The prototype of the all-new 2023 Chevy Colorado ZR2 has been spotted testing, revealing numerous improvements. According to reports, the new off-road truck will hit the market in 2022 as a 2023 model. The very first spy images are showing an off-road-oriented model that features a higher ground clearance and Goodyear Wrangler MT tires.
The ZR2 variant rides on new 33-inch tires, as opposed to the 31-inch tires on the existing Colorado ZR2 model. On top of that, the manufacturer will include Multimatic’s DSSV shocks designed specifically for this truck, as well as sporty-tuned DSSV shocks. As a result, the Colorado ZR2 will offer a more comfortable ride and handling.
2023 Colorado ZR2 Powertrain Options
Things will almost certainly remain the same under the hood. This truck will almost certainly be offered with two dependable powerplant options. As a base model, we anticipate the 2023 Colorado ZR2 to be powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine capable of producing approximately 308 horsepower. Furthermore, a 2.8-liter turbodiesel engine with low-end torque is available as an option. According to reports, this engine will produce 181 horsepower and 370 lb-ft of torque.
Chevrolet will, as far as we know, employ the same eight-speed automatic transmission as before. On the other hand, with a diesel engine, only a six-speed manual transmission is available. Both motors, interestingly, are rated to haul 5,000 pounds. The turbodiesel engine, on the other hand, should give somewhat better fuel economy than the V6 unit. With a new generation, a hybrid option may also be provided, but this is unlikely to happen.
Inside the cabin, the new 2023 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 will be very similar to standard Colorado. The layout is identical and is more functional than attractive. For the 2023 model year, the manufacturer will use higher-quality materials and the majority of surfaces will be softer than previously. On the technical side, it’s unsurprising that the list of standard features has grown somewhat longer this time around.
The genuine leather interior is standard, as are power-adjustable seats and an 8-inch touchscreen with fast navigation. Colorado receives high safety ratings and it comes with features such as rearview camera, trailer-sway help, hill-start assist, and stability control.
The exterior of the 2023 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 will receive minor improvements. However, it will retain the same appealing lines that have made this truck so popular. Compared to the standard model, the ZR2 features a custom suspension setup, off-road dumpers, and a 2.5-inch higher ground clearance.
The Colorado ZR2 has a fresh front fascia that differentiates it from the other variants. The black plastic is visible on the grille and front bumper, lending the vehicle its deserved off-road image. Additionally, there are noticeable unique features such as red tow hooks and stylish 17-inch rims.
2023 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Release Date, Price
The forthcoming 2023 Chevy Colorado ZR2 will debut in early 2022. Moreover, the sales will begin later in the year, most likely next fall. The price will start at $42,000, which is a slight increase. Of course, you can add more options, so the ZR2 variant could cost you above $50,000. As before, Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro is the biggest rival.