After the article about the new Toyota Tacoma, we are shifting focus to its main rival, the 2023 Chevy Colorado. Those two are the best-selling mid-size trucks. Ford Ranger and Jeep Gladiator are catching up, so frequent improvements are required.
The new generation of the Colorado pickup was planned for 2022. The COVID-19 pandemic rescheduled some releases from 2021 to 2022 and the company is not confirming the next-gen truck yet. So, we think that the release date is moved for the 2023 season.
The level of changes will make the 2023 Chevy Colorado more than interesting. It is already the most popular model in the segment. Updates will make the truck even more appealing.
2023 Chevy Colorado Diesel: Everything You Need to Know
The most anticipated models of the upcoming lineup will definitely be those with a diesel engine. A 2.8-liter turbo-four makes the 2023 Chevy Colorado the most capable mid-size truck for towing. The capacity is at 7,700 pounds and no other pickup in this segment can do better. Jeep is using a 3.0-liter six-cylinder plant, but its Gladiator hauls 7,500 pounds. Toyota Tacoma is not even close. The turbodiesel can produce 200 hp and 370 lb-ft of torque and returns much better fuel economy numbers than a regular gas engine. Well, it is not a surprise. Still, the oil burner is under the question mark for the future, mainly because of the maintenance cost and pollution issues.
A couple of gas units are also going to be kept for the 2023 YM. Those are 2.5-liter four-banger and a 3.6-l V6 plant. A larger mill is also pretty capable. Thanks to 308 hp, the 2023 Chevy Colorado will be able to haul 7,000 pounds. A four-cylinder engine is the entry-level choice and an option for truckers that don’t need a lot of hauling potential. It uses a six-speed automatic transmission to transfer power from engine to rear wheels, while a V6 is paired with an eight-pace gearbox. In both cases, four-wheel drive is optional.
2023 Chevy Colorado Changes and Configurations
The new look is definitely going to make the 2023 Chevy Colorado more eye-catching. Nevertheless, the company will keep options that make the truck at the top of sales charts. Several cab and box styles allow you to configure Colorado to your needs. CrewCab offers the most options. With this configuration, you can select the best in class version – Colorado ZR2. In the combination with a diesel engine, this is the best 4×4 pickup you can buy.
Nevertheless, even the bast WT package is pretty nicely equipped. Large touchscreen display is the center of the infotainment that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. For fancier features, the LT is a good upgrade with power seats, leather steering wheel, special tailgate. The Colorado Z71 is going to be a lighter version of the ZR2, and more affordable. Current version offers Midnight package and Redline edition, two unique packages that makes Colorado look more appealing. If GM doesn’t keep those, similar bundles will be available for the 2023 Colorado.