Following the redesign of the full-size models, General Motors brings the updated, mid-size 2021 Chevy Colorado to the market. The second-generation Colorado arrived for the 2015 model year and it has been on the roads with no significant changes but with the fresh competition from the Ford Ranger, Jeep Gladiator and refreshed Toyota Tacoma, the model needs a new round of upgrades to keep attention.
The updated Chevy Colorado abandons the base trim due to low demand and the range starts from Work Truck version which in turn means a higher base price.
Aside from the increased price, the refreshed Chevy Colorado comes with the updated styling inspired by the larger Silverado models. There will also be new color options in some trims. The next Colorado returns with the same mechanics.
2021 Chevy Colorado: Design
The refreshed 2021 Chevy Colorado comes with updated front and rear styling and the level of changes depends on the trim option.
Chevy skips the base trim for the 2021 model year while the WT, LT and Z71 versions get a new center bar that stretches across the grille. The WT and LT models come with the gold Bowtie badge while the off-road-ready Z71 version uses the black badging. The model comes also with the redesigned lower bumper and skid plates.
The extreme, off-road Colorado ZR2 gets more substantial styling upgrades. The model switches to the new mesh grille that is wider than before and with the Chevrolet bar stamped across the middle.
The tailgate of the model switches also to the Chevrolet stamping in all trims. For the new model year, the ZR2 and Colorado Z71 versions will also be available in Sand Dune Metallic exterior paint.
There won’t be significant upgrades inside the cabin of the 2021 Chevy Colorado.
Chevy discontinued the base version due to poor demand and the trim range now starts from the Work Truck trim.
The Work Truck model comes in both extended and crew cab body styles and equipped with a 7-inch center display with Apple Car Play and Android Auto support. This trim will also offer keyless entry, Wi-Fi hotspot, etc.
The LT version will switch to an 8-inch touchscreen, leather-wrapped steering wheel, satellite radio, etc. The model will also be available with the heated seats, navigation system, upgraded sound system and more.
The off-road-ready ZR2 gets a raised suspension, special dampers, skid plates, an electronically locking rear differential, all-terrain tires, specific styling cues, and more.
At the safety level, the mid-size Colorado should return with forward collision alert and lane departure warning.
2021 Chevy Colorado: Powertrains
The updated 2021 Chevy Colorado returns with the same powertrain range. No mechanical changes for the 2021 model year.
The base engine remains a 2.5-liter four-cylinder unit mixed with the six-speed automatic transmission. The engine makes 200 horsepower and 191 lb-ft of torque.
A more powerful petrol engine is a 3.6-liter V-6 producing 308 hp and torque of 275 lb-ft. The 8-speed automatic transmission is in the combination with this engine.
The best torque and fuel efficiency will deliver a 2.8-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel engine. A Duramax turbodiesel makes 181 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. Equipped with the diesel unit, the Colorado can tow up to 7, 700 pounds while with the V-6 engine under the hood it allows up to 7, 000 pounds.
When it comes to fuel efficiency, the turbodiesel engine combined with the rear-wheel drive will deliver up to 20 mpg city and 30 mpg highway. The V-6 powered Colorado will manage 18 mpg city and 25 highways with the rear-wheel drive. The four-wheel-drive version will deliver 17/24 mpg city/highway.
The Colorado ZR2 equipped with the more capable off-road gear will be available with the V-6 and turbodiesel engine options. The diesel-equipped ZR2 should return 18 mpg city and 22 highways. With the V-6 engine, the ZR2 version should provide just 16 mpg city and 18 highways.
2021 Chevy Colorado: Release, Price
The updated 2021 Chevy Colorado will go on sale later in the year. Without the base version, the price range starts from $26, 395 which is a $4,000 increase compared to the 2020 model year’s base price.
The mid-size Colorado is alternative to the corporate-twin GMC Canyon, Toyota Tacoma, Nissan Frontier, Ford Ranger, Honda Ridgeline, and Jeep Gladiator.