GM Authority has already shown you spy shots of the upcoming 2023 Chevy Colorado, both in the spartan Work Truck guise as well as in the range-topping ZR2 trim. Today, we’re bringing you an even closer look at a prototype of the 2023 Chevy Colorado Work Truck as it underwent high-altitude testing out West.
Like the prior prototypes, the one seen here is wearing a solid amount of heavy vinyl camo on the front and rear ends, as well as on the sides. Only the cab’s roof features the more tighter-fitting checkered camo. Speaking of the roof, it appears to be wearing a fin-style antenna, a small yet noteworthy departure from the current models’ “short antenna” configuration.
This 2023 Chevy Colorado Work Truck prototype is a Crew Cab, Short Box model and is riding on a set of steelie-style wheels typical of the WT trim. The front three-quarter angles show that the front end features a much flatter fascia treatment when compared to the slightly more raked appearance of the current model, which debuted for the 2015 model year. The front end camo is so massive that we can’t even tell whether it’s running with placeholder or production-intent headlights.
The body side is also covered in a solid amount of camo that obfuscates the new sheetmetal underneath. However, the general dimensions of the Crew Cab, Short Box configuration seem to be in line with those of the current model.
Like the earlier Colorado Work Truck prototype, a hard tonneau cover hides the box from view. The rear end also features a solid amount of vinyl camo, hiding the box and tailgate. That said, we can see the general outline of the fender flares protruding from beneath the camo. Additionally, we can barely see the makings of the CornerStep feature under the corners of the rear bumper, along with a single-exit side exhaust tip on the passenger side of the truck.
The 2023 Chevy Colorado will ride on an updated version of GM’s current GMT-31XX midsize body-on-frame architecture, which will be dubbed 31XX-2. The vehicle will get an all-new exterior and interior, along with an all-new powerplant in the form of the turbocharged 2.7L I-4 L3B gasoline motor currently offered in the Silverado 1500. In that application, the boosted four-pot is rated at a healthy 310 horsepower and 348 pound-feet of torque. The TriPower engine will see its torque rating boosted to a whopping 420 pound-feet in the refreshed 2022 Silverado 1500 thanks to various physical upgrades to the engine.
The midsize pickup truck, which has consistently ranked in the top three spots in its segment from a sales volume standpoint, will also adopt GM’s new Global B electrical architecture – otherwise known as Vehicle Intelligence Platform, or VIP. Besides allowing for over-the-air (OTA) updates to all vehicle components, Global B also allows for the latest in infotainment and active safety technologies.
The 2023 Chevy Colorado will continue to be built at the GM Wentzville plant in Missouri alongside its corporate cousin, the 2023 GMC Canyon. GM invested $1 billion into the facility specifically for the new midsize pickups.
The international-market variant, marketed as the Chevrolet S10 in South America, is expected to become ever more similar with the North American-market model. The S10 will be built at the São José dos Campos plant in Brazil, which received a $1.3 billion investment for the next-gen model. The GM Rayong plant in Thailand, which built the S10 for Southeast Asia, has been shuttered and sold off as GM/Chevrolet withdrew from that region.