With the massive wave of momentum that the Chevrolet Colorado has ridden since the second generation model made its debut in the marketplace several years ago, GM is keen on doing what it can to help further bolster the truck’s sales figures. While we have covered some of the changes that define the trail ready ZR2 model, we wanted to focus our attention on some of the changes that buyers can expect from the broader lineup.
A big change that buyers will notice is the exterior styling on the 2021 Colorado. While the revisions here in this particular regard are not an outright revamp, we understand Chevrolet’s desire to not mess with a successful formula that has proven to be a hit with buyers. The bulk of the changes are focused on the front fascia, with the WT, LT, and Z71 trims all gaining a revised unit that features a larger front grille design, reworked lower bumper and slightly revised front headlights. The WT and LT models feature a gold colored Bowtie emblem, while the Z71 model darkens it for a more purposeful look.
Per GM tradition in recent years, the 2021 Colorado has also had a fair share of content deleted for the new model year. Six different paint colors were axed (including the stylish Cajun Red Tintcoat hue) as well as five different wheel choices. In their place are three new colors (Bright Blue Metallic, Cherry Red Tintcoat, and Sand Dune Metallic) and a trio of all new 17-inch wheel designs.
With the Toyota Tacoma and the Nissan Frontier on the verge of receiving more extensive refreshes over the next few years, it will be interesting to see if the Colorado can still stand out from the crowd in this rapidly growing segment.
The interior of the 2021 Colorado remains mostly unchanged, but Chevy engineers have made some minor tweaks to the cabin in an attempt to create more room — especially in the second row. Buyers can also look forward to a pair of all new infotainment systems, with the WT model getting an all new 7-inch touchscreen.
The LT model comes with a few more standard upgrades, as well as a bigger 8-inch touchscreen with Chevrolet’s Infotainment System 3 software baked in for good measure. This should allow the Colorado to be on par with the SYNC system found in the Ford Ranger, as well as the updated Entune system in the Toyota Tacoma.
Performance hardware for the 2021 Colorado comes from three different engines, with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder being the base engine. This engine has also seen duty in a number of other Chevrolet offerings, and in the Colorado, it is good for 200 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque with the engine being paired with a six speed automatic. Buyers looking for more power can equip their rig with the optional 3.6-liter V-6 that makes 308 horsepower and 279 pound-feet of torque. The extra muscle also comes with two extra gears, with the burly V-6 being mated to an eight-speed automatic. This is not only a nod to fuel economy, but it also allows the Colorado to have a two gear advantage over the Tacoma when equipped in this particular manner.
In addition to the afore-mentioned gasoline engines, the Colorado will also continue to offer the 2.8-liter Duramax turbo diesel four-cylinder. available in the LT and the trail ready ZR2, the mighty four banger produces 200 horsepower and a very impressive 369 pound-feet of torque. Due to some internal shuffling within GM, the diesel will be a late availability item on the 2021 Colorado, but the wait will indeed be worth it for buyers, especially for those that want more confidence in towing or even low speed off-roading.
The Colorado’s pricing has also not changed too much from is predecessor, with a base WT model starting at $28,295. The LT and Z71 models take their respective places in the pricing ladder, with pricing for those models being firmly in the $30k range. Finally, the range topping ZR2 goes over $40k but this is roughly in line with other trail ready offerings.
No matter how you slice it, it’s obvious that Chevrolet is still out to show the world that they mean business with the 2021 Colorado, and it will be interesting to see if the refreshed mid-sizer can still hang with the big dogs in a segment that has seen a rebirth in demand and sales over the past few years.