Chevrolet has just revealed a redesign of its midsize pickup truck, Colorado. With this third-generation model, Chevrolet had a chance to gauge what was right for the Colorado, which was struggling to stand out in the midsize pickup segment – until Colorado ZR2 was released. The success of ZR2 Clearly the driving force behind the new pickup, because the 2023 Colorado is all about terrain.
For the 2023 model year, Chevy has slashed the Colorado line-up to five models, one bodywork configuration and a single engine available in three outputs. The Turbine diesel oil 2.8 liters disappeared, like 3.6 liter V6 petrol engine. All 2023 Chevy Colorado models will have the same engine, a 2.7-liter inline turbo borrowed from Chevy Silverado, combined with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The engine has 30% stiffer crankshaft, stiffer cylinder block and fully forged bottom end.
While every 2023 Colorado will use the same engine, output varies quite a bit based on trim level – WT (short for Work Truck), LT, Z71, Trail bossand ZR2, in order of increasing price and frenzy. Certain versions offer the option of an upgraded engine, but in the standard specification the output breaks down as follows:
- Colorado WT and LT: Turbo 2.7 liter – 237 HP, 259 lb-ft.
- Colorado Z71 and Trail boss: Turbo Plus 2.7 liter – 310 hp, 390 lb-ft.
- Colorado ZR2: High Power Turbo 2.7 liter – 310 HP, 430 lb-ft.
Note the huge output range, the difference of 73 horsepower and 171 lb-ft between the base version and the top-spec 2.7-liter engine. The high-output Turbo produces more torque than even the old Duramax 369 lb-ft diesel, while the mid-range and top-spec engine matches the horsepower of the old V6. Towing capacity is 7,700 pounds with either engine upgrade, down to 3,500 lbs with the base 237-horsepower engine.
The new Colorado will be offered exclusively in a 4-door, short-bed configuration, with the same 5-foot-2-inch bed length as before. The wheelbase is 3 inches longer, at 134.1 inches.
Different trim levels offer varying amounts of ground clearance and track widths. The Colorado WT and LT have a ground clearance of 7.9 inches and a track width of 62.8. The Colorado Z71 gives you an extra inch of ground clearance. Trail Boss adds 2-inch raised suspension for 9.5 inches of ground clearance and an increase of about 3.4 inch track width, to 66.2. Track width of Colorado ZR2 first part slightly wider than Trail Boss, at 66.3 inches, but ZR2 gets an even bigger 3-inch suspension (compared to the WT), giving it 10.7 inches of ground clearance.
Essentially, what Chevy did with the Colorado was create a hierarchy of off-road capabilities. The lowest Colorado WT 2WD is at the bottom, while the Colorado ZR2 4WD is at the top.
ZR2 still available damper valve, along with a cast iron handlebars, front and rear electric locking differentials and a two-speed transmission. The ZR2’s set of 17-inch wheels and 33-inch mud-terrain tires close the deal. But if that’s not enough, there’s a new special edition Desert Boss pack, which features bead-capable wheels and other trail gear – even an underbody camera to see the big rocks down there. how! The camera is available on Z71 and ZR2 trucks without additional packages.
The camera feed is routed through the 11.3-inch central display, but you don’t need to parse on the Colorado ZR2 Desert Boss to get good infotainment; 11.3-inch screens are standard, regardless of trim. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, but the infotainment has Google Built-in, providing the system with its own services.
The new Colorado’s heavy trail incline isn’t really a surprise. Off-road vehicles have gained popularity and gained huge traction after becoming a niche market among truck and SUV aficionados. And that number doubles for midsize trucks like Toyota Tacoma, Ford Ranger, Nissan Frontier and Jeep Gladiator. People pay a lot for the off-road versions of these models.
Chevrolet has yet to reveal pricing information for the new Colorado. Production will begin in the first half of 2023 at GM’s Wentzville plant in Missouri, where historically the Chevy Colorado has been produced alongside GMC . Gorge. Pricing will be revealed as we get closer to production. We’ll have to wait until then to see if the Colorado ZR2 is a good fit The long-awaited Ford Ranger Raptor capabilities and costs.