The 2023 Chevy Colorado and 2023 GMC Canyon will usher in fresh generations for both pickup nameplates, with a variety of changes and updates incoming. However, what’s not clear at this point is whether or not the 2023 Chevy Colorado or 2023 GMC Canyon will offer CornerStep bumpers.
Here’s why we’re unsure. In case you missed it, GM Authority has posted several articles pouring over new spy photos of the 2023 Chevy Colorado and 2023 GMC Canyon, both of which have been caught testing in prototype form. While the details of these prototypes have shown us things like the new fascia, new headlights, and the like, the rear bumpers have been something of a question mark. Some of the prototypes show the rear bumpers without a cutout for the CornerStep feature, but at the same time, the pickup’s squared-off rear end suggests that the rear bumper does in fact include the feature, and that it’s only hidden under the wrap to throw us off.
For those who may be unaware, the GM CornerStep bumper feature provides added convenience with easier access the pickup truck box. Each CornerStep bumper has an integrated step in the corners of the rear bumper, which also includes a textured pad for more grip. Additionally, there’s an ergonomically shaped handhold built into the box rail protectors for added ease of ingress and egress.
Although this feature is equipped by the current models, the prototype next-gen models covered thus far have yet to make it clear whether or not the feature will continue into the next generation.
That said, there are still several noteworthy changes we do know at this point. In addition to a revised exterior and interior, the 2023 Chevy Colorado and 2023 GMC Canyon will feature the turbocharged 2.7L I4 L3B gasoline engine as standard, with output rated at 310 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque when equipped with the refreshed 2022 Chevy Silverado and 2022 GMC Sierra. Under the skin, the trucks will ride on an upgraded variant of the GMT31XX platform.