2023 Chevrolet Colorado looks ready for a slugfest

Updated Aug 02, 2022 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

Do you think this truck could make an impact in the local market?

At Detroit, Chevrolet revealed the all-new 2023 Colorado. This of course is the brand’s entry into the North American midsize pickup truck market, to take on the likes of the Toyota Tacoma.

A picture of the 2023 Chevrolet Colorado in the ZR2 trim

The all-new 2023 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

So while a bit larger than local pickup trucks, this then brings us to the idea that in a sense, this new Colorado might be a good choice for picking up where the previous Philippine-spec Colorado left off since its discontinuation some time ago.

Exterior

For starters, this new Chevy is as modern as it gets at least when pickup trucks are concerned. From the front, it features sharp styling cues paired with bi-LED headlamps, as well as a pair of U-shaped daytime running lamps. It also gets a honeycomb grille that’s surrounded by metal housing.

Towards the sides, it gets chunky fender flares, an aggressive amount of character lines, and a beefy step-board. Even its power-folding side mirrors come with angular contours to complete the macho look.

A picture of the side of the 2023 Chevrolet Colorado

Check out those beefy tires and aggressive character lines

From the rear, the new Chevrolet truck gets a smidge quieter. But still, the large LED taillights are quite imposing, and so is the truck’s thick rear bumper. Of note, the tailgate, depending on the trip, is automatic.

It also gets points for the practical stuff. Case in point is the 226mm of ground clearance (Colorado ZR2), which is plenty enough for the local unpaved roads and the occasional pothole. It also comes with a 3,492 kg towing capacity, and it is also compatible with many Chevrolet accessories to make it more practical or capable of taking on off-road adventures.

Speaking of off-road adventures, it also helps that its front tires are positioned further forward for better approach angles. The ZR2-spec variant also gets aluminum skid plates, as well as protection for its rocker panels.

A picture of the rear of the of the 2023 Chevrolet Colorado

Adventure ready, but still usable as a utility vehicle

Size-wise, the 2023 Chevrolet Colorado’s variants are 5,410mm long, 2,021mm tall, and it has a wheelbase length spanning 3,337mm. It also has a front track width of 1,595mm. This makes it a fair bit larger than the locally available pickup trucks like the Toyota Hilux, Nissan Navara, Ford Ranger, etc.

Interior

The interior of the all-new Colorado is pretty well-equipped as well. It has plenty of soft-touch surfaces, and it offers all five of its occupants a comfortable ride with its automatic climate control system, a sunroof, among others.

A picture of the 2023 Chevy Colorado's interior

A peek inside the 2023 Colorado's cockpit

Its interior itself is also pretty to look at. It features smooth straight lines all around the interior, circular air vents for the AC unit, contrast stitching, etc.

Tech & Safety

For safety, the all-new 2023 Chevrolet Colorado comes with a comprehensive suite of driver-assist features. Namely, it gets automatic emergency braking, blind-spot steering assist, rear-cross traffic braking, pedestrian alert, detection, and braking, adaptive cruise control, a 360-degree view monitor, etc.

A picture of the Colorado's dashboard and steering wheel.

Many will like its contemporarily designed dashboard

Entertainment is then handled by a sizable 11.3-inch touchscreen head unit that’s capable of connecting via Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The driver in turn, is provided with an eight-inch digital gauge cluster.

Engine

Under the muscular hood of the 2023 Colorado is a 2.7-liter inline-4 gasoline engine. For the ZR2 variant, this four-banger can make up to 310 horsepower and 583 Nm of torque. The 2.7-liter Turbo found on the WT and LT trims can then make up to 237 horsepower and 351 Nm of torque.

The mid-range 2.7-liter Turbo Plus mill that’s present on the Z71, Trail Boss, as well as the WT and LT trims can then churn out up to 310 horsepower and 351 Nm of torque. All variants are then paired with an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

A picture of the all-new Colorado's engine bay

The 2023 Chevrolet Colorado's 2.7-liter inline-4 turbo engine has three different tunes

To get the most out of those engines, Chevrolet also gave the all-new Colorado five different drive modes. These include a Terrain mode, a mode for off-roading, one for towing and hauling, a normal mode, as well as the Baja mode. The Baja mode, as per its name, optimizes the truck to travel at rapid speeds on desert or desert-like terrain.

For those who want to get serious off-road performance, the ZR2 gets a three-inch lift, as well as Multimatic DSSV dampers.

Currently, Chevrolet is yet to release the pricing details for the 2023 Colorado. We do know though that the brand will start selling it in the United States in the first half of 2023.

A picture of a 2023 Chevy Colorado dealing with rough terrain.

Many of its variants are ready to go off-road even in stock form

So, will Chevrolet Philippines consider bringing it in?

While the answer to that is still up in the air, we do think this new Chevy truck is already on par with the likes of the all-new 2023 Ford Ranger at least when concerning safety equipment. Furthermore, we’re also pretty convinced that its exterior design has just the right aggressiveness that Filipino buyers want in a truck. So Chevy PH, pretty please?

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Know more about Chevrolet Colorado 2024

Chevrolet Colorado

The Chevrolet Colorado is a midsize pick-up that’s equipped with a 2.8-liter diesel engine that produces 500 Nm of torque, earning the distinction from many individuals as the “King of Torque.” The Colorado shares the same platform and chassis as the American brand’s best-selling SUV, the Chevrolet Trailblazer. Built to conquer tough roads, the Chevrolet Colorado offers an all-around performance through its impressive balance, handling, and fuel efficiency. Its engine, muscular body, and height enables it to power through heavy-duty workdays and exploring new roads. The pick-up is marketed in two engine options which are the 2.5-liter Duramax Turbo-Diesel engine and the 2.8-liter Duramax Turbo Diesel. These two engine types power five different variants of the Colorado. The model’s base variant is the 2.5L 4x4 LS MT followed closely by the 2.5L 4x2 MT LT. The larger engine lineup consists of the 2.8L 4x2 AT LX, the 2.8 4x2 AT Trail Boss, the 2.8 4x4 MT LTZ, the 2.8 4x4 AT LTZ, and finally the 2.8 4x4 AT High Country Storm.

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Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel

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Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.

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