Chevy Teases Next Colorado, Promotes Off-Road Chops

chevy teases next colorado promotes off road chops

We’ve known for some time that the Bowtie Brigade has been busying themselves with a refresh of their midsize Colorado pickup. With a new Ranger on the way and Nissan’s new (final?) Frontier already here, you can bet Chevy won’t be caught napping in this profitable segment.

To date, we’ve been left guessing as to what styling changes GM has in store for the Colorado in ’23. A teaser video published to YouTube just last week – and the magic of well-timed screenshots – gives us our first clues for what to expect.

Up front, its headlamps are notably thinner, taking some cues from the big bro Silverado and extending themselves into the grille. That area seems very square, bifurcated as usual with a styling bar that holds the bowtie badge. This trim is equipped with what GM calls a ‘safari bar’, undoubtedly part of an optional package for either the ZR2 or Bison off-road trims. One can probably append it as an accessory to their two-wheel-drive LS as well if you feel like annoying onlookers at the trailhead.

Hilariously, a caption at the bottom of the screen – courtesy of GM’s legal department, natch – says the Safari Bar may block the front camera and scupper the surround-view camera system. I guess the bed-wetting lawyers felt the need to inject their unique brand of dourness on us in some form. We will note these types of cams are welcome additions off-road, permitting the driver to peer ahead and (mis)judge obstacles with accuracy. They’re useful in parking lots as well, which is probably where the majority of these trucks will spend most of their time. The rear of the truck shows taillights which crib much from the Silverado in terms of their shape.

It is unclear which engines will remain available in the 2023 Colorado and its Canyon sibling. Those models are one of the few not yet listed on next year’s fleet order forms, suggesting either significant changes being kept under wraps or a sysop who is asleep at their keyboard. At present, one can select a 200-horsepower four-banger or a V6 with 308 ponies. There is also a diesel option making just 181 hp but cranking out 369 lb.-ft of torque. All are connected to an automatic transmission after GM quietly dropped the manual box a couple of model years ago.

The 2023 Chevrolet Colorado is set to debut exactly one month from now on July 28th.

[Images: GM]

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  • Daveo Daveo on Jun 29, 2022

    The headlights and grille look like they were lifted off a Traverse.

  • MrIcky MrIcky on Jun 29, 2022

    If it's the rumored i4, then this might not be such a bad thing. The 2.7 has lots of hp and torque and is tuned almost diesel-like. It's a surprising engine and would do well in this use.

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    • Lou_BC Lou_BC on Jul 01, 2022

      @sgeffe - I too doubt it's towing ability. I test drove a Silverado TrailBoss crew long box up a plateau to some farmland. It went up fine but the steep switchbacks on the dirt road off the plateau was scary. It would not hold the truck back under compression braking. I manually shifted down to 1st and let it go. It steadily built RPM and speed almost to redline before I lost my nerve and hit the brakes. My 2010 5.4 F150 with a partial load will easily hold 30 - 40 kph on engine alone in the same switchbacks.

  • DenverMike When was it ever a mystery? The Fairmont maybe, but only the 4-door "Futura" trim, that was distinctively upscale. The Citation and Volare didn't have competing trims, nor was there a base stripper Maxima at the time, if ever, crank windows, vinyl seats, 2-doors, etc. So it wasn't a "massacre", not even in spirit, just different market segments. It could be that the Maxima was intended to compete with those, but everything coming from Japan at the time had to take it up a notch, if not two.Thanks to the Japanese "voluntary" trade restriction, everything had extra options, if not hard loaded. The restriction limited how many vehicles were shipped, not what they retailed at. So Japanese automakers naturally raised the "price" (or stakes) without raising MSRP. What the dealers charged (gouged) was a different story.Realistically, the Maxima was going up against entry luxury sedans (except Cimarron lol), especially Euro/German, same as the Cressida. It definitely worked in Japanese automaker's favor, not to mention inspiring Lexus, Acura and Infiniti.
  • Ronnie Schreiber Hydrocarbon based fuels have become unreliable? More expensive at the moment but I haven't seen any lines gathering around gas stations lately, have you? I'm old enough to remember actual gasoline shortages in 1973 and 1979 (of course, since then there have been many recoverable oil deposits discovered around the world plus the introduction of fracking). Consumers Power is still supplying me with natural gas. I recently went camping and had no problem buying propane.Texas had grid problems last winter because they replaced fossil fueled power plants with wind and solar, which didn't work in the cold weather. That's the definition of unreliable.I'm an "all of the above" guy when it comes to energy: fossil fuels, hydro, wind (where it makes sense), nuclear (including funding for fusion research), and possibly solar.Environmental activists, it seems to me, have no interest in energy diversity. Based on what's happened in Sri Lanka and the push against agriculture in Europe and Canada, I think it's safe to say that some folks want most of us to live like medieval peasants to save the planet for their own private jets.
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  • MaintenanceCosts There's no mystery anymore about how the Japanese took over the prestige spot in the US mass market (especially on the west coast) when you realize that this thing was up against the likes of the Fairmont, Citation, and Volaré. A massacre.