The 2023 Chevy Colorado is poised to introduce an all-new third generation for the pickup truck nameplate, and with it, a next-generation Colorado ZR2 off-roader model as well. As regular readers will know, GM Authority has spied the new 2023 Chevy Colorado ZR2 testing on several occasions, including one prototype that was seen benchmarking alongside a right-hand drive Ford Ranger Raptor. Now, however, this latest batch of spy shots provide us with our best look yet.
Outside, the 2023 Chevy Colorado ZR2 will boast an all-new design, which is obscured by the heavy camouflage on this particular prototype. Nevertheless, we can still see elements of the new look peeking out through the cracks. For example, up front we see production lighting bits with horizontal headlights and LED lighting signatures. Also notable is the visible front skid plate.
In the corners, we see the Colorado ZR2 once again riding on massive tires. The Goodyear Wrangler Territory MT rubber has the same specs as we’ve seen on previous prototype models, measuring in at 33 inches (285/70R17) as compared to the 31-inch tires sized (265/65R17) of the current model. The tires wrap a familiar six-spoke design, also seen previously on prototype models.
Also of note are the serious-looking dual-level rocker protection, which could serve as high-clearance step rails as well. The jacked-up suspension includes Multimatic DSSV shocks tucked behind the big rear tires, with the shocks obscured by black paint that covers the bold blue-and-gold finish underneath.
Further updates for the new generation will include a completely overhauled interior, while under the hood, the 2023 Chevy Colorado ZR2 will feature the turbocharged 2.7L I4 L3B gasoline engine, also found in the Chevy Silverado 1500 where it produces 310 horsepower and uprated at 420 pound-feet of torque for the latest 2022-model-year refresh. The four-banger will pair with the GM 10-speed automatic transmission, while the atmospheric 2.5L I4 LCV, atmospheric 3.6L V6 LGZ, and 2.8L I4 LWN turbodiesel Duramax are not expected to return for the 2023 model year.
Under the skin, the 2023 Colorado ZR2 will ride on the 31XX-2 platform, an updated version of GM’s current GMT-31XX midsize body-on-frame architecture. The new truck will also adopt the Global B electrical architecture and offer the latest digital features.