UPDATE: following the publication of this article, GM Authority learned that only 2023 Colorado units equipped with the base 2.7L Turbo L2R engine, specifically the WT and LT trim levels, were being shipped at this time.
The 2023 Chevy Colorado and 2023 GMC Canyon introduce all-new third generations for both pickup truck nameplates, ushering in new exterior styling, overhauled cabins, and a new powertrain to boot. GM unveiled the 2023 Chevy Colorado last July, while the 2023 GMC Canyon made its debut last August. Now, however, GM Authority has learned that new units of the 2023 Chevy Colorado and 2023 GMC Canyon have only begun shipping to dealers as of today.
According to GM Authority sources, no units of the 2023 Chevy Colorado or 2023 GMC Canyon were shipped until today, as GM was waiting on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to finalize the trucks’ fuel economy ratings. Although testing was complete and all the relevant data was sent to the EPA, GM was unable to deliver vehicles to customers until the fuel economy ratings were signed off by the regulatory body. As a result, all new units of the 2023 Chevy Colorado and 2023 GMC Canyon since the start of regular production (SORP) on January 25th, 2023 have been stockpiled – until now.
GM Authority has been in contact with a GM spokesperson who confirmed that the new third-generation trucks began shipping to dealers as of today, February 28th, 2023.
For now, the official EPA fuel economy figures for the 2023 Chevy Colorado and 2023 GMC Canyon have yet to be officially released to the public. However, during a recent real-world test drive, GM Authority recorded an average of 26.5 mpg while driving a short 6.6-mile open road trip at a steady 65 to 70 mph. Additionally, the onboard trip recorded showed an average of 15 mpg since the vehicle originally left the factory.
As a reminder, both pickups are equipped with the turbocharged 2.7L I4 L3B gasoline engine, which is offered in multiple states of tune for the 2023 Chevy Colorado, and a single tune for the GMC Canyon. Both trucks ride on the updated 31XX-2 platform, and both are produced at the GM Wentzville plant in Missouri.