Standing as the first model year of the Bow Tie brand midsize truck’s third generation, the all-new 2023 Chevy Colorado marks a significant departure from the preceding model in terms of exterior styling, interior amenities, and powertrain specifications. Today, our photographers have captured production-spec photos of yet another off-road focused 2023 Colorado ZR2, highlighted in the following GM Authority Live Photo Gallery.
As a range-topping ZR2-trimmed model, this particular 2023 Colorado is outfitted with all sorts of goodies to take its all-terrain capabilities to the next level, including Multimatic DSSV dampers, ZR2-specific chassis upgrades, and aluminum skid plates. Adding to the visual appeal, this Colorado is also painted in the striking Nitro Yellow Metallic (color code GCP) color.
Up front, we can spot the ZR2-specific front fascia, which appears to be covered in mud or dirt, alluding that General Motors may have been testing this particular unit’s off-road prowess. LED headlights and daytime running lights are positioned high on the fascia, with a Chevy Bow Tie (or “Flow Tie” in this case) is mounted front-and-center. Red tow hooks and the aforementioned aluminum skid plate can be seen down below.
Moving around to the side, this ZR2 rolls on 17-inch Graphite and Oxide Gold aluminum wheels, wrapped in 33-inch OD MT tires. Body-colored door handles blend in with the eye-catching paint job, while the mirror caps are finished in black. A ZR2 sticker is positioned on the rear of the bedside.
Out back, we see the CHEVROLET lettering debossed into the tailgate, while a single rear exhaust pipe exits just behind the passenger-side rear tire.
In regard to powertrain specifications, the range-topping ZR2 trim level is equipped as standard with the high-output variant of the turbocharged 2.7L I4 L3B gasoline engine, which develops 310 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque.
As for the drivetrain, all 2023 Chevy Colorado ZR2 units are configured with 4WD, while the updated GM eight-speed automatic transmission directs the power to the pavement (or dirt).
Under the skin, the 2023 Colorado rides on an updated version of the GMT 31XX platform, known internally as the GMT 31XX-2. Production of most Colorado models began on January 25th, 2023 at the GM Wentzville plant in Missouri, while ZR2 production will kick off this month.