Certain examples of the 2022 Chevy Colorado ZR2 will be produced without the standard rocker panel shields, GM Authority has learned.
Starting with the May 9th production date, some 2022 Chevy Colorado units will not be produced with the standard Off-Road rocker protection (RPO code S6L) due to an ongoing parts constraint. These shields are intended to protect the pickup’s rocker panels from damage when off-roading and are only offered on the Colorado ZR2. They are not available on the WT, LT or Z71 trim levels in any capacity.
It’s currently unclear if affected Colorado ZR2 buyers will receive a credit in exchange for this component, or if they will be eligible for a retrofit. Rocker panel protectors are a commonly sold aftermarket part for off-road trucks and SUVs, so affected owners could also buy a third-party version if they don’t want to take their truck off-road without this extra layer of body protection. It’s not clear when this part will return to regular availability for the 2022 Colorado ZR2.
GM is currently developing the highly-anticipated, next-generation 2023 Chevy Colorado, which will make its official debut later this year. The third-gen Colorado will introduce more modern exterior styling to the mid-size pickup, along with a completely overhauled cabin and new RST and Trail Boss trim levels. Power will come from GM’s turbocharged 2.7L I4 L3B gasoline engine, however it’s not clear how much power on tap. This engine, for reference, produces 310 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque in the refreshed 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500. The truck will ride on an upgraded version of the current model’s GMT31XX platform and will also migrate to the advanced GM Global B electrical architecture.
Seeing as this next-generation model is inbound, the 2022 Chevy Colorado ZR2 is not long for this world. The final example of the 2022 Colorado ZR2 will roll off the production line at the GM Wentzville plant in Missouri in December, with GM set to shift to 2023 Colorado production shortly after.