The 2023 Chevy Colorado introduces a fresh third generation for the pickup, once again offering up the off-road-ready Chevy Colorado ZR2 trim level. Among the many features blessing the 2023 Chevy Colorado ZR2 with its rough-stuff prowess is Baja Mode, as detailed here in the following GM Authority Feature Spotlight.
Developed with input from off-road racer Chad Hall, Baja mode provides users with more confidence and control on loose surfaces, affecting a number of different onboard systems.
Baja mode on the 2023 Chevy Colorado ZR2 is intended for off-road recreational driving at “higher speeds,” specifically hard-packed sand, dirt, and gravel surfaces. This driving mode is not intended for on-road usage. Baja Mode will affect the pedal map (throttle response), Four-Wheel Drive Auto system, transmission shift points, ESC, and TCS, all which was designed to provide heightened vehicle response. In addition, the rear lockers will remain locked at all speeds, and the ABS will also be optimized for shorter stopping distances on loose surfaces.
To activate Baja Mode on the 2023 Chevy Colorado, turn the Mode knob on the center console to the appropriate setting. A pop-up screen will appear on the center infotainment screen asking to confirm that Baja Mode can modify the ESC system. Switching to Baja Mode reduces ESC intervention for enhanced performance. Additionally, Baja Mode will activate Dynamic Performance Mode, which will enable the transmission to hold the current gear after quickly releasing the throttle following heavy throttle application, providing greater engine braking.
As a reminder, the 2023 Chevy Colorado features the turbocharged 2.7L I4 L2R in addition to the turbocharged 2.7L I4 L3B Turbo Plus and Turbo High-Output gasoline engines. The 2023 Chevy Colorado ZR2 runs the top 2.7L Turbo High-Output tune, producing a maximum of 310 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque.