GM will build Army vehicles based on Colorado ZR2 pickup platform

Infantry Squad Vehicle carries 9 soldiers

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The new Infantry Squad Vehicle is based on the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 pickup truck but redesigned to carry as many as 9 soldiers at high speeds across a battlefield | GM Defense photos

The U.S. Army Contracting Command-Detroit Arsenal has awarded a General Motors subsidiary a $214.3 million contract to produce the next Infantry Squad Vehicle, GM Defense LLC has announced.

“Designed to provide rapid ground mobility, the expeditionary ISV is a light and agile all-terrain troop carrier intended to transport a nine-Soldier infantry squad moving throughout the battlefield,” GM Defense said in its news release. 

“The ISV is light enough to be sling loaded from a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter and compact enough to fit inside a CH-47 Chinook helicopter for air transportability.”

The contract covers the delivery of 2,065 ISVs. That figures to around $104,000 per vehicle, way more than civilians pay for the vehicle on which the ISV is based.

“GM Defense’s solution to the Army’s next-generation transportation needs is based off the award-winning 2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 midsize truck architecture and leverages 90 percent commercial off-the-shelf parts,” the company added. 

“These parts include the Multimatic dual spool-valve dampers and Chevrolet Performance suspension components. The durability and performance of those components have been proven in the grueling Best in the Desert race series, where Colorado is one of only four vehicles to complete 11 consecutive races (out of a total of 434 competitors).

As a result, GM Defense can deliver an ISV with world-class manufacturing efficiencies, ease of maintenance and a well-established global supply chain. All ISV models will be equipped with an occupant and cargo superstructure powered by a 186-horsepower, 2.8L Duramax turbo-diesel engine, and six-speed automatic transmission.”

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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