The Chevrolet Colorado has been given a long-overdue facelift.
With the launch of the reborn Ford Ranger and all-new Jeep Gladiator, the Chevrolet Colorado is facing tougher competition than ever before. The current generation Colorado has been on sale since 2014 as a 2015 model year and hasn't received any major updates since it launched. Better late than never, the Colorado has finally been given a facelift for the 2021 model year. But are the updates enough to fend off the competition?
Due to make its public debut at the 2019 Method Race Wheels Laughlin Desert Classic on October 10 before being shown at the SEMA show in Las Vegas, the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado sports a fresh new look. According to Chevrolet, every trim in the Colorado lineup will have greater differentiation. All model variants will also feature revised front Chevy bowtie emblems and embossed "Chevrolet" tailgates replacing the traditional Chevy bowtie on the rear end of the trucks. A new Sand Dune Metallic exterior paint color option will also be available on Z71 and ZR2 models.
"We've sold 520,000 Colorado pickups in five years through a relentless, foot-on-the-gas approach to product and feature updates," said Bob Krapes, director of marketing at Chevrolet Trucks. "With its new-look front end and tailgate, Colorado will now have a more aggressive appearance to match its award-winning capability." For the 2021 model year, WT, LT and Z71 Colorado trim levels have been fitted with updated center bars, lower fascias and front skid plates. WT and LT also feature all-new gold Chevy bowtie logos, while the Z71 trim receives a black bowtie logo.
As for the ZR2 off-road performance variant, which is the only version Chevrolet has released photos of so far, Chevrolet has updated the front-end with an all-new front-fascia featuring "Chevrolet" lettering instead of the bowtie logo, improved visibility, and more aggressive looks. Red tow hooks now come as standard equipment in addition to Multimatic position-sensitive dampers, front and rear electronic locking differentials, two-inch suspension lift, a 3.5-inch wider track, off-road rocker protection, cast iron control arms, Autotrac transfer case, and multiple skid plates.
Technical details haven't been announced for the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado, but engine options will presumably carry over from last year's model. In terms of engine options, this means you can expect the 2021 Colorado to be offered with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder developing 200 hp and 191 lb-ft of torque, a 3.6-liter V6 pumping out 308 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque, and a 2.8-liter Duramax four-cylinder diesel with 181 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque.
The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado will go on sale next year, with pricing to be announced at a later date.