The Chevrolet Colorado is a popular midsize truck with a host of solid powertrains and a few great off-road configurations. That said, the truck was severely aging after seven years on the U.S. market. Today, Chevy announced its plans to update the Colorado for 2023 with all-new styling, a shuffling of powertrain options, and fresh technology. There’s also a new Trail Boss trim.
The 2023 Colorado is available in five trims: WT (work truck), LT, Z71, ZR2, and Trail Boss. Chevy overhauled the Colorado’s styling with more muscular lines and a more substantial presence. The shift brings the truck closer in line with the Silverado and gives it real curb appeal. As with the last truck, exterior trim and details change depending on the variant, and Chevy will undoubtedly offer several upgrades and options.
Chevrolet offers four distinct interior configurations, depending on the trim, though the two least expensive variants get more stripped down and rugged accommodations. An 11.3-inch touchscreen is standard. In addition to now-common features like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, the system features a Google backbone, which enables more intuitive functions in maps, audio, and more. Chevy also says that an 8-inch configurable digital gauge cluster is a first for its segment.
Under the hood, the Colorado lost the V6 and diesel powertrain options but gained the Silverado’s turbocharged 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine in three different outputs. The WT and LT’s engine produces 237 horsepower and 259 pound-feet of torque. The same engine makes 310 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque in the midrange Z71 and Trail Boss trims, and the ZR2 comes with 310 horsepower. Towing maxes out at 7,700 pounds when properly equipped.
When the new Colorado hits the streets in early 2023, it will face intense competition from Ford and others. The Ranger will be all-new for the next model year, and the Nissan Frontier just got its long-overdue overhaul, so there are at least two brand-new pickups to kick sand in Chevy’s face.