We’ve known for a long time that Bowtie Brigade has been busy updating their Colorado midsize pickup. With the new Ranger and Nissan’s new (final?) Frontier already here, you can bet Chevy won’t be surprised to take a nap in this lucrative segment.
By now, we’ve guessed the styling changes GM has in store for the Colorado in ’23. A teaser video posted on YouTube last week — and the magic of well-timed screenshots — gave us our first hint of what to expect.
Up front, its headlights are noticeably slimmer, taking inspiration from big brother the Silverado and extending into the grille. This area looks square, bifurcated as usual with a style bar containing the bow tie logo. This version comes with what GM calls a “safari bar,” which is undoubtedly part of the optional package for the ZR2 or Bison off-road versions. If you like bored spectators on the trails, it could probably be added as an add-on to their two-wheel-drive LS.
Interestingly, the title at the bottom of the screen (courtesy of GM’s legal department natch) indicates that the Safari Bar can block the front-facing camera and disrupt the surround-view camera system. I guess those bed-wetting lawyers felt compelled to infuse us with their unique brand of austerity in some form. We’ll note that these types of cameras are popular off-road, allowing the driver to look ahead and (wrongly) accurately judge obstacles. They are also useful in parking lots, where most of these trucks are likely to spend most of their time. The taillights shown at the rear of the truck are very similar in shape to the Silverado.
It’s unclear which engines will still be available in the Colorado and its sibling canyons in 2023. The models are among the few yet to appear on next year’s fleet order book, suggesting either the major changes are being kept under wraps, or the keeper is asleep on his keyboard. Currently, there’s a choice between a 200-horsepower four-cylinder or a 308-pony V6. There’s also a diesel option that produces just 181 horsepower but 369 pound-feet of torque. GM quietly ditched manual transmissions a few years ago, all hooking up to automatics.
2023 Chevrolet Colorado to debut in full month on July 28e.
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