Has the 2015 Chevy Colorado been biding its time at the middle-management level of off-road prowess, just waiting for the opportunity to move to the (outdoor) executive suite? Puzzled by this weird mashup of corporate talk and pickup trucks? So are we, but that’s where the newest edition of Chevy’s mid-size truck has led us: Meet the Colorado Z71 Trail Boss.
Starting with the already well-equipped Z71 package, the Trail Boss adds a dash of factory-spec off-road ability without entering the hard-core territory of much larger trucks like the Ford Raptor and the Ram Power Wagon. The Trail Boss wears 265/65 Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires on 17-inch aluminum wheels with painted gray pockets. Black fender flares and blacked-out bow-tie logos continue the darkened theme.
The Trail Boss brings with it an auto-locking rear diff, front tow hooks, a spray-in bedliner, projector headlights, a set of fog lights, and tubular side steps. Four-wheel-drive models get a transfer-case skid plate, but the package can be selected on 2WD models for all of your pre-runner fantasies. The $3320 package is available with your choice of a four-cylinder or V-6 engine, extended-cab or crew-cab body style, and with either of the two available bed lengths. Sure, it’s no Raptor, and neither is it a third as bad-ass as the Colorado ZR2 concept from last fall, which packed Duramax turbo-diesel power and some superaggressive bumpers and rolling stock. But if all you’re looking for is a slight bump in off-roadability and you’re not interested in the hulking full-size pickups, the Trail Boss would seem to be worth a look.