A few weeks ago, GM Authority reported that new units of the 2023 GMC Canyon and 2023 Chevy Colorado had finally begun shipping to dealers following the start of regular production (SORP) late last January. However, we’ve since learned that no new units of the 2023 GMC Canyon have been shipped after all, and that new units will in fact begin shipping next week on March 13th.
According to GM Authority sources, only new units of the 2023 Chevy Colorado equipped with the turbocharged 2.7L I4 L2R engine began shipping out to dealers on February 28th, which means WT and LT trim levels specifically. However, the 2023 GMC Canyon is not available with the L2R engine, and no new units of the 2023 GMC Canyon have been shipped thus far.
For readers who may not know, the 2023 GMC Canyon and 2023 Chevy Colorado are both equipped with the turbocharged 2.7L I4 L3B gasoline engine as standard. However, the L3B is available in multiple states of tune for the 2023 Chevy Colorado, with the “base” 2.7 Turbo tune tagged with its own RPO code (L2R). Higher trims in the 2023 Chevy Colorado lineup offer the 2.7L Turbo Plus engine, which is rated at 310 horsepower and 391 pound-feet of torque, and the 2.7L Turbo High-Output engine, which is rated at 310 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque. Meanwhile, the 2023 GMC Canyon is equipped as standard with the 2.7L Turbo High-Output tune.
The delay between the SORP for the 2023 GMC Canyon last January and the first shipments is the result of finalization for the truck’s fuel economy ratings from the EPA. As GM Authority reported previously, GM is unable to deliver new units of the 2023 GMC Canyon until the EPA signs off on the official fuel economy ratings.
Official fuel economy ratings for the 2023 Chevy Colorado have since been released, although these numbers likely pertain to units equipped with the L2R engine. It’s currently unclear if there will be separate ratings for 2023 Chevy Colorado units equipped with the Turbo Plus L3B and 2.7L Turbo High-Output L3B engines. The EPA has yet to release fuel economy ratings for the 2023 GMC Canyon.