GM will ship certain 2022 Chevy Colorado units to dealerships without under hood insulators due to a materials shortage, GM Authority has learned.
Affected 2022 Chevy Colorado units began leaving the GM Wentzville plant in Missouri on June 1st, 2022. Vehicles shipped without under hood insulation (RPO code R6N) will have a window sticker indicating as such. It’s currently unclear if buyers will receive monetary compensation for the absence of the insulation, or if it can be retrofitted by the dealership at a later date. Underhood insulation helps to dissipate some of the heat from the engine.
As GM Authority noted previously, GM and other automakers have dealt with a shortage of semiconductor chips over the past year, but seat foam and other similar materials made using petroleum products have also been hard to come by. It’s unclear what the reasoning for this shortage is at the moment, however.
Customers are currently unable to order the 2022 Chevy Colorado with the 2.8L I4 LWN turbodiesel Duramax engine, as we reported previously, with production of these variants of the pickup ending on July 4th, 2022. Production of the 2022 Chevy Colorado and closely related 2022 GMC Canyon began at the GM Wentzville plant earlier this year, with the last units scheduled to roll off the assembly line at the GM Wentzville plant on December 23rd, 2022.
GM has introduced a redesigned, next-generation Chevy Colorado for the 2023 model year, which will enter production this coming January. The new Colorado rides on a modified, wider version of the GM 31XX platform and comes standard with GM’s turbocharged 2.7L I4 L3B gasoline engine, though the base tune of the four-cylinder mill will carry a different RPO code. The 2023 Chevy Colorado will enter production at the Wentzville facility in early January, following the conclusion of 2022 Colorado production there in December.