Customers will be able to specify the truck to their exact needs.
After what felt like an eternity, Chevrolet finally replaced the aging Colorado with an all-new model. With rugged good looks and a powerful 2.7-liter engine, GM's Ranger rival finally has what it takes to square up to popular rivals. An important part of currying favor with prospective pickup buyers is to offer an array of accessories and, according to Muscle Cars & Trucks, Chevrolet is planning to do just that.
The bow-tie brand told the publication that the new Colorado will be available with as many as 200 accessory options, providing customers with more scope for customization than ever before. As per the report, the 2023 model will boast twice as many off-roading extras. With as many as 20 available add-ons, this uptick in available options comes in response to avid off-roaders and a burgeoning aftermarket scene. It only makes sense for Chevy to provide upgrades from the factory.
It's unclear what the accessories are just yet, but we already know the new Colorado will be made available with five trims: Work Truck, LT, Z71, ZR2, and Trail Boss. The ZR2 and Trail Boss are best for keen off-roaders. The former boasts a three-inch lift and strengthened dampers while the latter has a two-inch lift and a wider, more imposing stance. It's entirely possible that Chevrolet may offer these as options on lesser models.
For an extra cost, Chevrolet will happily fit the Colorado ZR2 with the Desert Boss package that adds a roof-mounted light bar, model-specific bumpers, 17-inch beadlock-capable wheels, unique exterior decals, and an underbody camera. Again, there's a possibility that buyers of cheaper models will be able to specify some of these accessories separately.
This is an important move for Chevrolet to make, especially as Ford has promised myriad accessories for the Ranger, which is expected to touch down next year. As a reminder, all Colorado models will be powered by GM's turbocharged 2.7-liter, four-cylinder engine. While lesser models receive 237 horsepower and 259 lb-ft of torque, the Trail Boss and Z71 receive 310 hp and 390 lb-ft.
What's more, the higher output state of tune boosts towing capacity from a measly 3,500 lbs to an impressive 7,700 lbs. The ZR2 alone receives a heady 430 lb-ft. As previously reported, the new engine will take over from the defunct diesel, 3.5-liter V6, and the anemic 2.5-liter four-pot. We anticipate that GMC will follow a similar route with the upcoming Canyon, which is expected to debut on August 11. The Ford Ranger certainly has its work cut out for it on arrival, and we can't wait to see them all duke it out in the dirt.