GM officially unveiled the all-new 2023 Chevy Colorado yesterday, pulling the sheets on a fresh third generation for the midsize pickup nameplate. Among the updates and changes is the addition of the new special edition Desert Boss package for the 2023 Chevy Colorado ZR2, and now, GM Authority is bringing you the very-first live on-the-road shots of the new Colorado ZR2 Desert Boss.
For those readers who may be unaware, the Desert Boss package adds in a selection of components and features that enhance the 2023 Chevy Colorado ZR2 in terms of styling and off-road prowess. This particular example is draped in an exterior paint color dubbed Nitro Yellow Metallic, which is tagged with paint code GCP and complements the third-gen’s revised styling with a bright, eye-catching finish.
The front end sports a unique front fascia treatment only offered with the Colorado ZR2 Desert Boss Package, and includes a prominent front bash bar. We also spot some extensive underbody skid plate protection, as well as ZR2 badging and a red front tow hook. The black cladding ties in well with the black hood bulge and Flowtie badging.
Moving to the sides, we see a set of 17-inch wheels wrapped in knobby Goodyear Wrangler rubber. Also check the hash mark decal on the front fender and rocker protection bar. Towards the rear of the vehicle, you’ll find a sports bar and sail panel, as well as a roof-mounted light bar and further ZR2 badging.
Finishing off the rear is a single exhaust tip that exits around the rear passenger-side fender. Yet more ZR2 badging is added to the tailgate.
Further upgrades specific to the 2023 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Desert Boss package include an underbody camera system with 10 camera views, including a segment-first underbody camera. All 2023 Colorado ZR2 models are equipped with Multimatic DSSV dampers and ZR2-specific chassis upgrades, while ground clearance is set at 10.7 inches.
Under the black hood bulge you’ll find the top 2.7L Turbo High-Output tune for the turbocharged 2.7L I4 L3B gasoline engine, included as standard and only available for the ZR2 trim level. Output is rated at 310 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque, all of which hits the four-wheel drive system through the updated GM eight-speed automatic transmission.
The all-new 2023 Chevy Colorado will be available in the first half of the 2023 calendar year, with production taking place at the GM Wentzville plant in Missouri.