The 2023 Chevrolet Colorado is here, highlighted by the go-anywhere ZR2 model. And with the introduction of this new midsize truck comes a few big surprises. Along with a well-appointed, tech-forward interior, the new Colorado also packs a very smart storage compartment in the tailgate. Let the parties begin.
2023 Chevrolet Colorado Stowable Tailgate: Details
The stowable tailgate comes standard on the 2023 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 and is an available option on all other models. The system is the segment’s first built-in tailgate storage solution which offers secure and watertight storage. When the tailgate is down, the lockable lid opens to a 45-inch-wide (1,143 mm) and 4-inch deep (101 mm) compartment with a drain, making it great for a cooler. Placing items you might not wish to get exposed to the elements but don’t wish to have inside your truck is possible, as the storage is said to be watertight.
Here’s the caveat: officials at Chevrolet have relayed to MC&T that there currently aren’t plants to offer the Multi-Flex tailgate that we see on the Silverado at this time, so as far as multi-functional tailgates go, this is all the new Colorado has to offer.
We recently saw that General Motors filed a trademark for the word “STOWPRO,” indicating that whatever they had in the works was a stowable tailgate. Though, it wasn’t precisely clear beyond the name what it entailed until now. As part of the 2023 Chevrolet Colorado unveiling, our questions have been answered. However, the specific term will likely pop up for the new GMC Canyon since GMC is known for using the “Pro” words.
The 2023 Chevrolet Colorado tailgate can be positioned midway between fully closed and open, enabling storage for longer items, and can support up to 500 pounds (226 kg). In addition, there is an available remote tailgate locking/unlocking feature. It also offers two cupholders and a measuring tool molded into the surface. So it’s not entirely without some additional functions in lieu of the Multi-Flex tailgate. Still, having an extra storage compartment means owners can place smaller items securely without worrying about theft or the things sliding around and scratching up the bed.
Pricing for this available option has yet to be revealed, as has pricing for the 2023 Chevrolet Colorado. However, production is expected to begin at the beginning of 2023.