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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. 

 


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That is not good looking.  Even the Lexus predator face thinks that is too busy.

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Going for a little of the GM Defense Colorado ZH2 Hydrogen Fuel Cell look.   

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So no bumper across the front...that grille seems vulnerable..I wonder if there is a horizontal crash bar behind the grille.  Not sure about the styling...too much Magneto's Helmet/ Camaro SS with a touch of Silverado HD.

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1 hour ago, Robert Hall said:

So no bumper across the front...that grille seems vulnerable..I wonder if there is a horizontal crash bar behind the grille.  Not sure about the styling...too much Magneto's Helmet/ Camaro SS with a touch of Silverado HD.

Yeah, it would need to have a required DOT crash bar/bumper behind the lower part of the grille. GM needs the recent truck designers back over at Chevrolet, GMC definitely has the right design language for the Sierra.

10 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

I think it looks good for a dedicated off-roader. 

Probably better in person like the T1 Silverado too.

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Had to stop over here and say... I love it, and the color.  Can't wait to see the Z71 trim, and the rest of the enhancements.  If you look real close at the rear end shot, you can see, mostly obscured in the dust, another emblem on the bottom right corner... is that to denote the 2.7t engine?  Sly preview, Chevy.

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2 hours ago, ocnblu said:

Had to stop over here and say... I love it, and the color.  Can't wait to see the Z71 trim, and the rest of the enhancements.  If you look real close at the rear end shot, you can see, mostly obscured in the dust, another emblem on the bottom right corner... is that to denote the 2.7t engine?  Sly preview, Chevy.

That's the ZR2 badge...

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5 hours ago, ocnblu said:

Had to stop over here and say... I love it, and the color.  Can't wait to see the Z71 trim, and the rest of the enhancements.  If you look real close at the rear end shot, you can see, mostly obscured in the dust, another emblem on the bottom right corner... is that to denote the 2.7t engine?  Sly preview, Chevy.

The 2.7T does seem like a natural fit for the Colorado though... especially with the Ranger running a 2.3T

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18 hours ago, smk4565 said:

That is not good looking.  Even the Lexus predator face thinks that is too busy.

And still looks better than any Mercedes pick up. Oh wait...

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Something just looks funky about that front end situation. 

I do really like "Chevrolet" across the tailgate. 

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1 hour ago, Drew Dowdell said:

The 2.7T does seem like a natural fit for the Colorado though... especially with the Ranger running a 2.3T

I just hope they don't drop the 3.6L for the 2.7T, need to drop the abysmal 2.5 NA 4 banger, that thing is dangerously slow. I know it's for GM's CAFE number and for people who don't care, but still. I had one for a service loaner one time took it right back and told them I want a V6 or something different, it couldn't get out of it's own way. They even install it in the 2WD crew cabs, too much weight for it.

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11 minutes ago, USA-1 said:

Well no, sh!t... I really never thought those would have even been available with the Z71 package or in any color other than white, lol.

Well, I'm serous about the Z71 part. That's surprising. I wouldn't imagine spending 34k on a vehicle with that engine. 

Now I'm curious how many of those 2.5's they move outside of fleets.. It's gotta be a lot more than I originally expected. 

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Just now, ccap41 said:

Well no, sh!t... I really never thought those would have even been available with the Z71 package or in any color other than white, lol.

Well, I'm serous about the Z71 part. That's surprising. I wouldn't imagine spending 34k on a vehicle with that engine. 

Now I'm curious how many of those 2.5's they move outside of fleets.. It's gotta be a lot more than I originally expected. 

It's a special order and pretty rare, but they're out there! The one I had for a loaner for a brief moment was a typical rental fleet setup white and 2WD base model, but still a crew cab.

I would think standard cab and ext. cab would be the only layout they would go with, but at least they keep 4WD out of them.

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5 hours ago, USA-1 said:

standard cab

There is no Colorado/Canyon standard cab.

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11 hours ago, Robert Hall said:

That's the ZR2 badge...

Wishful thinking I guess.

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46 minutes ago, ocnblu said:

There is no Colorado/Canyon standard cab.

I knew that, I was thinking the Silverado like I own now, but you get my point right? I owned a '17 Colorado Crew V6 4x4 Z71 in Silver Ice Met.

 

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You are 100% right.  I would not recommend the 2.5 in a regular cab Silverado, no way, no how.

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13 hours ago, ocnblu said:

You are 100% right.  I would not recommend the 2.5 in a regular cab Silverado, no way, no how.

No. What I stated originally had to do with the 2.5L I4 in the Colorado. I know the standard cab is not offered in the Colorado and stated above that I was thinking of the Silverado with the regular cab which had nothing to do with the 2.5L in the Silverado.   

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3 minutes ago, ocnblu said:

Oh, OK.

I don't even agree with having the 2.7T in the Silverado, and it doesn't get very good gas mileage because it has to work so hard to pull the weight. Now the 2.7T in the Colorado would work well in either cab configuration.   

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The 2.7T is perfectly fine for the 90% of truck buyers who never hook a trailer up to their truck. For those who do tow, they'll get something bigger, one of their three other engines to choose from. 

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21 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

The 2.7T is perfectly fine for the 90% of truck buyers who never hook a trailer up to their truck. For those who do tow, they'll get something bigger, one of their three other engines to choose from. 

90%?! I disagree. I along with most truck buyers don't think a I4 belongs in a full size truck, boosted or not. Really the only boosted engine in a factory truck should be a diesel. The 2.7T was originally brought in to get high mpg to aid with GM's CAFE numbers, but it doesn't get very good Real World numbers (20 city 23 hwy 21 combined). The 5.3L V8 is rated at respectable 16/22/18 and the 6.2L 15/21/17. These smaller boosted engines including Ford EB's don't get the mileage they intended them to get. It shows that a larger NA V8 engine with less moving parts to break can be (and majority of the time is) nearly as efficient as a harder working smaller boosted 4 or 6 cylinder engine.    

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