Earlier this week, we covered the news that General Motors may delay the rollout of its redesigned and refreshed 2021 model year vehicles as a result of complications incurred by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. However, those delays will not apply to the mildly refreshed 2021 Chevrolet Colorado and 2021 GMC Canyon pickup trucks.
According to sources familiar with the matter, the two midsize offerings are still on track for their scheduled rollout, despite the impact of the coronavirus crisis. As we’ve covered previously, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a delay for the debut for the new Cadillac Lyriq all-electric crossover, as well as suspension of North American manufacturing operations.
Previous reports also indicate that the virus will affect refreshes and updates for models like the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500, Cadillac XT4, Chevrolet Traverse, Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain, Chevrolet Bolt EV, and Chevrolet Camaro.
As we were the first to report, the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado and 2021 GMC Canyon will see several minor updates with this new, upcoming mild refresh. Although not considered a “full” mid-cycle enhancement (MCE), the 2021 model year will bring a few nips and tucks, including revised front fascias with a new grille treatment, additional minor exterior styling changes, the addition of the new off-roader AT4 trim level for the GMC Canyon, new cabin equipment, and a reshuffle for the other trim levels.
General Motors initially planned to give the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon a full refresh for the 2021 model year, followed by a next-generation update around 2023 for the 2024 model year. However, those plans changed following GM’s restructuring efforts in late 2018.