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After years of watching the market for compact and midsize pickup trucks dry up, we're finally starting to see some genuinely exciting events unfold. Aside from bringing the first all-new vehicle to this market in years, not to mention an upcoming diesel engine, Automotive News reports that Chevy is considering the development of a special off-road version of the 2015 Chevy Colorado, which could bring back the ZR2 moniker.

Introduced in 1994 on the Chevy S-10 (and most recently used on a 2009 SEMA concept truck), the ZR2 trim level brought extensive modifications for better off-road driving, which gave the S-10 and Blazer things like a wider track, lifted suspension, meaty tires and upgraded axles and suspension. It isn't clear what kind of changes Chevy would make to Colorado ZR2, but in speaking with AN, GM North America President Mark Reuss indicated that there is room above the Colorado Z71 for an off-road variant.

In addition to the possible ZR2 model, Chevy will – cue the angelic chorus – definitely offer the Colorado with a manual transmission. Left out of the official press release from the truck's LA Auto Show debut, AN says that this transmission will be available only on the extended-cab, two-wheel-drive WT trim level.


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      MJC
      • 1 Year Ago
      So we are offering a manual...YAY! On the model no one wants...D'OH!
        Focused Driver
        • 1 Year Ago
        @MJC
        The WT trim is the one Colorado I'd be willing to buy, as it's the only model without a touch screen stereo.
          MJC
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Focused Driver
          And only on RWD models...who wants a RWD truck? Nobody in the northern half of the US, that's for sure.
          Gordon Chen
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Focused Driver
          But only on the extended cab WT, not the crew cab WT. That's a shame, cuz some manual drivers need to haul friends. I don't get the logic behind that.
      joshthebikepilot
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would absolutely love a truck this size with a 6spd manual, 2-spd tcase, and genuinely modern drivetrain (diesel would be good, but I'm open to a really modern, efficient, gas engine as well). I also want all that available in the comfy version, not just the WT version Mr. Chevy!
      DraGuLa
      • 1 Year Ago
      If this trucks start selling better than (or close to) their new full-size trucks, you can forget Ford bringing the global Ranger to NA. I have a feeling the Colorado will do just that. It\'s such a better looking truck than the full-size GM\'s.
        The Wasp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @DraGuLa
        I am pretty loyal to Ford but if the Colorado makes a case for itself, I could see buying one. (Actually, what I'm more hopeful of is that the new Colorado will cause used small truck prices to dip and I can buy a lightly used Ranger or previous-gen Colorado.) GM/Ford/Dodge, if you're listening, I'm one of the people who will not pay as much for a small truck as a big truck. It would be awesome if you tried making a low-cost small truck [like the ones you already sell in other countries].
      Steven
      • 1 Year Ago
      If this truck takes off, Ford will just have to bring the Ranger back. I've seen the Global Ranger and its a very nice truck. Model I saw was a 4 door with a 5 foot bed 4x4 and a diesel with manual trans. Toyota will be forced to update the tacoma
      Eric Sibley
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'll second about every other comment in this thread. I've got the hot's for this truck, but I'm only gonna' buy it if I can get 3 key options - a manual tranny, 4x4 and a quad cab. I guess I'm not the only 'weird' guy out there that puts a premium on rowing my own. Hell, I'll pay MORE for it. Come on Chevy, throw us a bone.
      jesscott
      • 1 Year Ago
      Automotive news reports that a 6 speed manual will be available in the base model with the 4 banger. But come on, I have a 5 speed in my Ranger with the V6 and it rules when towing and flogging the truck in mud and snow. Come on Chevy pony up and give all the engines a manual tranny for those of us that know how to drive.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice truck.
      Paul P.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Diesel Manual Transmission 4 Wheel Drive Is it really that hard to just offer these three options together GM? I mean, come on. You can get the stick, but only in 2wd with a gas engine? What a joke.
        Basil Exposition
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Paul P.
        In this day and age you should be rejoicing that a stick is available at all not complaining it is not available in all configurations.
        Mobis21
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Paul P.
        As Basil stated you should be "rejoicing" and not whining that GM is offering a stick in this truck. If the take rate on the manual exceeds supply then GM could produce a drivetrain package that meets your expectation. Until then, just be grateful that this truck is even available in our market.
          askroon
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Mobis21
          Why should we rejoice and be grateful when GM doesn't build the car we want to buy? So close - but it is not a compromise I'm willing to make.
          SheldonRoss
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Mobis21
          Except the exact opposite happens, no one buys the manual because they don't want a base 2x4 and GM declares "We offered a manual but no one bought it, the manual must be dead!"
          Greg
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Mobis21
          No, they don't buy the manual because they don't want the manual.
          stonehunte
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Mobis21
          Yeah because the guys wanting a crew cab 4x4 diesel that is also a manual are going to forgo the crew cab, 4x4, and diesel, just to get a manual. Probably not going to happen, and I for one will not buy the truck at all if the manual is not available in that configuration. Very few people want a manual bad enough that they would drive a 2wd, W/T model just to get it.
      Adam
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well, that confirms it. Manual on the base shitty edition = no buy. When I got my 4Runner, manual was paired with the premium package. When I got my Acura, same thing. Manual got you the faster engine, leather, etc. Manual = premium, not **** model. Why is Chevy so confused. I walked out on a Subaru dealership 3 months back, and again on Mazda. They wouldn't give me nav-radio, leather, and sunroof with their manual transmission. Maybe someone at Chevy will sprout some brain-cells by the 2016 Diesel model?
        Radioactive Flea
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Adam
        Curious. You say Chevy is confused but you fail mention that the 4 Runner does not come in a Manual. It hasn’t for many years. Neither does any Acura worth buying. Then you note the Subaru and Mazda deficiencies in the same regard and yet only Chevrolet needs brain cells?
        The Wasp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Adam
        Manual is definitely not premium but I agree that more flexibility would be nice. On the other hand, it's a shame if the majority of buyers (who don't want manuals) have to subsidize the choice for the noisy minority.
      Jon
      • 1 Year Ago
      Tacoma continues to be the only 4wd manual truck left, and continues to be the only truck I'll buy.
        85-300ZX
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jon
        Nissan still offers them on the frontier, but good luck finding one on the lot.
        boosted
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jon
        GIVE THIS A PUSHROD V8!!!!! IRS should be mandatory. Solid axle is a joke.
          Lyle Bailey
          • 1 Year Ago
          @boosted
          Buy a Ridgeline then, it's the only one without a solid axle, while the rest of us buy the new Chevys
          • 1 Year Ago
          @boosted
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        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jon
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        Jack
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jon
        You can buy a Frontier with a 6 speed manual as well and frankly, it is a better motor.
      ebn.hahn
      • 1 Year Ago
      "ALL New Product to Market"!!!???. That is a STRETCH>>> this is the same Colorado that failed in the past. with a hediuos Grille...
      jmstro04
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ugh. I want a manual on a 4x4.
        Gordon Chen
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jmstro04
        They should consider manual across the board, not just extended cab WT. I would like it on a crew cab WT.
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