There’s been so much written about the 2022 Chevy Colorado you’d think it’s in the middle of a redesign (it’s not for the record). But it has been an up-and-down year for Chevy’s midsize pickup truck with certain features not being available and then certain engines being discontinued. All this while GM looks ahead toward the 2023 model year when the Colorado will get a major overhaul.
This leads up to a recent story from GM Authority, which indicates orders for the 2022 Colorado will shut down this summer. In fact, the story says General Motors will stop taking orders for the 2022 Colorado in July, with a production stoppage on October 14.
Spy shots have revealed plenty about the 2023 Colorado. In addition to visual changes, Publisher Tim Esterdahl speculates the diesel may be dead for 2023.
The lights and front end have a Silverado look to them. It makes sense as GM has invested heavily in the Silverado, as one of their most profitable vehicles. And for years, the Colorado has been in the Silverado’s cold shadow, so with a redesign coming, why not push the Colorado to have a “family” resemblance.
It’s rumored that the Colorado will only have one engine option – the 2.7-liter turbo engine. We already know that midway through the 2022 life cycle that Chevy discontinued the 2.5-liter engine. Rumors have circulated that the 3.6-liter DOHC V-6 as well as the 2.8-liter Duramax 4-cylinder turbo diesel will also be discontinued.
So that leaves the 2.7-liter as the only choice, and it should be mated up with the 10-speed automatic transmission.
This is the million-dollar question. The likely answer to this question is yes. But GM has not confirmed that. We do know that for 2022, the Trail Boss package was so popular that GM had to stop taking orders for it. Since there’s such a high demand for this package, it would seem likely to be included in the 2023 Chevy Colorado. But that is conjecture at this point.
There’s a bit of resurgence in the midsize truck world, and certainly GM will benefit from that. But as is usually the case, the bigger truck and, therefore, the more profitable entity will steal the limelight.
With the 2024 Silverado EV stealing all of the attention right now and a new Silverado ZR2 getting some buzz, it’s hard to remember the Chevy Colorado, too.
Hopefully things go a little smoother for the next iteration of the Colorado than this current model year, which has been plagued with production delays, package limitations and engine issues. Things can only get smoother and better for the Colorado this next model year. We hope.
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