“For maximum protection of key undercarriage elements while driving over rocky, jagged terrain, Bison features five skid plates covering the engine oil pan, fuel tank, transfer case and front and rear locking differentials. Designed by AEV, these skid plates are constructed of hard, durable hot-stamped Boron steel,” Chevrolet said in a press release.

The main difference between the regular Colorado ZR2, which is already pretty extensively mud-prepped, is the addition of five skidplates.

Customers will also be able to purchase an available third-party accessory snorkel for ZR2 Bison from AEV, ideal for air filtration while driving on dusty trails. This feature is compatible with all Colorado pickup variants.

ZR2 is a “segment of one” in that it’s equally good at rock crawling as well as desert running, in addition to having excellent on-road driving qualities. ZR2 Bison is optimized more for rock crawling with its five hot-stamped Boron steel skid plates and stamped steel front and rear bumpers, but without sacrificing much in the way of on-road drivability.