GM will soon pull the veil off of the next-generation 2023 Chevy Colorado, along with the closely related 2023 GMC Canyon. Both of these new mid-size trucks will offer their own unique characteristics, but which one are GM fans looking forward to the most?
With its lower starting price and greater mass appeal, we wouldn’t fault any GM Authority readers for setting their sights on the 2023 Chevy Colorado, as opposed to its GMC-badged equivalent. This next-generation Chevy Colorado will incorporate modern styling cues following the current Chevy design language with an upright grille and new headlamps, and will also feature a wider, more aggressive stance.
We expect the 2023 Chevy Colorado to launch with the existing WT, LT and ZR2 trim levels, whilst adding new RST and Trail Boss trim levels as well. We also expect the Z71 trim level to be dropped, with similar equipment being offered in a Z71 package available on the LT and RST trim levels. The only 2023 Colorado configuration we’ve seen GM test so far is the Crew Cab Short Box, and given the huge levels of demand for Crew Cab trucks, we’re left to wonder whether a Colorado Extended Cab will be offered this time around.
On the other side of the aisle is the slightly more premium 2023 GMC Canyon. We expect the next-generation Canyon to follow the latest GMC design language, with an exterior that will likely be heavily inspired by the refreshed 2022 GMC Sierra 1500. We expect the truck to launch with the Elevation Standard, Elevation, AT4 and Denali trim levels. It will also introduce the new AT4X trim level from launch, which will inject the same off-road character as the Colorado ZR2 into the upscale Canyon package. The 2023 GMC Canyon Denali may also be the first midsize GM pickup model to offer the GM Super Cruise semi-autonomous driver assist system, which would further enhance its appeal among GM truck fans.
As many GM Authority readers will already know, both the next-generation 2023 Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon will ride on an upgraded version of the GMT31XX platform, known internally at GM as 31XX-2. Both trucks will also equip the turbocharged 2.7L I4 L3B gasoline engine as standard, which is rated at 310 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque in GM’s current full-size trucks. The four-cylinder will connect to the GM 10-speed automatic transmission as standard across the board.
We expect these trucks to share similar interior features and technologies, including new digital display screens and the latest GM infotainment system running the Google Automotive OS. This infotainment system’s usability will be further enhanced by the OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, available via GM Connected Services plans.
So with all that in mind, GM Authority readers, which of these two trucks are you more excited for? Let your voice be heard by voting and commenting below.