab version.

This starting price is a $5,750 hike over the already highly capable Colorado ZR2, but Chevy says the price tag is easily justifiable given the hardware that makes the Colorado Bison such a capable off-roader.

As we previously reported, the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison was developed in conjunction with aftermarket specialist American Expedition Vehicles. This adventure-ready midsize truck features additional skid plates, specialized steel bumpers on the front and rear, specialized Multimatic dampers, and front and rear locking differentials.

In addition to the extra protection of five skid plates and the specialized bumpers with provisions for a winch, the Bison distinguishes itself from the standard Colorado ZR2 with its 31-inch Goodyear Wrangler Duratec off-road tires and Bison-specific 17-inch wheels, specialized Chevrolet lettering in the grille, and its own “AEV Bison” logos inside and out.

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Factory warranty, installation built into cost

Chevy says that similar aftermarket parts could easily cost the same amount or more, and with the Colorado ZR2 Bison, you get the benefits and assurance of a full factory warranty, plus installation.

The 2019 Colorado ZR2 Bison can be further amped up with a snorkel from AEV and can be fitted with GM’s 2.8-liter turbodiesel 4-cylinder engine in lieu of the standard 3.6-liter gasoline V6. The standard V6 puts out 308 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque, while the diesel makes 186 horsepower and 369 lb-ft. The V6 is linked to an 8-speed automatic, while the diesel uses a 6-speed auto.

The new Bison version of the Colorado ZR2 is set to go on sale in January. But stay tuned to KBB before then, as we are set to test-drive this new truck next week for our sneak preview of how it performs. 

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