As the news of General Motors’ collaboration with the US military still looms fresh in every automobile enthusiast’s mind, the much anticipated Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 made its debut earlier this week. To those in the dark, this is a customized project – the ZH2 is mainly build to navigate through war zones. But can GM manage to deliver a quality asset? Let’s delve deeper into what we know so far.
Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 – Exterior and Interior Design
Right from the outset, the Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 pretty much looks like a mean machine from the future. While some aspects of the vehicle have been borrowed from the Colorado pickup, you can’t help but notice the amount of reworking the entire body has gone through. Thanks to a brand new suspension system and 37-inch mud terrain tires, the high ground clearance is one of the first things you’ll admire. The hood houses a monstrous fuel cell powertrain that drives the beast, and the both bumpers at the back and the front compliment this bulge with their own D-ring shackles and other LED elements.
With the interiors, GM has played it safe by sticking to the tested and proven formula of the Colorado pickup. But doesn’t mean that the ZH2 is completely devoid of any worth mentions. The floor mats now cover the entire area and are designed to repel mud. There’s a two-speed electronic transfer case that just about manages to push the ZH2 on any kind of terrain. Apart from these changes, the dashboard, center console and door panels pretty much remain the same with minor branding and color changes.
Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 – Engine Performance
Being a classified military project, not much is known about the hydrogen fuel cell powertrain. Various sources do tell us that the Chevy’s drivetrain is virtually silent. And thus is also able to achieve a very low heat signature. It’s also rumored to have a massive torque to provide instant acceleration, allowing the ZH2 to swallow even the steepest of terrains. Another groundbreaking feature of the fuel cell is its ability to operate without producing any by-products. One of the cells does produce a by-product through, and its water. Nobody can complain about that. Lastly, the EPTO (Exportable Power Take-Off unit) is amazingly capable of powering activity away from the vehicle itself. If all these features hold water, we’re looking at the top class, a high-performance utility vehicle that could tread anywhere.
Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 – Release Date and Price
The ZH2 is still a concept vehicle, currently in its early stages of development. We could relate this to other on-going military projects. If everything sails smoothly, we could see the Chevy being inducted into service and deployed for operation in the next 5 years.
Considering all that cutting edge technology that GM has managed to pack into the Chevrolet Colorado ZH2. The military could be spending well into the millions. We could only speculate as to how many units are in for production. But this venture turns out to be a long term investment, both parties might be able to eke out talks regarding an amicable deal. But for what’s on offer, every penny is definitely worth the expenditure.