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2023 Chevy Colorado engine tune upgrade is a dealer option?

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When Chevrolet revealed the the 2023 Colorado this summer, we were both dismayed and intrigued to learn the diesel and V-6 engines would be discontinued and there would be a single 4-cylinder gas engine option. Dismayed about the deletion of a couple great engines, intrigued by the single engine that would get three tuning options.

Though the consumer configurator isn’t available online at the time of writing this article, we are starting to learn more about the top-tier Colorado engine tune upgrade via GMAuthority.com — and the fact it appears to be a dealer option instead of a factory one.

But how you get this dealer option is a bit confusing, so let’s break it down.

The single 2023 Colorado engine

In order to make sense of this news, let’s start with the 2023 Colorado and its single engine option, a 2.7-liter, turbocharged, inline 4-cylinder.

This engine can be tuned three different ways with a base setup of 237 horsepower, 260 pound-feet of torque. Then there is the mid-range 2.7-liter “Turbo Plus” tune with 310 horsepower and 391 pound-feet of torque. Finally, you can opt for the 2.7-liter “Turbo High-Output” tune with 310 horsepower, 430 pound-feet of torque.

It is worth noting the max horsepower for all three is achieved at 5,600 RPM, while the torque varies with the base hitting it at 1,200 RPM, the Turbo Plus at 2,000 RPM and the Turbo High Output at 3,000 RPM.

How you get the engine-tune upgrade

The Turbo High-Output tune is the dealer option. It’s available on the Colorado LT, Trail Boss and Z71 trim levels. But here’s where it gets confusing: You’ll have to select the mid-range Turbo Plus option first.

If you select the Turbo Plus, then you can have the dealer install the Turbo High-Output tune on the engine.

This means, in order to get the Turbo High-Output tune, you are going to spend $1,445, with the $1,050 (Turbo Plus price) due when you order and the $395 (Turbo High-Output price) upgrade at the dealer.

It is worth noting, the WT (or work truck) trim of the Colorado isn’t offered with the mid-range engine choice.

The bottom line

Making the top-tier engine tune a dealer option is an interesting move by General Motors. It can either be seen as a greedy grab by GM or a way to give customers performance choices without the need to go to a custom tuner shop. For just $395, this seems like a no-brainer for those who want a bit more get up and go.

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Tim Esterdahl

Automotive Journalist Tim Esterdahl has been a lover of trucks and SUVs for years. He has covered the industry since 2011 and has pieces in many national magazines and newspapers. In his spare time, he is often found tinkering on his '62 C10 pickup, playing golf, going hunting and hanging out with his wife and kids in Nebraska.

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