Let the battle of the midsized pickup trucks commence.
While its siblings were treated to extensive updates and exciting new options, the aging Chevrolet Colorado has had to soldier on largely unchanged. A 2021 facelift did freshen up the pickup's appearance, but not even a trip to the automotive plastic surgeon could hide the truth - Chevy's midsize contender was in desperate need of a new generation.
We've known for some time that the Bow-tie brand was working on a successor. Finally, Chevrolet has given us a glimpse of the all-new 2023 Colorado, seen here in ZR2 guise. The fast-paced teaser video doesn't allow us to see much, but what is visible (albeit briefly) is a massively different front end with slimmer headlights and a more muscular grille.
Sited just beneath the DRL-adorned headlights are restyled air vents that lend the Ranger rival a more aggressive look. The bold grille is particularly appealing and mirrors the squared-off, in-your-face look of the larger Silverado. This being the ZR2, a sporty-looking Safari bar is also present.
The side profile of the Colorado shows a more streamlined design and, overall, the truck appears bigger than before. A neatly integrated spoiler can be seen on the tailgate, which also bears body-colored Chevrolet lettering on a black background. The biggest change on the rear facia has to be the taillights.
Positioned in the same place, the more modern cluster now stretches further into the rear quarter panel. We can also see prominent black-painted wheel arches and a sports bar fitted to the Colorado's bed.
A particular weak spot of Chevy's Colorado is its interior. Bland and outdated, rivals from Toyota and Ford offer more appealing cabins. It's brief but, if you look closely, you can see a new steering wheel and silver trim around the more angular gauge cluster.
We're not sure if this is an entirely new model and won't be surprised if the replacement model uses the same GMT31XX platform as the current model. Similarly, we expect the latest version to retain the engines offered by the 2022 model, such as the asthmatic 2.5-liter four-cylinder and lusty 3.6-liter V6.
We don't have much longer to wait until Chevrolet lifts the lid on the new Colorado. The Detroit-based automaker has said a reveal will take place on July 28, with availability to be announced at the same time. Should the upcoming Ranger Raptor be worried? We think so; the all-new Colorado looks very promising.