What’s in store for the next Chevy Colorado?
With GM finding success with their latest midsize pickups, there’s no doubt that the next generation Colorado and Canyon are already in development. Although these trucks aren’t expected until 2022 or 2023, let’s take a look at what we can expect from these trucks based on comments made by GM executives and hints contained in some of GM’s recent debuts.
On the rendering above, we split the difference between the design language found on the Silverado and Tahoe and the crossover design language that debuted on the Blazer. The current Colorado didn’t really adhere to GM’s boxy full-size pickup design language, so there’s a precedent for the Colorado having a unique design. Because Chevrolet has been using new design languages for their recent debuts, from the Trailblazer to the Tahoe to the Silverado HD, the next-generation Colorado will likely move way from the conservative styling of the current model.
As far as powertrains go, the turbocharged 2.7L 4-cylinder from the Silverado seems like a good bet. In that application, it makes 310 horsepower and 348 lb-ft of torque, more than what the current Colorado’s 3.6L V6 produces, especially in regard to torque. Although some competitors like the Ford Ranger are simplifying their engine lineups to exclusively 4-cylinder engines, the numbers produced by the 2.7 turbo are high enough that GM could see fit to add a cheaper, less powerful engine. If that is the case, we expect the next-generation Colorado to use either an updated version of the 2.5L 4-cylinder powering the current truck, in which it makes 200 horsepower and 191 lb-ft. of torque, or a version of GM’s latest 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder found in the Acadia and Blazer where it produces 230 horsepower. The diesel engine option is where some uncertainty arises. The Colorado currently uses a 2.8L Duramax 4-cylinder engine that produces 181 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. The 2020 Silverado 1500 uses a new 3.0L Duramax 6-cylinder diesel that produces 270 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. Given that the Jeep Gladiator, one of the Colorado’s primary competitors, is using a larger 6-cylinder diesel engine, it seems likely that the Colorado will drop the 4-cylinder Duramax and adopt the Silverado 1500’s larger diesel engine to remain competitive. Mary Barra, GM’s CEO, has gone on record as stating that GM will have en electric pickup that goes on sale in late 2021. Because the next-generation Colorado is slated to launch after this, we would not be shocked to see an electric version of the Colorado as well.
The Colorado is already showing its age when it comes to technology features, omitting passive entry and push button start, as well as things like adaptive cruise control, head-up display, and LED headlights–all things found throughout GM’s current SUV and full-size truck lineup. We expect the Colorado to get a big boost in active safety features and given the tendency of the pickup market to inch upward into luxury territory, the next Colorado should also have a Premier trim levels for buyers seeking more refinement and creature comforts from their midsize pickup.
The Colorado just received a minor exterior restyling for the 2021 model year, so that should keep the design looking fresh until the new model arrives in a few years.