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New 2023 Chevrolet Colorado arrives with various off-road finishes

The 2023 Chevrolet Colorado arrives as a beefier midsize truck, regardless of the trim level chosen. It is available in Work Truck, LT, Z71, ZR2 and Trail Boss finishes. Also, there's the ZR2 Desert Boss pack for people who want to speed through the sand.

All models are mounted on a new chassis that gives the 2023 Colorado a 3.1-inch longer wheelbase than the current pickup in the Crew Cab, short box configuration. Unlike the existing version, there is only one body style available. The extended cab variant is no longer part of the range, and only one bed length is in the range.

Engineers also push the wheels forward. This reduces the overland front and improves the Colorado 2023's approach angle over the current version. For even more capacity, the Trail Boss comes with a two-inch suspension lift and a three-inch wider track than the WT and LT. The ZR2 goes further with a three-inch lift and Multimatic DSSV shocks.

The table below shows the dimensions for the Colorado 2023:

2023 WT and LT

2023 Z71

Trail Leader 2023

2023 ZR2

Length between the axis:

131.4 in.

131.4 in.

131.4 in.

131.4 in.


213 in.

213 in.

213.2 in.

212.7 in.


70.7 in.

71.5 in.

71.9 in.

73.8 in.

Front Rail:

62.8 in.

62.6 in.

66.1 in.

66.1 in.

Approach angle:

Not available

29.1 degrees

30.5 degrees

38.3 degrees

Departure angle:

Not available

22.3 degrees

22.4 degrees

25.1 degrees

Breaking angle:

Not available

19.5 degrees

21 degrees

24.6 degrees

Distance from the ground:

7.9 in.

8.9 in.

9.5 in.

the Chevy it also simplifies the 2023 Colorado's engine range. Three versions of the 2.7-liter four-cylinder turbo engine are available. The only gearbox is an eight-speed automatic that has faster downshifts than the current transmission.

For comparison, the current version offers four- and six-cylinder engines, as well as a turbodiesel. For 2023, the 2.7-liter engine has a stiffer cylinder block housing, stiffer 30% crankshaft, and forged bottom end.

You can get the 2.7-liter turbo with between 237 horsepower and 310 hp. The table below shows the power and which trims an engine version offers:




maximum torque


Turbo 2.7L

237 hp

259 lb-ft

3,500 pounds.

Default: WT and LT

2.7L Turbo Plus

310 hp

390 lb-ft

7,700 pounds.

Default: Z71 and Trail Boss

Available: WT and LT

2.7L high power turbo

310 hp

430 lb-ft

7,700 pounds.

Default: ZR2

The cargo bucket is increasingly an important point of innovation in the pickup truck segment. The ZR2 gets a watertight storage space in the tailgate that measures 45 inches (1,143 millimeters) wide and 4 inches (101 mm) deep. It has a drain to get rid of any liquid from this area. This feature is available on other truck models.

The bed also has eight standard fixed bindings and room for up to nine more. There are grooves in front of the space for mounting motorcycle or bicycle tires. A 110 volt outlet is available back there.

Moving inside, all Colorados come with an 8.0-inch diagonal digital instrument cluster and an 11.3-inch diagonal infotainment touchscreen. A switch on the center console switches between five driving modes: Normal, Trailer/Transport, Off-Road, Terrain and Baja.

The truck also comes with a standard safety suite that includes Forward Collision Alert, Automatic Emergency Braking, Forward Pedestrian Braking, Lane Keeping Assist with Departure Warning, Following Distance Indicator and IntelliBeam Automatic High Beam Assist. Available upgrades include Blind Zone Steering Assist, Rear Traffic Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, HD Surround Vision and Rear Pedestrian Alert.

The off-road-focused Colorado ZR2 is the beefiest offering in the truck lineup. The model has a front with scalloped corners, a Flow Tie emblem on the grille and LED lights. Tuned front and rear bumpers provide better approach and departure angles. An aluminum protection plate protects the radiator and engine oil pan. The driver can operate electronic front and rear differentials. The vehicle has 17-inch wheels with 33-inch tires.

The ZR2 comes in Artemis Gray interior with Strike Yellow accents. The model comes standard with heated front seats and an eight-position electrically adjustable driver's seat.

The new ZR2 Desert Boss package takes the already beefy model and adds 17-inch wheels with beadlock capability, a brush bar, bed styling bar, roof-mounted light bar, underbody camera, and special decals.

The Colorado 2023 will go on sale in the first half of this year. Chevrolet will build it at the factory in Wentzville, Missouri.

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