Last fall, we saw our first official look at the updated 2021 Chevrolet Colorado in off-road ZR2 configuration. Strangely, Chevrolet has kept the covers on the rest of the lineup, until now. The mid-size truck is only getting a mild facelift for 2021 rather than a full redesign, but the finished product carries some styling elements from the larger Silverado truck.
Production for the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado and 2021 GMC Canyon begins at the end of June 2020. That’s this month, in case you’ve lost track of days during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Front facia updates are headlined with a new, larger split design grille reminiscent of the Blazer crossover. The lower bumper is also redesigned and allows for better airflow and approach angle compared to the pre-facelift model. Rounding out the front are some new fog light surrounds. To bring the front more in line with the Silverado, the 2021 Colorado gets similar angular bodywork below the headlights that pinches towards the grille. Overall, the new front looks like the Silverado and Blazer had a baby, and it works quite well.
While the side is mostly unchanged, the rear tailgate has updates. The latest Silverado got rid of the bowtie badge in favor of “Chevrolet” stamped across the back. The Colorado adopts this look as well, because Chevy claims it is extremely popular with customers.
Being a facelift, the current engine lineup is unchanged with 2.5 liter four cylinder, 3.6 liter V6 and 2.8 liter diesel engines on offer. Still, the updated truck gets some new options and equipment.
Inside, an 8.0 inch touchscreen infotainment system becomes standard on LT models and up, while a one inch lift kit is a new option. The 2021 Colorado gains three new paint colors across the range, along with some new wheel options. Appearance packages include a Redline Special Edition on the LT and a Midnight Edition on the Z71. The ZR2 offers a Midnight or Dusk package.
As for pricing, the “base” trim level is dropped, which has jacked up the base price by $4,000 for WT to become the new base level trim. All other trim levels (LT, Z71 and ZR2) are unchanged for the updated model.
While the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado only really gets mild updates and styling changes, it should be enough to keep it fresh until the all-new generation comes in a few years.