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Two Packages Depart While Three Slide In Their Place

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Sand Dune Metallic
2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

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.

2021 Chevy Colorado ZR2

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.

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2
2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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