No chance in hell we’ll ever see them, though.
American carmaker Chevrolet have announced a plethora of upgrades for its US-market Colorado mid-sized ute, aimed to sharpen its appeal ahead of the thing in the face of increased competition from Ford’s Ranger Raptor. While there are no upgrades under the bonnet, Chevrolet have wasted no time going to town everywhere else, now offering a range of 15 racing upgrades to turn it from what they’d consider to be a pretty good ute into an outstanding off-road monster.
It starts with the suspension: There are revised Multimatic DSSV dampers for the front and rear axles, increasing travel by 15% and 10% respectively. There are also secondary shocks (almost a requirement when tackling off-road terrain at high speeds), which are nitrogen-charged for better performance. These work in tandem with the optional Jounce Striker/Lead Spring Mount System that together, help the Colorado from bottoming-out over big bumps.
It’s also been given a lift, thanks to long-travel leaf springs that move the rear axle, allowing for better ride-height and improved capability. Ride height is effectively increased 30mm, while the rear gains 280mm of travel thanks to those leaf springs.
The drivetrain wasn’t completely ignored in this exercise, as a steel driveshaft is offered as a cost-option to improve ground-clearance marginally. Chevrolet is still working on a kit of ball-spline half-shafts, that when installed, allow for greater articulation and reduce steering-wheel feedback during hard cornering.
All of the parts mentioned above are available today from authorised Chevrolet retailers, with some items on hold until different release dates in 2019. It’s worth bearing in mind that these parts are designed exclusively for the US-market Colorado, which isn’t even remotely related to the one we get here. That said, we do get the HSV SportsCat, which isn’t half bad once you look past its scatty name…