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Mike Stevens | Nov, 21 2014 | 2 Comments

GM’s American-market Chevrolet Colorado - a restyled and uniquely equipped take on the Holden Colorado offered here - has been given a massive makeover for this week’s LA Auto Show.

This new concept, which revives the US market’s ZR2 badge, sees the muscular Colorado kitted out with new off-roading goodies and, more importantly, a powerful new diesel option.

Driving the Colorado ZR2 is GM’s latest 2.8 litre Duramax diesel, producing 134kW at 3400rpm and a hefty 500Nm at 2000rpm.

The appearance of that powerful diesel mill in the US-market Colorado is an important first for the brand, but there’s more to the ZR2 than its powerplant.

"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 new Colorado,” Chevrolet’s Tony Johnson said at the LA Auto Show.

Among the ZR2’s unique features is an even wider body that grows by 102mm over the already widened Chevrolet Colorado, accommodating a wider track for the big off-roading 275/65R18 rubber at each corner.

There’s also a new front- and rear-end setup that allows greater approach and departure angles, improved to 30.7 and 22.7 degrees respectively.

There’s also a 50mm suspension lift, skid plates, 18-inch aluminium wheels with bead locks, blacked-out headlights, a power-dome bonnet feature, a mean new grille and an integrated winch.

America’s Colorado is a markedly different beast to what we get here, but we could yet see some of these off-roading goodies offered at Australian dealerships.

Back home, Holden has launched a series of updates to the local Colorado. Read more here.

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