General Motors has been receiving high praise from the off-road community for its high-performance Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 pickup truck since its release earlier this year.
Now it seems the automaker may turn its attention to an entirely different customer base.
Spy photographers recently caught a modified Colorado ZR2 optimized for utility service during testing in Milford, Mich. The truck keeps its aggressive styling and trademark wheels, adding a beefed-up suspension and utility tool boxes in lieu of a pickup bed. There’s even a snorkel.
General Motors may be interested in courting commercial buyers for the Colorado. Some utility companies are looking for greater capability in a smaller package than the full-size Silverado.
This is not the first time GM has shown a ZR2 utility concept. During the media launch of the ZR2, the support vehicle for the event was a ZR2 utility truck. That vehicle, as explained in this video by Cars.com, featured an extra one-inch lift in the suspension. It also had 33-inch tires as opposed to the stock ZR2’s 31-inch tires.
A quick scroll through the comments of that video shows that viewers began to daydream about using the ZR2 utility truck in their own lines of work. Some of the ideal industries tossed around included gas and oil pipelines, forestry, heating and air conditioning service and logging.
The prototype tested by GM recently appears to have taken the ZR2 utility concept a step further. Engineers added the snorkel, white LED reverse lights, a revised rear bumper and ZR2 logo on the tailgate.
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