The 2023 Chevy Colorado got its big debut last summer, with GM pulling the sheets on an all-new third-generation pickup. The reveal included a look at the truck’s new exterior, overhauled interior, and new powertrain. As was also the case for the second-generation pickup, off-roading fans are once again offered the Chevy Colorado ZR2, and now, new Colorado ZR2 deliveries are officially underway.
GM Authority has confirmed with a Chevy spokesperson that 2023 Chevy Colorado ZR2 deliveries have just started. Production of the 2023 Chevy Colorado ZR2 began last May, as GM Authority covered previously. Production was originally set to kick off in April, but was delayed by roughly a month. Production takes place at the GM Wentzville plant in Missouri, the same facility that produces the GMC Canyon, Chevy Express, and GMC Savana.
The 2023 Chevy Colorado is offered as the “Desert Runner” of the third-gen pickup lineup, running 17-inch wheels wrapped in 33-inch OD MT tires, as well as a unique grille, Flowtie badging, Black sideview mirrors, Black bumpers, and a few other choice bits and pieces.
The rig’s off-roading claims are backed by Multimatic DSSV dampers, aluminum skid plates, and unique chassis upgrades. Approach angle is set at 38.3 degrees, departure angle is 25.1 degrees, and breakover angle is 24.6 degrees. There’s also a total of 10.7 inches of ground clearance. Those customers that need even more off-roading goodness can step up to the new ZR2 Desert Boss package, which adds in 17-inch beadlock-capable wheels, a new off-road bumper and fascia treatment, a roof-mounted light bar, and more.
As for the powertrain setup, the 2023 Chevy Colorado ZR2 is equipped as standard with the turbocharged 2.7L I4 L3B gasoline engine, specifically the top 2.7L Turbo High-Output variant rated at 310 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque. Output is routed through the updated GM eight-speed automatic transmission, while the updated GMT 31XX platform provides the underpinnings.