2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2: Tim Demetrio Engineer Interview

we're Here In The High Country Of Colorado, But We're Getting Our First Opportunity To Drive The Colorado Zr2 With Me Tim Demetrio Chief Engineer Chassis Engineer What Did. I Just Do Give You A Promotion.

I'll Take It That's So. I'm Not Chassis Controls Performance Engineer For The Day Are - This Has Been My Baby Worked On It For The Past Couple Years And It's Been A Blast To Show To You Guys Okay. So, This Is Our First Opportunity To Get A Chance To Drive It.

So, Talk To Me About What's Different About A Regular Colorado And The Zr - Okay From The Base Colorado Or The Z71 What We've Done Is We've Looked At The Truck Two Inches They've Increased The Track Width Three And A Half Inches We've Added Some Protection With You See With The Rock Rails The Skid Plates And Our Took Up The Sleeve It's A Multimatic Tssb Spool Valve Dampers Okay You Said A Mouthful There That's Obviously A Big Deal The Suspension On This Is Obviously Key, If You're Trying To Make An Off-road Vehicle You Guys Used To Make A Zr2 Now You're Bringing It Back On This Platform What Is It About Those Shock Absorbers That That Improve The Off-road Capabilities. So, Yeah. So, The Multimatic Spin And The SSB Damper Gives Us This Tuning Bandwidth That's Unheard Of For A Production Vehicle Typically When You Do An Off-road Focus Truck You're Immediately Trading Off The On-road Performance Of The Vehicle The Spool Valves We No Longer Have To Make That Trade-off As You've Seen With The Truck You Can Drive It Down The Road It's Nice And Comfortable Feels Like Everything You'd Expect From A Vehicle To Drive On-road Then You Come Out Here And Rock Crawl With It Bomb Through The Desert With It And It Provides The Compliance You Need And Suffer Off Roads This Way, But It's All Automatic Or Am I Switching Things On The Inside Of The Test All Mechanical All Based On The Damper Design It's A Completely Different Way To Do A Damper Than What's Typically Done And It's Inherent To Just A Mechanical Fluid Flow The Way It Goes Through Those Full Valves Is Completely Different Than Deflecting Washers And It Gives You This Tuning Ability And A Broad Range Student Capability That's Not There With The Buy Best Shock.

So, It's Technology That's Not On Any Other Vehicle Any Is There A Competitive Segment For This What Do You What Do You Think This Is The First Time. I Put An Application For The DSS Be Dampers In An Off-road Use TM Pioneered It For A High Production Vehicle With The Z/28 F1 Technology We Saw What Was Possible With The Tuning Capabilities Of It Said This Is Exactly What We Need For An Off-road Truck. So, We're The First Tried Off-road And It's Been Everything We've Asked For It More.

So, We're Really Proud To Showcase It On The Truck. So, Obviously The Raptor Very Important With Off-road Capability And Software Paddle Shifters Pen Speed Transmission, But The Core Of This Vehicle Seems To Be In The Transfer Case Nine Different Settings In The Transfer Case Is That Right. So, It's A Combination Between Transfer Case Settings And Locking Axles We Have The Front Rear Knee Lockers When You Cop Combine That With The Four Modes Of The Transfer Case Come Up To Nine It's Really We Wanted To Optimize The Truck For Any Condition You Can Throw At It Off-road We Want To Give You The Ability To Climb Rocks Go Bomb Through The Desert You're Driving Up To Grandma's House On The Mountain Through The Snow Everything We Can Do Every Possibility.

So, It's Got An All-wheel Drive Capability Two-wheel Drive. I Can Lock The Rear Locker Correct Four Wheel Drive High. I Can Rock Block The Rear Locker Correct And Then When.

I'm In Low Range. I Get Access To Lockers Whenever. I Want Correct Okay.

So, So What Do You What Are Your Thoughts About What This Vehicle Is Going To Do In The Competitive Set Mid-size Segment Doing Some Interesting Things Why Did You Guys Need This Offering Vehicle Well First Of All It's Our First True Venture Into The Off-road Market In A Long Time For GM And We Wanted To Come On With The Back You Want To Make Sure That We Did Everything We Could To Make Sure We Have An Off-road Capable Vehicle It's Going To WoW Everybody With A Midsize Platform It's Really Great Because When You're Off-roading On A Steep Trails You Need A Smaller Package There's Just Places You Can't Fit A Full-size Truck. So, A Midsize Truck The Platform Was A Great Starting Point Everything From The Chassis Was Engineered With A Thought Of Off-road In Mind, If You Look Under The Frame All Across Numbers The Spring Eyes Everything's Tucked Up Nice And Flush. So, We Had A Great Starting Point To Evolve This Truck Is There Anything That You Didn't Get This Time Around Is There Anything That We Should Think About Expecting Down The Road.

I Think We're Going To See How The Market Likes This Truck Right Now We've Thrown At It We're Happy With It It's Exceeded All Of Our Expectations And We'll See What The Feedback Is September's. So, TRD Pro The Toyota Is Obviously Out There They're Claiming That They Are On The King Of The Hill This Is Going To Be The Direct Competitor About That How Do You Think That's Going To Go They Can Be King Of Their Hill We're Going To Go Up A Different Hill And Look Down On That Very Cool Tim Thank You For Your Time It's Very My Vehicle We've Had A Lot Of Fun Driving This And We Hope To Get Many More Hours Behind The Wheel Sounds Great Right Now, If You Want More Information About This Pickup Truck Or Any Other Trucks Sold In The US Go To Pickup Trucks Calm You.

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