2023 Chevy Colorado WT: The Workhorse32
The third-generation Chevy Colorado pickup has arrived for the 2023 model year, ushering in a long list of changes and updates. Now, we’re taking a closer look at the base 2023 Chevy Colorado WT (Work Truck) with the following GM Authority trim level spotlight.
For those who may be unaware, the 2023 Chevy Colorado trim level cadence introduces a few changes over the preceding 2022 model year, now listed from bottom to top as WT (Work Truck), Trail Boss, LT, Z71, and ZR2, with the Trail Boss now joining the lineup as a full-fledged trim level (previously offered as a package for the second-generation truck). The WT is once again offered as the base trim level, and includes all the basics one would expect.
Let’s start with the exterior, where we find all 2023 Chevy Colorado trim levels present updated styling front and rear, with a more premium, technical aesthetic compared to the previous generation. As for the 2023 Chevy Colorado WT specifically, standard spec includes 17-inch Painted Ultra Silver wheels wrapped in All Season tires, while the front fascia incorporates an Active Shutter Grille. The fascia is finished in MIC Black, as are the sideview mirrors and door handles, while a Corner Step bumper is found in the rear. Halogen lighting with automatic on/off is standard.
Moving inside, the 2023 Chevy Colorado WT features cloth upholstery and a six-way adjustable driver seat, plus a four-way adjustable front passenger seat. The rear seat cushion hides extra storage. Infotainment spec includes a fully digital eight-inch driver instrument cluster and an 11-inch integrated center stack touchscreen, plus six-speaker audio. Wireless phone projection is also standard, as is remote entry.
Standard safety stuff includes:
- Automatic Emergency Braking
- Forward Collision Alert
- Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
- Front Pedestrian Braking
- IntelliBeam Auto High beam Assist
- Rear Door Child lock
- Rear Vision Camera
- Teen Driver
As for the greasy bits, the 2023 Chevy Colorado is offered exclusively with the turbocharged 2.7L I4 L3B gasoline engine, which is available in three states of tune. The 2023 Colorado WT is equipped as standard with the base 2.7L Turbo tune, which will actually get its RPO code, rated at 237 horsepower and 259 pound-feet of torque (3,500 pounds max trailering), while the mid-range 2.7L Turbo Plus tune (310 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque, 7,700 pounds max trailering) is optional. The updated GM eight-speed automatic transmission is standard across the board.
The all-new 2023 Chevy Colorado will launch for the first half of the 2023 calendar year, with production set to once again take place at the GM Wentzville plant located in Missouri.
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First “work truck” to my knowledge to not have ext. cab and 6 ft. box.
Can’t argue with you there. GM need to reconsider this decision. I propose GM comes with a C-10 WT model, extended cab and single cab, with 6′ box AND 2.8L turbo diesel option. The C-10 WT would go mostly to fleets, but private customers will still be able to order one. Come on GM, you need to cover ALL BASES!
Can you get 4X4 with the base engine, or do you have to upgrade? Why even have the turbo on the 2.7 if it only makes 237 hp? The 2.5 from the previous generation was at 200 hp without a turbo, right?
GM has extensive sales and market research data that you don’t have. If GM had data that supported the expense of a longer bed version of the Colorado, they would have made one, end of story. My guess is that GM’s data indicates that most folks who need/want a longer bed are much more likely to buy a Silverado, so overall the expense of a longer bed version for a single digit percentage take rate just wasn’t worth the extra costs/complexity.
Where’s the “single digit” data you refer to?
Where’s the sales data that supports the justification to build multiple cab with multiple bed options?
Apparently you didn’t buy enough of the current Colorado to justify those options in the new model.
Deflect. I never made a claim that I couldn’t support.
The last straw for me was when GM dropped the double cab Trailboss/AT4. It was a gorgeous truck in that configuration, with a still pretty useful bed. The crew looks like a bloated whale, and a disproportionately small useless bed. Just confirmed with a Ford dealer that the Rattler off road package can be ordered in the extended cab for ’23. With as good as all these trucks have become in the last several years, the cab/bed configuration becomes one of the major decision factors.
WTH? Ummm, custom TB comes with the medium bed, which is actually longer and bigger than fords medium bed size. It also comes in a 4door, not fords suicide doors. It’s also not aluminum bodies and cheaper. The TB is also a much more aggressive off road pack and is wider with mono tube shocks. Why The heck would you do that?
I use a truck for carrying things around and actual work. I don’t carry around a family of 5 and the occasional bag of grass seed. Thus this new Colorado is useless for me. An extended cab long bed would have been perfect. GM continues to shrink
If you want an actual work truck then I suggest you stay away from this. The huge plastic grill is very cheap and will break quickly.
I continue to be disappointed by the brand that I once revered. Toyota seems to tick all the boxes… Hey Mary, Take a page from Toyota and get your act together, or don’t you care about anything other that your multi-million dollar “compensation” package.
Bring back the long bed !!!!
Standard box please.
Been a G.M. customer all my life but I now will have to change brand so I can get a extended cab.
I’ve long since given up on reg. cab 8′ bed Colorado/Canyon, that’s just never going to happen and there’s a strong case to be made why it makes sense. However, no ext.cab with 6′ standard size box is unforgivable. Besides the practicality of the 6′ bed, the crew with stubby box just ruins the look of the truck.
I agree John a 100 percent. Truck looks out of portion.
I just don’t like 4-door trucks, but extended/super cabs are great. I wish Silverado’s still came that way too. I will continue to make do with regular cabs. My trucks are not grocery getters or family cruisers, just trucks.
What’s wrong with the cab and bed options for the newest Silverado?
You can get a 6.5′ bed with the double (extended) cab or the regular cab.
Well the Silverado is fall larger of a vehicle than I would need and it has gone up in leaps and bounds the past several months to where a simple regular cab long bed WT with 4X4 is way over 40K now with a few options. The smaller pickups with extended cab were quite a bit less but it remains to be seen how much the prices increase on this since they are all 4 doors now.
Double cab is 4-door. So I have the regular cab w/8’ bed. That works.
Oh I see. Those back doors are tiny though, so I would think having some extra cabin space and still having the 6.5′ bed is a decent compromise.
After I asked though, I started wondering if you just wanted the extended cab with the 8′ bed. That used to be a thing.
Short beds with crew cabs just look strange.
GM does aggravating moves at times. They dropped the first gen Colorado w/o replacement for 3 yrs. Dropped rcsb in the U.S. for a time only to bring back in one trim level. Drop V6. Drop manual trans. Now seems only crew cab Colorado? May be why not class leader in sales? Less choice compared to competition.
People do not know how much complexity it take to have a truck in all 31 flavors. Buying casting machines, and doing validation on different cab sizes and bed lengths. If it was simple just throwing a longer bed on and calling it a day is one thing but it is not that simple. Have to calculate break even analysis over the lifespan to see if it is worth it. Cannot accommodate everyone but the ones that make the most business sense. For these who need more bed space it why GM offers a full size truck. I know everyone would love to have a tailor made truck for their own.
Yeah, you’ll never convince them. Apparently everyone wants a long bed, crew cab, V8 Diesel Colorado with a manual transmission.
And of course nobody would actually buy such a thing.
They could do that. But then they wouldn’t sell any.
Look around at the trucks you see everyone driving.
To the moderator/author: any word on whether this (WT) trim will offer a standard telescoping wheel and/or push-button start? The former (a telescoping wheel) in particular, I’ve always thought it incredibly odd that considering the purchase price, such wasn’t standard on base/WT trims for either the Colorado OR Silverado – to say nothing of the notion that it’s a standard/typical feature on seemingly every new vehicle for about the last 15 or so years?
contacted my GM dealer about propane or lpg truck and he said didn’t make them, I know you do, hate to buy a ford. Does GM have these trucks or not, looking for one half ton or larger.
No, I want a regular cab, with a 4 cylinder NA, and a clutch pedal.
And you can rip out all that fancy BS crap too.
A truck without fancy crap is called a work truck.
Manual transmissions are pretty much dead.
See, I’d like to see that 5 foot bed on a regular cab.
I think that would be so cool looking.