Back in July, GM Authority was first to report that the Chevrolet Colorado (along with its corporate cousin, the GMC Canyon) will not receive a midcycle refresh. Instead, the midsize pickup truck will get a small update to its front fascia, along with some other small tweaks, for the 2021 model year. Having previously spied the 2021 Canyon, we now managed to catch the very first photos of the aforementioned front fascia update tot he Colorado as a prototype was undergoing testing in plain sight.
As expected, the front end is camouflaged with checkered and zebra-stipe camo, but the changes to the nose are clear as day. The Extended Cab model seen here appears to be a Work Truck (WT) trim wearing the optional 16-inch RS1 Ultra Silver Metallic cast aluminum wheels.
Compared to the current model, the biggest change appears to be the pattern of the black upper grille insert as well as a redesigned lower fascia, with a new cutout at the lower end of the bumper cover.
As we reported previously, the rest of truck, including the sides and rear end, is untouched by any updates.
The mild Chevrolet Colorado facelift seen here is set to arrive for the 2021 model year. Meanwhile, an all-new Colorado (and Canyon) is set to arrive for the 2023 model year. It will ride on an updated version of the GM 31XX platform that underpins the current truck. The revised architecture is known internally at GM as 31XX-2.
Expect the updated Colorado fascia to land in the second half of 2020 calendar year for the 2021 model year. In the meantime, be sure to subscribe to GM Authority for the latest Chevrolet Colorado news, Chevrolet news, and around-the-clock GM news coverage.