The Chevrolet Colorado benefits from a full facelift for the 2023 model year and that’s good because its main rival, the Ford Ranger, is also being updated. Add to that last year’s Nissan Frontier and next year’s Toyota Tacoma and things get really interesting in the mid-range segment.
Here are five things you need to know about the 2023 Chevrolet Colorado, which hits dealerships next fall.
One engine, three power levels
Three engines of the outgoing generation, including a diesel and a 3.6-liter V6, give way to a turbocharged 2.7-liter four-cylinder. But beware, the numbers vary from one version to another. The entry-level WT and LT are entitled to an engine that produces 237 horsepower and 259 lb-ft of torque, with a towing capacity rated at 3,500 pounds.
Optional, or standard in the Z71 and Trail Boss, it goes up to 310 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque, allowing you to tow 7,700 lb. Finally, the off-road oriented Colorado ZR2 has the same power but with 430 lb-ft of torque.
Chevrolet has also made the decision to offer only one body configuration for 2023, which is the one with a crew cab and a short bed. Forget the long body and extended cabin. According to the company, the lower requirements of the latter justify their omission, but when you think that the new Ranger will take a different strategy, it is still surprising.
It is important to mention here that the Colorado benefits from a new chassis and that its wheelbase is 8 cm longer. In addition, along with the five variants already mentioned, the launch version named ZR2 Desert Boss comes with a unique cosmetic treatment and some special equipment.
One transmission, five driving modes
The six-speed automatic is gone and that’s a good thing. The eight-speed coupled with the V6, smoother and more suitable for the car, is the only one left. Gas mileage will improve, but ratings have not yet been announced.
A total of up to five driving modes will be offered: Normal, Towing/Loading, Off-Road, Terrain (for low-speed crawling over rocks) and Baja (for speeding through the desert, should you find yourself in such an environment. )
The most versatile payment
In terms of the body, in addition to placing a roll bar that allows the Colorado ZR2 to distinguish itself more, it is important to preserve many practical solutions connected with the designers.
For example, there are eight tie-down hooks and support points for 2×6 and 2×8 lumber. Then there is the possibility of installing a half tailgate, which increases the loading options. Additionally, directly at the tailgate is a 4-inch deep and 45-inch wide compartment to store all kinds of tools and accessories. Not a Multi-Flex port like the big Silverado, but kudos to Chevrolet!
A more technological cabinet
The Chevrolet Colorado was in dire need of an overhaul in the cabin, and the 2023 model doesn’t do things by halves. Everything has been redone, from the seats to the center console and the driving position. Check out the 8-inch digital instrument cluster and 11.3-inch center touchscreen with integrated Google features – first class.
Like the Silverado, the screen can be configured in several ways. It can even display up to 10 camera angles to help with trailering, parking maneuvers or off-road driving. Additionally, the Z71 and ZR2 versions add a camera under the truck, something no rival has.