Although the Chevy Colorado hasn’t had a ton of time to make an impression on buyers, this may have changed with the arrival of the Colorado Z71 Trail Boss 3.0 Concept. This concept of the off-roading version of the Chevrolet makes Chevy fans everywhere want to see one at their Chevrolet car dealership. While we’re not totally sure this one will make it to the production stand, the odds are looking favorable for this custom midsize truck.
In addition to being on a 2016 Colorado, Chevy has added some features from the Colorado in addition to some custom features to make this truck seem pretty appealing to off-roaders and street drivers alike. The truck’s sharp design along with its custom paint job and impressive features make it not quite as normal as it may appear in showrooms.
Here are five facts about the Chevy Colorado Z71 Trail Boss 3.0 Concept.
1. Features an Off-Road Suspension Package
The Colorado Z71 Trail Boss 3.0 is all about being off-road. This means Chevy really delivered when it comes to the Colorado’s off-roading capabilities. In addition to having all-terrain tires that are equipped to tackle any terrain you’re in, the Colorado also features an off-road suspension package. The truck seems to sit pretty high off the ground and features 4WD, 17-inch wheels that are aluminum painted black with Goodyear DuraTrac tires that are specialized to be all-terrain, and a G80 automatic locking rear differential.
The off-road suspension package also comes with other features that make the Colorado Z71 Trail Boss 3.0 even more equipped for your off-road journey, including front recovery hooks, floor mats that are designed to withstand any weather, and a sport bar in the back that features LED lighting. The all-terrain tires paired with the suspension kit may be the best thing about this vehicle and speaks to the fact that the Colorado Trail Boss 3.0 is ready for anything.
The truck has also been likened for Ford’s F-150 Raptor when it comes to off-roading capabilities. Ford’s Raptor is pretty popular due to its horsepower and performance off the beaten path. The Colorado looks like it’s about ready for anything with the heightened truck body and off-road suspension kit.
2. It Outshines Its Predecessors
The 3.0 Trail Boss outshines the former makes that Chevy featured for sure. The first Trail Boss had off-roading tires but little else to give it off-roading capabilities. The second Trail Boss had a little more to offer, although still not quite as much as it needed. The second version included a light bar in the bed with lamps that were off-road, but did little in the way of height. This left off-roaders wanting a little more from the Z71 off-road package. With a truck that’s not any higher than stock, how will you navigate the more aggressive terrains?
Chevy clearly took a critical look at their Z71 Trail Boss and improved it so that the 3.0 Concept would impress Chevy lovers as well as off-roading lovers to combine the best of their interests in the Colorado. The 3.0 Concept did away with side steps and instead included rock rails. Chevy also got rid of the front air dam, which could be the reason why this truck looks to be sitting a little higher.
The performance air intake is custom as well as the exhaust, so this truck has a better chance of impressing buyers than the former makes. The Chevy Colorado Z71 Trail Boss 3.0 Concept also features the Crew Cab, which gives the truck a somewhat sportier and more athletic look. The 3.0 Concept is by far the best version of the Trail Boss that Chevy has had to offer!
3. Incorporates Custom Features
While the Trail Boss does incorporate some features that are available with the standard 2016 Chevy Colorado, it also offers some custom features that buyers have yet to see at dealerships. Although the production of the Colorado Z71 Trail Boss 3.0 Concept isn’t in the making yet, the features that this truck incorporate appeal to truck enthusiasts, particularly those who want special edition midsize trucks. Many midsize truck buyers don’t want a standard truck; they want some great features on a special edition that’s going to give them the customization and sharp look they’re going for.
This truck features sill plates that are stainless steel, the bright red color that’s currently available with the Colorado (Red Hot), wide fender flares to give it a more aggressive look, black Chevy emblems that have LED lighting in the front and rear, as well as rear steps to access the bed and a sport bar in the back complete with LED lighting. This is all just for the exterior, too.
The exterior flashy red paint job is also offset by black rally stripes and a black bar on the tailgate. Combine this with the black bowtie emblems that are lit up with LED lights and you’ve got a pretty custom truck with a custom paint job not yet seen on a Chevy.
4. It’s Got an Impressive Interior
Chevy didn’t just make a pretty exterior in order to appeal to Chevy lovers. They also ensured that the interior of the Colorado Z71 Trail Boss 3.0 would impress as well. The interior includes ambient lighting with brushed metal trim, the Z71 logo on the seating, floor mats that can handle all weather, an 8-inch touchscreen for your entertainment needs, and even available Wi-Fi.
The Colorado Trail Boss also comes with the safety technology that’s available with the standard Colorado such as a rear vision camera, Forward Collision Alert, and Lane Departure Warning. Combine this with the triple-sealed doors for a quiet ride, a thick windshield, and the Bose sound system and you’re good to go for an off-roading adventure that’ll be just as rugged as it is comfortable.
Chevy certainly didn’t skip on the interior for this truck!
5. Comes in Diesel
To make the Trail Boss 3.0 Concept even better, it’s available in diesel! This is love at first sight for diesel lovers everywhere, knowing that a midsize truck as sharp-looking as the Colorado is available in diesel. The 2.8L Duramax turbo diesel gives you the desired power for a midsize truck. This is truly unique to Chevy as none of their competitors offer a midsize truck that’s diesel-powered.
In addition to being available in a diesel engine, this increases the towing maximum of the Colorado to 7,700 pounds, which is up a full 700 pounds from the 3.6L V6 engine. The fact that this vehicle is available in diesel will appeal to many buyers, and the increased towing capacity makes your truck’s capabilities even more accessible when you’re on the road.
The Chevy Colorado Z71 Trail Boss 3.0 Concept has come a long way from what it was originally manufactured to be. With its custom paint job, LED lighting, and great off-roading capabilities, Chevy has stepped up its game to impress midsize truck lovers with this vehicle. All this is combined with the technology of the 2016 Colorado along with some impressive interior features and improved suspension and performance air intake. This truck is ready for anything!