Chevrolet expands the Colorado lineup with the off-road Z71 Trail Runner and street-focused RST

Both models will be available in either two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.

The 2019 Chevrolet Colorado.
The 2019 Chevrolet Colorado. –Chevrolet

Two special-edition models will soon join the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado midsize truck lineup: the Colorado RST and the Colorado Z71 Trail Runner.

Chevrolet will offer the 2019 Colorado RST, which stands for “Rally Sport Truck,” with a handful of exterior upgrades but no performance-oriented changes. The Colorado RST builds upon the LT trim, with exclusive exterior features such as a “Chevrolet” lettered front grille design, black body side moldings, and various black badging on the tailgate, such as the RST, Colorado, and Chevrolet bowtie logos. The RST also becomes the first Colorado to come with 20-inch wheels, which will have a low-gloss black finish.

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While Chevrolet states that the Colorado RST is “street-focused,” the 2019 Colorado Z71 Trail Runner is definitely geared toward off-road use. The Z71 Trail Runner adds underbody protection from the range-topping ZR2 trim, such as rocker protection and aluminum skid plates, while also including a set of beefy Goodyear Duratrac tires and the lettered front grille. Of course, the Z71 Trail Runner includes all of the standard Z71 features, such as the automatically locking rear differential, 4.10 axle ratio, hill-descent control, front off-road recovery tow hooks, and an off-road-oriented suspension.

Both models will be available in either two-wheel drive (2WD) or four-wheel drive (4WD). The standard power plant for both special-edition models is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 200 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque, which pairs to a six-speed automatic transmission for 2WD models and an eight-speed automatic for 4WD models.

However, a Chevrolet spokesperson noted that the vast majority of these special-edition models will utilize the optional 3.6-liter V6 making 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, while the 2.8-liter four-cylinder Duramax diesel engine with 186 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque is also available as an option for both. Regardless of driven wheels, the V6 pairs with an eight-speed automatic transmission and the diesel engine pairs with a six-speed automatic. The spokesperson also claims that the Duramax engine is more likely to be found in the Z71 Trail Runner than the RST, noting that it is a popular engine for off-roading purposes.

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Though pricing and a specific release date aren’t finalized yet, you can expect to see both the Colorado RST and the Colorado Z71 Trail Runner at Chevrolet dealerships in early 2019.