While I absolutely loved the new Chevy Colorado, I was left with a feeling that Chevy could have done a bit better in prepping the Z71 Off-Road package for actual off-roading. It wasn’t so much a matter of ruggedness in the chassis, but more based on the need for a bit higher of suspension, and a full set of locking differentials. What I really wanted was the Colorado ZR2 Concept we saw in LA last year.
While Chevy has kept mum about whether or not the ZR2 concept will actually make production, other outside firms are determined to give the production Colorado the same level of performance that the ZR2 would be able to give. One company in particular has some truly interesting pieces ready to bolt straight onto your new truck.
Based out of Riverside, Icon Vehicle Dynamics are best known for taking stock trucks and turning them into essentially off-road racing Trophy Trucks. However, for the new Colorado, they went a bit milder, but no less robust. Icon upgraded the entire suspension on the Colorado with FK rod ends, Eibach springs that feature remote reservoir coilover shocks, and compression damping control valves that allow you to adjust the shocks while on the move.
The sum total of all these new goodies is a 3-inch lift that definitely won’t have any problem conquering snow drifts or sand dunes. The kit is now available for the 2015 Colorado and comes in five different stages. We think it’s time to retest the Colorado. Here’s a short clip of the truck in action with all the new parts.