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    Chevy Previews the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

      ...Go play in the dirt...

    Ahead of the 2019 SEMA show in Las Vegas, Chevrolet gave us a preview of the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2.  After the refresh, the Colorado will show greater differentiation from trim to trim.  All Colorados will feature embossed Chevrolet tailgates instead of the rear bowtie badge. The bowtie up front will be revised. 

    The WT, LT, and Z71 will get updated center bars, lower fascias, and front skid plates for 2021. The WT and LT get gold bowties while the Z71 gets a black one.  

    The ZR2 off-road variant gets a new look (shown above), and will be the only Colorado to get a lettered front fasica. 

    The ZR2 continues to get Multimatic DSSV Position senstitive dampers, standard front and rear locking differentials, 2-inch suspension lift, 3.5 inch wider track, off-road rocker protection, cast iron control arms, autotrac transfer case, multiple skid plates, and now standard red tow hooks. 

    Over 520,000 Colorado pickups have been built to date.

    The Colorado will continue to be built at GM's Wentzville Plant and the 2021 will go on sale midway through next year. 

     

    Source and Images: Chevrolet Media



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    Too much comedy involved in being the guy who buys a 2.7t Silverado.  However, it could be a Goldilocks situation in the midsizers.  Colorado/Canyon buyers have proven they accept a DOHC V6 (a hurdle in the beginning for me and a lot of the internet), so a turbo 4 would less likely be seen as a joke than it is in the big trucks.

     

    I still wish GM would treat their light duty diesels as utilitarian and economical by offering them in all cab and trim configurations, more like Ram does.  Instead, you are forced to pay bigger bucks in the Colorado for a crew cab, or a ZR2 extended cab, to get the diesel engine.  It's the same over with the Silverado... uplevel trim packages, etc. are a requirement.

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    4 hours ago, ocnblu said:

    Too much comedy involved in being the guy who buys a 2.7t Silverado.  However, it could be a Goldilocks situation in the midsizers.  Colorado/Canyon buyers have proven they accept a DOHC V6 (a hurdle in the beginning for me and a lot of the internet), so a turbo 4 would less likely be seen as a joke than it is in the big trucks.

     

    I still wish GM would treat their light duty diesels as utilitarian and economical by offering them in all cab and trim configurations, more like Ram does.  Instead, you are forced to pay bigger bucks in the Colorado for a crew cab, or a ZR2 extended cab, to get the diesel engine.  It's the same over with the Silverado... uplevel trim packages, etc. are a requirement.

    That's not just with diesels... a lot of GM's packages require big upgrades first before you even have the ability to option into them.

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    5 hours ago, ocnblu said:

    Too much comedy involved in being the guy who buys a 2.7t Silverado.  However, it could be a Goldilocks situation in the midsizers.  Colorado/Canyon buyers have proven they accept a DOHC V6 (a hurdle in the beginning for me and a lot of the internet), so a turbo 4 would less likely be seen as a joke than it is in the big trucks.

     

    I still wish GM would treat their light duty diesels as utilitarian and economical by offering them in all cab and trim configurations, more like Ram does.  Instead, you are forced to pay bigger bucks in the Colorado for a crew cab, or a ZR2 extended cab, to get the diesel engine.  It's the same over with the Silverado... uplevel trim packages, etc. are a requirement.

    I still wouldn't buy a Colorado with the 2.7T myself, but yes it would sell pretty well along with offering the 3.6L V6 and 2.8T I4 baby DMax. I think it's why the "new" Ranger sales have been a little stagnant with Ford just offering the 2.3T as the sole engine option, will be the same with Nissan offering the Titan with just the 5.6L now, buyers need powerplant options.

    Actually, GM is getting better with offering the larger and/or higher horsepower engines in the lower models. The 6.2L is now available in the 2020 LT TrailBoss, where before you could only go as high as the 5.3L. I read the same for the 3.0T I6 DMax after the initial launch this year so hopefully 2021 lower models will have it available as well. It's good that GM is at least listening to buyers and potential buyers more.

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    1 hour ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    That's not just with diesels... a lot of GM's packages require big upgrades first before you even have the ability to option into them.

    The 6.2L is being offered in more models like LT TrailBoss for 2020 and eventually the 3.0T I6 DMax as well. I'm personally glad GM is listening to their buyers more. 

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    I'm not sure why people are still afraid of a smaller displacement turbo engine. 

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    20 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

    I'm not sure why people are still afraid of a smaller displacement turbo engine. 

    "No Replacement for Displacement" :rofl:

    Seriously though, like I pointed out above I think turbos are fine in cars and needed in diesel trucks, but the smaller displacement turbo gas engines in the fullsize trucks getting stuffed with excess air and fuel really don't get much better fuel mileage than the NA V8's to really make the case in buying one. If a smaller displacement turbo engine is in a heavier fullsize truck like the 2.7T in the Silverado/Sierra they have to work a lot harder than it seems to get things moving. So in turn you're looking at premature turbo failures among other parts, this is especially true in hot climates. I know the Ford F150 EB V6 has had it's fair share of premature failures especially when towing and hopefully the GM 2.7T I4 doesn't suffer the same consequences.  

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    1 hour ago, ccap41 said:

    I'm not sure why people are still afraid of a smaller displacement turbo engine. 

    They're just not as satisfying as a bigger cylinder count and bigger displacement engine. 

    Smaller turbocharged 4-cylinder engines belong in smaller cars... not truck.  It's just a way for manufacturers to game the EPA. 

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    2 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    They're just not as satisfying as a bigger cylinder count and bigger displacement engine. 

    Smaller turbocharged 4-cylinder engines belong in smaller cars... not truck.  It's just a way for manufacturers to game the EPA. 

    Exactly, it's all about CAFE and EPA.

    I can't stand the thrashy sound of a 4 banger slamming away under the hood. Even the tried and true 3.6L DI V6 in the Colorado is a little thrashy sounding because of the Direct Injection and the non DI 3.6L is more docile, but not as powerful or fuel efficient. 

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    3 hours ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    a way for manufacturers to game the EPA. 

    Ding!  This is another reason why CAFE requirements are a waste of engineering time, talent and money.

    Fuel economy demands on the manufacturers should come from the market... not the government.

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