The Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison has been given a tray bed from American Expedition Vehicles for even more storage capacity.
Do you ever look at your Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison and think to yourself, “Man, I wish this thing could carry a few bales of hay.” Well, your prayers may about to be answered courtesy of the fine folks over at American Expedition Vehicles (AEV).
AEV were the people that GM turned to when they were first making the ZR2 Bison. Before, the ZR2 was a fine truck but was missing much of the off-road flare that other pickups have, such as a snorkel and enough armor plating to defeat an IED, let alone a stray tree branch. But AEV fixed all that and turned the Colorado into the best off-road beast that it can be.
The Colorado Bison came with a fine bed capable of stowing almost anything you needed to carry, but there’s always that question of what happens if you just needed to carry a little more? We’re not sure who was asking that question, but AEV answered it with another concept Colorado called the Tray Bed Concept.
Built to show off at the Overland Expo West show in Flagstaff, Arizona, the Tray Bed Concept underwent extensive testing in the Altar Desert prior to its appearance in Flagstaff. The primary feature of the concept is the oft-mentioned tray bed, which provides the Bison with a wider, flatter surface for carrying things that can’t be stacked inside the deeper recesses of the Bison’s regular bed.
In addition to the new tray bed, this concept comes equipped with GM Performance upgrades such as a leveling kit, new upper control arms, tie-rod sleeves, and a tougher steel driveshaft. It also has new fender flares at 35-inch off-road tires which have more room to maneuver thanks to the larger fender flares.
Unfortunately, AEV is saying this is just a concept to gauge public interest in the tray bed and fenders. For now. If the Tray Bed Concept is well received, we might see AEV start selling these parts for Bison owners some day.