As GM ramps up to begin building the 2022 Chevy Colorado on September 27th, the automaker has provided dealers with the trim levels it recommends they order the mid-size pickup. Per documents seen by GM Authority, Chevrolet recommends that dealers follow the following trim mix when ordering the 2022 Colorado:
- Work Truck: 25 percent
- LT: 45 percent
- Z71: 18 percent
- ZR2: 12 percent
The 2022 Chevy Colorado introduces a new Trail Boss package for off-roading enthusiasts, bridging the gap between the Z71 trim level and the ultra-capable Colorado ZR2. The Trail Boss upgrades give the Chevy Colorado a more rugged exterior along with a one-inch front leveling kit, along with front and mid skid plates.
The Colorado Trail Boss package is offered on both the LT and Z71 trim levels equipped with four-wheel-drive and is available in conjunction with all Colorado powertrain options. Both the LT and Z71 trims are available in Extended Cab/Long Box, Crew Cab/Short Box, and Crew Cab/Long Box body configurations.
Although the 2022 Chevy Colorado Z71 four-wheel-drive model can only be specified with the naturally aspirated 3.6L LGZ V6 gasoline engine, the LT Extended Cab is available with either the 3.6L LGZ or the naturally aspirated 2.5L LCV I4 gasoline engine. Meanwhile, LT and Z71 Crew Cab models are available with either the 3.6L LGZ or the 2.8L LWN I4 turbo-diesel Duramax engine.
As a reminder, the naturally aspirated 2.5L LCV gasoline engine is rated at 200 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque, the naturally aspirated 3.6L LGZ is rated at 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, and the 2.8L LWN diesel is rated at 181 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque.
The 2022 Chevy Colorado received minimal updates, representing the eighth model year of the second-generation mid-sized pickup truck. The changes consisted of small package alterations and the introduction of the aforementioned Trail Boss model. The Colorado underwent a light update for the 2021 model year, which was as close to a mid-cycle refresh (MCE) as the second-gen model will get before being overhauled for the 2023 model year.
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As GM Authority exclusively reported, inventory of the Chevy Colorado was critically low in the U.S. with just seven days supply as of the first week of September. This was caused by extended periods of production down time at the GM Wentzville plant in Missouri.
As of this writing, production of the 2021 Chevy Colorado has ended, and production of the 2022 Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon pickup trucks at Wentzville was originally slated to begin September 20th. However, due to the continuing impact of the ongoing global semiconductor chip shortage, downtime for both models was extended another week, until September 27th. The Wentzville plant also produces the Chevy Express and GMC Savana vans, affected by the downtime as well.
A delay in the production of the 2022 Chevy Colorado and the lack of 2021 model year inventory has resulted in a steep drop in sales volume and share during the second quarter of 2021.
Sales Numbers - Midsize Mainstream Pickup Trucks - Q2 2021 - USA
|MODEL||Q2 21 / Q2 20||Q2 21||Q2 20||Q2 21 SHARE||Q2 20 SHARE||YTD 21 / YTD 20||YTD 21||YTD 20|
Colorado sales fell 26 percent during Q2 2021, placing the vehicle in fifth place in its competitive set. That’s a significant drop for the midsize Chevy pickup, which typically places second in its competitive set (behind the Toyota Tacoma) in terms of cumulative sales volume.