Chevrolet and AEV are going to make more Colorado ZR2 Bisons for the 2020 model year.
“Capacity will be increased for 2020,” AEV marketing manager Matt Felderman told Muscle Cars & Trucks. “They are going to increase production. We’re not sure what the exact number is… but maybe 2,500.”
When the Colorado ZR2 Bison was announced late last year, pre-sale volume was such that the entire 2,000 allocation was sold out before the first Bison was even delivered to customers. Demand so outstripped supply that this year, GM and American Expedition Vehicles are going to increase the supply just a bit to make sure that more people can get their hands on a Bison.
“You want the vehicle to be hard enough to get, but not so hard that the people are going to have to pay markups for it. They’re not at every dealership but if you looked a little bit you could find one,” Feldermann added.
“If it was up to me, I'd be very cautious with how far you’d increase Bison volume… You wouldn’t want to make the jump to, say, 6,000 units and get real aggressive because the last thing you want is to have half of them unsold at the end of the model year, and then next year the dealers won’t want one.”
The Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison is based on the ZR2 trim but with added off-road goodies from AEV. Extra parts include boron steel skid plates, an optional snorkel, 31-inch Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac off-road tires, and Multimatic DSSV dampers. The Bison was available in either 3.6-L V6 or 2.7-L Duramax diesel forms, with both running power through an 8-speed automatic transmission.
It also wasn’t cheap, starting at just over $48,000 excluding taxes and fees. Nonetheless, the Bison sold out almost immediately at that price. Expect that number to climb a bit for 2020 even though the truck itself is expected to be mostly the same. A facelift should arrive for the 2021 model year before the Colorado is redesigned for 2023.
(source: Muscle Cars & Trucks)