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The Base Truck Will Debut October 10

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2
2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

If you plan on attending the 2019 SEMA Show during the first week of November, be sure to stop by the Chevy booth. Because alongside what’s sure to be some wild concepts in the spirit of the aftermarket convention, there’s going to be the updated 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 production truck. Meanwhile, the base 2021 Chevrolet Colorado will make its debut at the 2019 Method Race Wheels Laughlin Desert Classic on October 10. Hall Racing – which took the Colorado ZR2 and made it a desert dune dogfighter, will be involved in the official debut.

Now, before we get too carried away, we need to understand that the updates are minor. Visually, we see a slightly tweaked front clip on the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, with a larger grille and “CHEVROLET” lettering across the fascia, like the ZR2 Bison. The lettering is also opened so as to not restrict airflow. Chevrolet originally introduced open logos for the sake of airflow with the fifth-generation 2014 Camaro Z/28 and its “flowtie” badge.

The color on the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 in the images you see before you is new, as well. Called “Sand Dune Metallic,” the hue seems to be identical to what we saw on the Colorado AEV Concept from the 2017 SEMA Show, and will be available on both Z71 and ZR2 models. All Colorado variants below the ZR2 will also feature an updated grille with the iconic bowtie logo and retro “CHEVROLET” embossed tailgates in place of the bowtie that was there before. A final update for the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 are standard red tow hooks.

Chevrolet did not disclose interior updates for the 2021 Colorado, but we understand them to be minimal if not completely unchanged. This refresh will be the only significant update the current-generation Chevrolet Colorado will see until the end of its lifecycle. By 2023, the Chevrolet Colorado will see far more significant changes as it switches over to the 31XX-2 GM truck platform.

Chevrolet says that the WT, LT and Z71 Colorado trim levels will all receive updated center bars, lower fascias and front skid plates for 2021. WT and LT will feature all-new gold Chevy bowtie logos, while Z71 receives a black bowtie logo. Expect the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado to go on sale next year, with pricing to be announced closer to launch.

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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