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2021 CHEVY COLORADO, GMC CANYON TO RIVAL FORD RANGER WITH NEW LEVELING KIT

GM Published The 2021 Fleet Order Guide For The Midsize GM Trucks, Revealing Key Details

GMC Canyon AT4
2021 GMC Canyon AT4

The 2021 Chevy Colorado and 2021 GMC Canyon will enter production later this year with ever-so-mild updates from years prior. These include re-worked front fascias, embossed tailgates, and various color/trim accents. These updated GM midsize pickup trucks will be built exclusively at the GM Wentzville Assembly plant in Missouri. Pricing will be announced later this year.

That being said, there’s more coming from the 2021 Colorado and Canyon than GM cares to lead on. According to the company’s publicly available 2021 Fleet Order Guide, there are a few packages and accessories worth nothing, and one of them is a dealer-installed suspension leveling kit (LPO Code SQS). For the most part, the leveling kit will be for the 2021 Chevy Colorado, specifically the 4×4 Work Truck, 4×4 LT, 4×2 Z71, and 4×4 Z71. The 2021 GMC Canyon will only offer this leveling kit on the new AT4 trim.

Chevrolet and GMC still have to publish full details on the 2021 midsize trucks, including full pricing, official images beyond the new ZR2 and AT4, etc.

2021 Chevy Colorado ZR2

Pricing and other details are not readily available, but we don’t have to look far to get a clue as to what we can expect. For instance, Ford Performance Parts offers a similar suspension kit for the Ford Ranger and F-150 pickup trucks. This gives customers a validated suspension upgrade for taller ride height and improved off-road performance, highlighted by Fox shocks. These off-the-shelf kits are designed for any four-wheel-drive 2019 Ranger or four-wheel-drive 2015-19 F-150 and can be purchased at Ford dealers for $1,495, before installation. The kit also comes with a limited warranty. The upgrade results in a 21 percent increase in approach angle and a 10 percent increase in breakover angle for the Ford Ranger.

Expect the price of the upcoming 2021 Chevy Colorado and 2021 GMC Canyon leveling kit to rival that of the Ford when things become more official. Finally, popular dealer-installed upgrades also make a return for 2021 model year GM midsize trucks including the following:

  • The Power Package (LPO: PDG), which includes a Chevrolet Performance Air Intake System, and Cat-Back Performance Exhaust Upgrade System.
  • Cat-Back Performance Exhaust (LPO: WBC), which requires the 3.6L LGX V6 engine option.
  • Performance Air Intake System (LPO: 5W7), which also requires the LGX.
  • Diesel Exhaust Tip Relocation Kit (LPO: VUZ), which is most handy on the Colorado ZR2 when off-roading.

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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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