You may have heard that GM is giving the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado a mild refresh that consists of new, model-specific front fascias, a new tailgate, slightly-revised trim level structure, and a few changes to the equipment group structure. We’ve already covered these updates at length here at GM Authority, but what we haven’t yet covered is that 2021 Chevrolet Colorado production is already underway.
Production of the 2021 Colorado started at the GM Wentzville plant in Missouri on June 26th, 2020, GM Authority has learned from our friends building the midsize pickup truck. That makes the Colorado, along with its corporate cousin, the GMC Canyon, the first U.S.-built 2021 model year GM vehicles to go into production.
While 2021 Chevrolet Colorado production is already underway, there will be a few features and options that will not be available at start of production. These items include (but are not limited to) the 2.8L I-4 LWN turbo-diesel Duramax engine, the Crush color (for all Colorado models) and the Sand Dune Metallic color (only for the Colorado Z71).
The 2021 Colorado features a revised trim level structure, with the base trim level that slotted below the Work Truck deleted due to low demand. Additionally, each model now gets a unique front end treatment, as we outlined recently. A new debossed tailgate with the CHEVROLET script changes things up at the rear. There’s also a plethora of other minor changes and updates, which you can see at this link: 2021 Colorado changes and updates.
The current, second-generation Chevrolet Colorado will live on for at least the 2021 and 2022 model years before being replaced by an overhauled model on an updated version of the GMT31XX platform utilized by the current model. The next-generation model will be powered by a single powerplant similar to the turbocharged 2.7L I-4 L3B gasoline engine. Additionally, the future Colorado is expected to have significantly more in common with its international-market variant sold in South America. The international version will no longer be sold in Southeast Asia after General Motors’ decision to exit from that region.