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What’s new for 2022 Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon, 2.5L engine dead?


In recent days, there has a been a lot of confusion on the 2022 Chevy Colorado and 2022 GMC Canyon as far as engine choices and the Trail Boss package are concerned.

Let’s break down the confusion as well as detail what’s new on these midsize trucks.

The points of confusion

The two main points of confusion are about the availability of the 2.5-liter engine and the Trail Boss Package for the 22 Colorado. As reported by GM Authority the 2.5-liter engine is no longer available for the Canyon. But according to Anisha Sredzinski, Chevrolet Trucks & FSSUVs Communications Manager Communications, that’s not totally true.

“We have temporarily stopped taking orders for the 2.5-liter (LCV) with auto locking rear differential (G80). However, it is available in other configurations, and we expect to open it to all ordering soon,” Sredzinski said.

Patrick Sullivan, senior manager of Product & Brand Communications, had additional insight regarding the 2022 GMC Canyon.

“The 2.5-liter was available as part of the 2022 model year for the GMC Canyon (hence why the specs are listed on our product information materials), but we did stop taking orders for it in November.”

Sullivan said this change is reflected in the current order guides for the 2022 Canyon.

And what about the Trail Boss Package for the 2022 Chevy Colorado? Well, the Trail Boss package was so popular Chevy had to stop offering it. Sredzinski confirmed this, saying that the dealer-installed Trail Boss Package is currently unavailable for ordering with the 2022 Colorado.

Now that those points of confusion are cleared up, let’s look at what is new for the 2022 Canyon and 22 Colorado.

What’s new for 2022 GMC Canyon?

For the 2022 model year there’s not many changes. But the new Black Edition makes its debut on the Canyon Denali trim along with 20-inch low-gloss black wheels.  There are also black assist steps and gloss-black exhaust tips as part of this special edition.

Less exciting, but still new, are all-weather floor liners for the High Elevation package, which has been renamed the Elevation Premium package.

The three engines, according to GM for the 22 Canyon include:

  • 2.5-liter DOHC I-4 (200 horsepower, 191 pound-feet of torque) *not currently available but still part of the engine lineup
  • 3.6-liter DOHC V-6 (308 horsepower, 275 pound-feet of torque)
  • 2.8-liter Turbo Diesel (181 horsepower, 369 pound-feet of torque)

The 2022 Canyon has a max payload of 1,570 pounds and max trailering of 7,700 pounds (Crew Cab short box with 2.8-liter).

What’s new for 2022 Chevy Colorado?

Similar to the 2022 Canyon, the Colorado has just a limited number of new features for the 2022 model year.

The popular Trail Boss package is currently not available on LT and Z71 models. The dealer-installed Trail Boss upgrade includes: 1-inch suspension-leveling kit, front and mid-vehicle skid plates, 17-inch ZR2 accessory wheels in black, Colorado and Chevrolet bow tie emblems in black, red tow hooks and elimination of the front air dam.

Colorado is offered in Work Truck (WT), LT, Z71 and ZR2 models with the three engines:

  • 2.5L DOHC I-4 (200 horsepower, 191 pound-feet of torque) *not currently available but still part of the engine lineup
  • 3.6L DOHC V-6 (308 horsepower, 275 pound-feet of torque)
  • 2.8L Turbo Diesel (181 horsepower, 369 pound-feet of torque)

The 2022 Colorado has a max payload of 1,550 pounds and max trailering of 7,700 pounds (with 2.8-liter Turbo-Diesel).

The bottom line on 2022 GMC Canyon and Chevy Colorado

These smaller trucks don’t get nearly the same attention as the bigger Sierra and Silverado, but there’s still a thriving market for these smaller trucks.

We appreciate GM clarifying the engine status for these two trucks and confirming the changes coming for the 2022 model year. Oh, and we hope they bring back the Trail Boss package. Soon.

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Jimmy Dinsmore

Jimmy is News Editor for PickupTruckTalk with an expertise in new vehicles. He is also a Ford Mustang historian having authored the book Mustang by Design (available on Amazon). His second book, about the history of Ford's F-Series truck comes out next year.

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