The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado was officially revealed in November, but only images of the range-topping ZR2 were released. Over time, GM has trickled new factoids about its popular midsize truck, and full details on the 2021 Colorado are out there, if you know where to look. The GM Fleet Order Guide is the place to start, and there are several updates of note.
Firstly, the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado gets a more expensive starting MSRP, due to the elimination of the base trim level, raising its base MSRP from $22,395 to $26,395 including destination. The configuration was a poor seller, so this comes as little surprise. This also makes the Colorado WT the new base truck.Compared to 2020, the Colorado Work Truck rises in total price by $500, from $25,895 to $26,395, due to a $400 MSRP increase, and a $100 hike in destination charge from $1,095 to $1,195. It’s also where we find our first of three new appearance packages.
Per the order guide, the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado WT Appearance Package (RPO code: PCZ) includes body-color door handles (D75), and body-color mirrors (DL6). Oddly, however, this package is reserved for fleet orders only, meaning your local Chevy dealer likely won’t have this package. It’s available in 2WT and 4WT configurations.
From there, we have the 2021 Colorado Custom Special Edition (WGV). Like the larger Chevrolet Silverado Custom, this new package offers up a few cosmetic upgrades. They include a body-color grille, 18-inch x 8.5-inch Dark Argent Metallic cast aluminum wheels (RCV), 265/60R18 all-season, blackwall tires (QIA), Body-color rear bumper (VT5), Body-color door handles (D75), and Body-color mirrors (DL6) with drivers spotter mirror (9B7). This package is also reserved for the lower-end 2WT and 4WT trims, and gasoline engines only.
The third new package is the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado Chrome Appearance Package (WC3). Available on the Colorado 2LT and 4LT, it features a chromed grille, heated power-adjustable manual folding mirrors with chrome mirror caps (DL9),chrome door handles (E20), chrome rear bumper (VJH), and chrome beltline molding (BW4).
These new packages appear to arrive at the expense of the Colorado RST, and Colorado Trail Runner special editions. However, more popular packages such as the Z71 Midnight Edition, ZR2 Midnight Edition, ZR2 Bison Edition, Redline Edition all make a return.
Other new, minor additions to the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado include a black-lettering tailgate (LPO: SB9), Bright Blue Metallic (GLT), Cherry Red Metallic (GSK), Sand Dune Metallic (GTL), a 1-inch front suspension leveling kit (LPO: SQS), and two new wheel designs.
The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado will likely reflect the extent of changes for the midsize pickup truck until the 2023 model year, when the new 31xx-2 platform Colorado hits the market. While the current truck offers a V6 and a diesel engine, the new Colorado will drop both powertrains in favor of a 2.7L turbo.