2023 Chevy Colorado Will Debut in ZR2 Off-Road Form July 28

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Photo credit: Chevrolet
Photo credit: Chevrolet
  • A new version of the Chevy Colorado pickup is coming for 2023.

  • This teaser shows the ZR2 model, which has numerous add-ons for off-roading.

  • The new truck will debut July 28, and a similar GMC Canyon AT4X is coming too.

A new teaser video shows an updated 2023 version of Chevrolet's mid-size pickup truck, the Colorado, bounding around the desert ahead of its official debut July 28. Both of GM's smaller trucks, the Colorado and the closely related GMC Canyon, are being redesigned for the 2023 model year, and the company describes the trucks as "all-new." We reckon that means they will both have new bodies and upgraded interiors, although we think the trucks' underpinnings will largely stay the same.

In the teaser, we can see that the Colorado's front end looks different, as do the taillights. The version shown is the off-road-oriented ZR2, which has chunky all-terrain tires, a light bar behind the cab, and what Chevy calls a "Safari Bar" on the front. Like the current ZR2, the new model will likely have suspension upgrades including different shocks and a higher ride height. The Chevy's GMC sibling, the Canyon, will also add an off-road model called AT4X that should be equivalent to the ZR2; that model has also been teased and appears to have a different body than the current truck.

The current Colorado and Canyon offer three engine choices: a 2.5-liter inline-four, a 3.6-liter V-6, or a turbodiesel 2.8-liter inline-four. We're guessing that the base four-cylinder might be dropped, and that GM could add the Silverado's turbocharged 2.7-liter inline-four as an option. Both rear- and four-wheel drive will remain on the menu.

Stay tuned to learn more about the 2023 Colorado and Canyon, as the Chevy will debut July 28 and the GMC should follow soon after.

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