The latest second-generation Chevrolet Colorado was first introduced for the 2015 model year, dropping in as GM’s return to the midsize pickup truck segment. However, ever since it was launched, people have complained about the second-gen Colorado’s large front air dam. Thankfully, it looks as though Chevy has listened, as the new 2021 Chevrolet Colorado comes with several improvements that address these owner concerns.
Before we dive into the improvements, let’s briefly go over the issue at hand, namely, the size of the front air dam on the second-generation Chevrolet Colorado. Since the latest-generation Colorado was introduced, the fascia has come equipped with a large front air dam that juts out from the lower bumper, making off-roading more or less impossible and hampering the pickup’s approach angle. In fact, the air dam is so big, it even scrapes against some pretty basic on-road features, such as parking blocks.
All of this has prompted owners to complain about the second-generation’s extended front air dam, and some owners have even chosen to remove the air dam altogether. Now, however, the latest 2021 Chevrolet Colorado addresses this issue with a reshaped front air dam.
As we’ve covered previously, the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado gets a restyled front fascia, with the upper grille section and lower bumper both breaking from the styling of the 2015 through 2020 model year vehicles. What’s more the lower air dam now features a curved section around the center which will enable an improved approach angle.
What’s more, for those owners that want to remove the new air dam entirely, it’s been redesigned to make the removal process easier, with the fasteners now reversed, making the head more easily accessible. According to Chevrolet spokesperson Chris Bonelli, this new design “makes removing [the air dam] much easier.”
Note that this new front air dam is equipped on all 2021 Chevrolet Colorado trim levels except the hardcore off-roader spec ZR2, which gets its own unique front bumper treatment. That means the new air dam discussed above can be found on WT, LT, and Z71 trim levels.
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