GM unveiled the 2023 Chevy Colorado late this past July, introducing an all-new third generation complete with new exterior styling, a totally overhauled interior space, and a new powertrain to boot. Now, GM Authority has learned when production of the 2023 Chevy Colorado ZR2 is set to begin.
According to sources familiar with the matter, production of the 2023 Chevy Colorado ZR2 will kick off in April of the 2023 calendar year. This date is a little later than the production start for other variants of the third-gen Chevy Colorado, which will begin rolling off the line on January 25th, 2023, per previous GM Authority coverage.
As is the case for the current second-gen Chevy Colorado, production of the third-gen 2023 Chevy Colorado will once again take place at the GM Wentzville plant in Missouri. The Wentzville plant is the same facility that produces the GMC Canyon, Chevy Express, and GMC Savana.
The 2023 Chevy Colorado ZR2 is once again offered as the “Desert Runner” of the lineup, and features 17-inch Aluminum wheels shod in 33-inch OD MT tires. To complement the updated 2023 Chevy Colorado exterior, the ZR2 also includes a unique MIC Black grille, Flowtie badge, and a Black finish for the sideview mirrors, hood applique, window surrounds, rear bumper, and grille bar.
With regard to off-roading goodies, the 2023 Chevy Colorado ZR2 runs Multimatic DSSV dampers, trim-level specific chassis upgrades, and aluminum skid plates. The new ZR2 Desert Boss package is also available.
Under the hood, the third-gen Chevy Colorado is offered with a single powertrain, specifically the turbocharged 2.7L I4 L3B gasoline engine. The L3B is available in three states of tune depending on the trim level selected, with the 2023 Chevy Colorado ZR2 running the top 2.7L Turbo High-Output tune as standard, rated at 310 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque.