Toyota has started to build hype for its mid-size pickup truck Tacoma by releasing the price of its top-trim model, the TRD Pro. It’s more expensive than before at around $41,000, which means that the lower trim Tacoma TRD is also going to ask for more than its current $31,125 price.

Fans would hope that that means a lot more hardcore off-road hardware, as it would be competing head-on with a new trim from the Chevrolet Colorado that’s focused on going off-road as well.

The Colorado ZR2 has apparently been given the green light as it was spied recently in the desert, with its disguise covering only its front portion, the rest of its body beyond the A-pillar uncovered.

Like its concept model from the 2014 LA Auto Show, the ZR2 production model holds a much higher stance, eschewing the Colorado’s usual front bumper and minimizing its rear fascia to provide a greater approach and departure angles than the Z71 trim.

The fact that its face is covered also suggests some departure from its concept design, presumably for better aerodynamics. However, there aren’t any clues that show if the Colorado ZR2 would have its own features to challenge the highly praised Crawl Control and Multi-Terrain Select system in the Tacoma.

But like its concept it should be powered by the 2.8L Duramax turbo-diesel engine worth 181hp and 369lb-ft torque, paired to a six-speed auto transmission. Besides the Tacoma TRD, the Colorado ZR2 would be taking on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Pickup and perhaps the returning Ford Ranger.

Staff Reporter

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