The 2023 Chevy Colorado has made its official debut, ushering in a long list of changes and updates over the preceding 2022 model year. Topping the new trim level lineup is the 2023 Chevy Colorado ZR2 off-roader, and now, GM Authority is taking a closer look at the new Colorado ZR2 with the following trim level spotlight.
The third-generation 2023 Chevy Colorado trim level lineup includes five trims total, listed from bottom to top as WT (Work Truck), Trail Boss, LT, Z71, and finally, ZR2. The range-topping ZR2 is offered as the most off-road-capable of the bunch, and is now available with the new ZR2 Desert Boss package, as we will detail later in this post.
Outside, the 2023 Chevy Colorado features new exterior styling with a more technical, premium look. The new Colorado ZR2 adds to this with 17-inch Aluminum wheels wrapped in 33-inch OD MT tires, as well as a unique MIC Black grille, a Flowtie badge, and Black coloring for the sideview mirrors, hood applique, window surrounds, rear bumper, and grille bar. The new Colorado ZR2 also features a new tailgate storage system.
Inside, we find a standard 11.3-inch diagonal infotainment screen. The upholstery is done in a Black/Artemis color scheme, while the front seats feature 8-way adjustability and a heating function.
Making the go is the turbocharged 2.7L I4 L3B gasoline engine, which is offered in several states of tune, depending on the trim level. The new Colorado ZR2 runs the top 2.7L Turbo High-Output tune, included as standard and only available and for the ZR2 trim level, rated at 310 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque. Max trailering is set at 6,000 pounds, and four-wheel drive is standard. The updated GM 8-speed automatic transmission is on hand for cog swaps.
Naturally, the Colorado ZR2 is ready for off-roading thanks to goodies like Multimatic DSSV dampers, ZR2-specific chassis upgrades, and aluminum skid plates. The pickup boasts an approach angle of 38.3 degrees, a departure angle of 25.1 degrees, a break-over angle of 24.6 degrees, and 10.7 inches of ground clearance, the most ground clearance of the lineup.
Further off-roading prowess can be had with the available special-edition ZR2 Desert Boss package, which swaps in 17-inch beadlock-capable wheels, a new off-road bumper and front fascia, a sports bar and sail panel, a roof-mounted light bar, and an underbody camera system with up to 10 camera views, including a segment-first underbody camera, plus unique decals and emblems.