2023 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2: Release Date, Specs

The new Colorado pickup truck will be the next-gen model. Moreover, the 2023 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 is also in the works. This unique variant will gain a lot of improvements, according to the latest reports. The Colorado will introduce the third-gen model after nine years.

We expect to see a redesigned exterior and a completely new interior. On the other hand, new architecture is a possibility, but this is still just a rumor. Anyway, new powertrain option could be on the way. Here’s everything you need to know about new Colorado ZR2 model, that will go on sale later next year.

Updated Platform

The all-new 2023 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 will sit on an upgraded version of the second-generation model’s GMT 31XX platform. Internally at General Motors, the revised architecture will be referred as the 31XX-2. The same architecture will underpin the 2023 GMC Canyon. GM intended to build an entirely new platform for the third-generation Colorado dubbed 32XX (and Canyon).

This architecture would have also served as the foundation for GM’s planned mid-size pickup that will rival Jeep Wrangler. The Wrangler rival, on the other hand, was canceled as part of General Motors’ continuing restructuring and cost-cutting measures. Anyway, new platform won’t happen yet, so Colorado will continue with the 31XX architecture.

2023 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 diesel

Engine Specs

Under the hood, things will very certainly remain the same. Here, we’re discussing two dependable powertrain alternatives, as the standard four-cylinder engine is unavailable for this model. Rather than that, the 2023 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine. It generates around 308 horsepower, which is sufficient for excellent performance. A 2.8-liter turbodiesel engine is also available for off-road enthusiasts who want low-end torque.

This engine generates around 181 hp and 370 lb-ft of twisting power. With the gasoline V6, an eight-speed automatic gearbox is offered. In comparison, a diesel engine has a six-speed transmission. Both engines have a towing capability of around 5,000 pounds. On the other hand, the turbodiesel version achieves a somewhat greater fuel economy, 20 miles per gallon combined, to be precise.

2023 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 redesign

2023 Colorado ZR2 Redesign

The upcoming 2023 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 will gain a completely new look. Moreover, the next-gen model will also introduce new interior with more modern features. To begin, the 2023MY will have an upgraded off-road suspension and next-gen dampers.

Moreover, the mid-size truck will have electronic locking differentials in the back and front, as well as better approach and departure angles due to distinct rear and front bumper designs. Of course, we expect to see new exterior colors, new wheels and much more. Inside the cabin, Colorado will deploy more premium materials and larger infotainment touchscreen.

2023 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 interior

2023 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Price, Release Date

As usual, the new generation models are coming with higher price. The 2023 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 will be no different. Current model starts at about $41,000. This means the new one will surely cost at least $42,000. The sales will begin later in 2022 and Chevy is yet to reveal official details.

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