Back in May, GM Authority learned that certain examples of the 2022 Chevy Colorado ZR2 would be produced without the standard rocker panel shields. GM has now resolved this parts constraint, allowing rocker panel shields to return to the 2022 model-year Chevy Colorado ZR2 as standard equipment.
As of the May 9th production date, some 2022 Chevy Colorado units were not produced with the standard Off-Road rocker protection (RPO code S6L) rails due to a parts constraint. These components 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 as factory equipment or as an official GM accessory. While it’s unclear if buyers of affected Colorado ZR2 are eligible for a retrofit for the rocker protection, it seems likely given the components are relatively simple to install. It’s also unclear how many Chevy Colorado ZR2 units were actually produced from May 9th onward.
The final example of the 2022 Colorado ZR2 will roll off the production line at the GM Wentzville plant in Missouri this December, with GM set to shift to the updated 2023 Chevy Colorado production in early January.
The updated 2023 Chevy Colorado, which is offered in the ZR2 trim level, offers new exterior styling, wider front and rear tracks, a completely overhauled cabin with new display screens and technology and more than 200 new official accessories from the GM catalog. Motivation is sourced from GM’s turbocharged 2.7L I4 L3B gasoline engine, which is rated at 310 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque in the ZR2, while an updated GM eight-speed automatic is the sole transmission option. Pricing for the entire range will be divulged closer to the truck’s official launch next year.