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Chevrolet's sporty Colorado ZR2 is getting a more rugged variant with the new ZR2 Bison, which comes out of a collaboration with American Expedition Vehicles.

Chevy's newest mid-size pickup is designed to take the ZR2's off-roading capabilities to the next level, with undercarriage protection and five skid plates made of hot-stamped boron steel — designed by AEV — that cover the oil pan, fuel tank, transfer case and front and rear locking differentials.

AEV also lends its expertise to the ZR2 Bison's stamped steel front and rear bumpers. The front bumper is adorned with standard fog lights and winch provisions. Recovery points are integrated into the rear bumper. 

Bison decals grace the bed sides, with an AEV Bison logo on the tailgate. Inside, the AEV logo is embroidered on floor liners and front head restraints.

The Bison will not carry the Chevrolet bowtie on its grille, instead boasting a flow-through "Chevrolet" on the front end. The Colorado's full-size Silverado sibling also ditched the bowtie on certain trim levels for the 2019 model year.

Available options on the Bison include an 186-horsepower, 2.8-liter, six-speed Duramax turbo-diesel engine and a choice of crew or extended cab. An available third-party accessory snorkel for the Bison from AEV will also be compatible with all Colorado pickup variants.

The 2019 Colorado ZR2 Bison goes on sale in January 2019.

nnaughton@detroitnews.com

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