2015 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Concept

Ever since leaving the pavement in my first four-wheel-drive (a 1992 Toyota Truck), I’ve loved off-roading. And, from what I’ve read, I think I’m in love with this ZR2 concept (though the rims are a bit peculiar).
2015 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 conceptI am a pretty big fan of both the 2015 Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon, GM’s new mid-size pickups. With respect to looks, I think I like the GMC Canyon better. Yet, considering how close it resembles its big brother Sierra, the Chevy has the fresher design and is probably the brand I’d buy from.

There’s not much to critique about either design but there has been something gnawing away at me about the production Colorado’s front end.

2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 vs ZR2 concept compare

It’s as if the grille were designed apart from the headlight assembly. Independently, they look fantastic but they are just close enough, without aligning, that things look off kilter to me. There were at least a few opportunities missed to make connections that could have tidied things up.

The bright work inside the headlight lens looks wonderful but then just stops at the edge, looking incomplete; the grille could have finished off the element. Considering Chevy owns the split grille theme, using it to match up with either the parking light or bright work would have made sense.

It’s really not that big of a deal, particularly since the front’s surface is generally smooth. Really, that I’m picking for nits says something.

Well, it appears I wasn’t the only picker that noticed that nit because… guess what was tidied-up at the Colorado ZR2 concept’s front?

2015 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 concept grille

Yup. In addition to some unrelated modifications to the grille, they resolved the thorn in my side by simply extending the bright work horizontally, the entire way across. The simple solution creates an incorporated upper area and has a completed look. It could be a new interpretation, with aesthetic functionality, for Chevy’s horizontal bar which I think has grown tired in some of its applications. The change, I think, also visually separates the forward parking lights from the headlights.

2015 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 concept

2015 Chrysler 300

Unless you participated in an isolation experiment since August 13th, you’ve no doubt heard of the Hellcat package available on the 2015 Dodge Charger which also underwent serious cosmetic surgery. Though with less fanfare, its well-to-do cousin, the Chrysler 300, debuted at the auto show with a far more discrete facelift.

2015 Chrysler 300S

As if Botox had been expertly injected at key points across the outgoing version, many of the 300’s fine lines have been smoothed and its body surfaces stretched back to open up its facial features. Though, in contrast to seemingly oblivious Botox abusers, the Chrysler actually looks better. And legitimately more youthful.

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