The second-generation Chevrolet Colorado arrived in the United States in 2015, and the beefier ZR2 variant went on sale two years later. It’s old and due for a refresh. We first caught a glimpse of the next-gen Colorado late last year and caught the hotter ZR2 variant as well. It’s the hottest ZR2 we’ll see on July 28 when Chevrolet unveils the rugged truck.
The company announced the truck’s launch date with a teaser video that gives a brief overview of the new model. We can see the truck will get a new front fascia, with slim headlights sitting above the deep lower air intakes on the outside of the lower bumper. The truck in the video sports a Safari Bar, and the small print indicates that it might be blocking the front camera.
In back, the Colorado gets new taillights, bedside badging and bold CHEVROLET branding on the tailgate. The truck also featured an off-road sport bar, which could be on the options list. The new exterior will coincide with a revamped interior that brings the brand’s latest technologies to the truck.
The new pickup will ride on an evolution of General Motors’ GMT31XX platform, creatively called GMT31XX-2. Chevy offers the current Colorado ZR2 with either a 3.6-liter gasoline V6 engine or a 2.8-liter four-cylinder diesel engine, with the V6 producing 308 horsepower (226 kilowatts) and 275 pound-feet (372 Newton-meters) of torque, while the diesel delivers 181 hp (133 kW) and 369 lb-ft (500 Nm) of torque.
Rumors suggest Chevrolet will fit a smaller, turbocharged 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine into the ZR2, which produces 310 horsepower (231 kilowatts) and 430 pound-feet (569 Newton-meters) in the current-generation Silverado. Chevrolet might tweak the ZR2’s powertrain, and we haven’t heard anything about a diesel variant.
Luckily, we won’t have to wait long for Chevrolet to reveal it. We’ll see the new 2023 Colorado ZR2 on July 28, so mark your calendars. The refreshed pickup will have to compete with a new Nissan Frontier and a new Ford Ranger that spawned a potent Raptor variant. The Toyota Tacoma got a mid-cycle facelift for the 2020 model year, and a new version could be a few years away.