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Its Full Reveal Takes Place July 28

2023 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Teaser Desert Boss

On the market since 2014 as a 2015 model, the Chevrolet Colorado (and its twin, the GMC Canyon) have injected a fair bit of life into what was a stagnant segment, only to have been rewarded with new customers that sought out a midsize truck that didn’t compromise too much on the modern touches. The Colorado portfolio really came into its own with the introduction of the go-anywhere ZR2 model, which had trucks like the stalwart Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro seeking answers. That story continued with the range-topping ZR2 Bison truck. And now, the story is set to begin anew. Today, the next-generation 2023 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 was officially teased, and its full debut is just over a month away.

2023 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Teaser Video
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2023 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2: What To Expect

MC&T first reported in 2019 that General Motors was working on an updated architecture that would support the 2023 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, dubbed 31xx-2. Building off today’s current 31xx midsize truck platform, the architecture accommodates for improvements that off-roading enthusiasts are looking for. Namely, bigger tires with the ZR2 model, as well as a new powertrain. Gone is the 2.5L inline four in the base truck, the 3.6L V6, as well as the 2.8L Duramax diesel engine. All three combustion engines will be replaced by the 2.7L L3B turbocharged four cylinder engine with varying outputs, depending on the trim level. The 2023 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 is expected to be the most powerful of the lineup. The truck is also expected to feature a new “Baja Mode” off-road setting to go with its rock-crawling pedigree. The ZR2 is expected to maintain its winning formula that consists of Multimatic DSSV dampers, improved approach/departure/breakover angles, and underbody plating. We also see this recipe in the larger Silverado ZR2, and eventually the Silverado HD ZR2. GMC AT4X equivalents will also be available.

In the teaser video, we get a few glimpses of the 2023 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 design. It’s unclear if the large brush guard and bed-mounted sport bar will be official accessories, or if they’re part of a factory package. The “CHEVROLET” lettered tailgate makes a return, and either a black bowtie logo or a hollowed out “flowtie” logo will feature itself front and center of the upper grille. The new headlight design is teased, as well.

Be sure to check back with MC&T as we count down to the official 2023 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 reveal on July 28, as there are sure to be a few more teaser images and videos along the way.

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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