Interest surrounding the expected Chevy Colorado refresh continues to rise. In the past quarter, GM Authority has seen a significant influx of messages to the editor inquiring about the forthcoming facelift. Here’s what we’re hopeful for in the update.
The exterior of the Colorado midsize pickup is the one area that probably needs the least amount of updates – since the design continues to be attractive and modern. Even so, we will probably get new front and rear ends, along with LED headlamps and taillamps, both of which are offered on the Colorado’s newest competitor – the 2019 Ford Ranger.
Two other, nice-to-have options would be rain-sensing windshield wipers and a windshield wiper de-icer feature. Both are offered on the new Ford Ranger.
The one area that the Chevy Colorado refresh needs to address is the interior, as the current truck is missing various modern comfort or convenience features that direct competitors offer. These features include keyless access with push-button start, a sunroof, and dual-zone climate control.
In addition, more active safety features would be a plus. The current models offer an optional Safety Package that includes Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning, and Rear Park Assist, with the park assist feature new for 2019. The Colorado got a new, high-definition Rear Vision Camera for the 2019 model year on higher-end trims. Meanwhile, the Ranger offers all of these items, as well as Adaptive Cruise Control – which the Colorado does not currently offer.
For the 2019 model year, the Colorado gained a six-way power seat adjuster for the driver’s seat on LT, Z71 and ZR2 models. A 2-way power lumbar adjuster was previously available. That’s an improvement over the 4-way power seat with manual recline function offered on prior model years. The front passenger seat remains a manual seat; a 4-way power adjustment is optional. None of the options match the 8-way power driver and front passenger seats with power lumbar controls offered in the 2019 Ranger.
Finally, the Chevy Colorado refresh could really use the addition of an inductive smartphone charger along with an all-around improvement in cabin material quality.
Currently, the Colorado is offered with the following three powertrain choices:
- Atmospheric 2.5L I-4 LCV gasoline engine mated to a 6-speed auto making 200 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque
- This engine was previously available in conjunction with a manual transmission, which was recently discontinued
- Atmospheric 3.6L I-4 LGZ gasoline engine mated to an 8-speed auto making 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque
- Turbo-charged 2.8L I-4 LWN Duramax diesel engine mated to a 6-speed auto making 181 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque
While that’s a broad powertrain lineup, there is a significant amount of desire for the 2020 Chevy Colorado refresh to replace the two gasoline engines with the all-new, turbocharged 2.7L L3B I-4 TriPower engine that debuted in the 2019 Silverado 1500 and 2019 Sierra 1500. That motor is SAE-rated at 310 horsepower and 348 pound-feet of torque. A 10-speed transmission would complete the package.
By comparison, the 2019 Ford Ranger has just one powertrain combination: a 2.3L EcoBoost gasoline engine with Auto Start-Stop technology mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission (co-developed with GM). The combination is rated at 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque.
Finally, there is interest in seeing a revised trim level structure in the Chevy Colorado refresh. Currently, the trim level structure is as follows:
- Work Truck
Having Z71 as a trim level is rather unorthodox for Chevrolet, since Z71 is typically an off-road package rather than an actual trim level. As such, some would rather see Z71 become a stand-alone package on all models, while its place in the hierarchy be replaced by a high-end LTZ or Premier trim.
When Is It Coming?
Given that we expect to see an all-new, future Chevy Colorado in 2022 as a 2023 model year vehicle, 2020 seems like the perfect time for a facelift, known in the GM world as a Mid-Cycle Enhancement (MCE). As such, we’d expect the Chevy Colorado refresh to come in the very near future.
Whether it will actually get all of these updates is anyone’s guess at this point. We should also note that, as of this writing, we have yet to see a single prototype of the facelifted midsize truck undergoing testing – which is a rather strange circumstance.
What would you like to see to the anticipated Colorado facelift? Sound off in the comments.