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How We’d Build It: 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

One of the most anticipated new vehicles this year, especially in the truck world, is the all-new 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2. Chevrolet’s lovable midsize truck gets a serious dose of off-road credentials to make the ZR2 one of the most-capable pickup trucks period. If we had the money, how would we build it?

Playing around on Build and Price tools, like Chevrolet’s, is a fun way to waste an afternoon. For today’s fun, we figured we’d configure up a new ZR2 the way we’d want it, and share our build with you.

Hold on because it’s going to get expensive!

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To start off, we want to select the Crew Cab with the Short Box in Deepwood Green Metallic. Then we immediately select the $3,500 Duramax diesel engine. If you ask anyone who has drive the Colorado in both diesel and gasoline versions, they’ll tell you the diesel is the best version of the truck. It is.

Though the 3.6L gasoline with the new 8-speed automatic is tempting, it’s not tempting enough to sway us off the torquey diesel.

We add the Premium Interior Package for $750 that gives us a rubber floor for dirt and some interior lighting that’ll help us find stuff under the seat at night.

We check the $495 box for navigation, even though the radio supports Android Auto and Apple Car Play. Having the maps built-in definitely won’t hurt, and our favorite off-road park doesn’t have good cell reception.

While these next options are purely cosmetic, one of our biggest complaints about the new ZR2 is that we’re not sure it looks as badass as it is. So we want to add the “Colorado”-branded Off-road Sport Bar for $1,145 and the Off-road Lights for $1,195. We think it makes the truck look more the part, and we don’t care if you think that’s dumb.

Black bowties for $155 round out our build, which brings our grand total to $50,360 including the $995 destination and handling charge.

How would you build your truck? Let us know in the comments below!

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About Chad Kirchner

Chad Kirchner is the Editor-in-Chief of Future Motoring, along with the main host and producer of the Future Motoring podcast. In addition to his work here, he's a freelance automotive journalist for outlets around the world.

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