Making splashdown late in July, the 2023 Chevy Colorado introduces a fresh third generation for the midsize nameplate, with all-new styling, a completely overhauled interior, new tech, and more. Now, we’re taking a closer look at the 2023 Chevy Colorado Z71 trim level out in the real world with the first live photos.
For those who may be unaware, the 2023 Chevy Colorado Z71 is the penultimate trim level in updated 2023 Chevy Colorado trim level cadence, slotting in between the range-topping ZR2 and mid-range LT. As one might expect, the new Z71 is off-road capable, but not quite to the same level as the ZR2.
Like the rest of the 2023 Chevy Colorado lineup, the Z71 gets the full third-generation rework for the exterior styling. The front end is now more aggressive and technical looking, with the Z71 adding in a few bits and pieces to help it stand out, such as a pair of red tow hooks for the lower fascia. The grille bar also includes a black finish that works well with the revised front fascia and complementary black trim bits.
Standard spec for the Z71 includes LED lighting elements for the headlights, daytime running lights, fog lights, and taillights. This particular example is finished in an eye-catching shade dubbed Glacier Blue Metallic.
Moving around to the sides, the 2023 Chevy Colorado Z71 rides on 18-inch Aluminum wheels with all-terrain tires as standard, while 20-inch wheels are available as an optional extra. Also of note are the black fender flares, which are included elsewhere in the lineup and add an extra dash of rough-stuff attitude to the aesthetic. Heated and power-adjustable sideview mirrors are included with the Z71 trim.
Inside the overhauled cabin space, the 2023 Chevy Colorado Z71 features a Black / Adrenaline Red color scheme with cloth and leatherette upholstery. The Safety Package, Technology Package, Convenience Package II and III, and Advanced Trailering Package are all included.
As for the greasy bits under the hood, the 2023 Chevy Colorado Z71 is powered by the turbocharged 2.7L I4 L3B gasoline engine with the mid-range 2.7 Turbo Plus tune as standard. Output is rated at 310 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque. The updated GM 8-speed automatic transmission provides the cog swaps, while an updated version of the GM GMT 31XX platform provides the bones.