Chevy seems determined to increase its visibility among off-road enthusiasts, slowly but surely. At last year's LA Auto Show, it showed the aggressive Colorado ZR2 concept pickup. Although the company hasn't given any official word on whether that model will make it through to production, it is offering impatient dirt lovers a novelty prize in the meantime. The 2016 Colorado Z71 Trail Boss lights up the dirt with several key off-road features.
The Trail Boss gets an off-road suspension package from the Z71-trim base. From there, Chevy adds a sport bar with LED trail lighting and a set of Goodyear Wrangler DuraTec 265/65R17 all-terrain tires wrapped around black 17-in aluminum wheels. Above those tires, flared fenders add a bit of visual aggression, and between them, tubular steps temper that aggression with some good old fashioned hospitality. A spray-on bedliner and black grille emblem finish the exterior, while a set of all-weather floor mats keeps the interior tidy.
The Trail Boss is a far cry from the ZR2, but it definitely has a distinct, trail-hungry look to it. The bed-mounted sport bar and LEDs do a good job of distinguishing it as a more fun, off-road-oriented version of the Colorado.
Chevy plans to announce pricing closer to the package's Northern Hemisphere Fall 2015 launch. The 2015 Colorado Trail Boss package, which was a bit different from this one, added US$3,320 to the price of the midsize pickup.