With the introduction of an all-new generation, both the 2023 Chevy Colorado and 2023 GMC Canyon received an extensive overhaul of virtually every component. One such update was an increase in wheelbase, which comes despite sharing the same general vehicle platform as the second-gen midsizers. Now, General Motors has disclosed the reasoning behind this significant change.
During a recent media briefing for the upcoming 2024 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison, GM engineers revealed that the 3.1-inch increase in wheelbase as compared to the preceding generation was implemented to allow the third-gen Colorado and Canyon to fit 35-inch tires.
It’s worth noting that although General Motors didn’t further elaborate on this intriguing detail, it certainly seems that engineers designed the Colorado and Canyon from the ground up with the range-topping off-roading monsters in mind.
As a reminder, the 2023 Chevy Colorado is available with two engine options, including the turbocharged 2.7L I4 L2R gasoline engine, rated at 237 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, and the turbocharged 2.7L I4 L3B gasoline engine, which produces either 310 horsepower and 391 pound-feet of torque, or 310 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque, depending on the tune. Meanwhile, the 2023 GMC Canyon is only available with the High Output tune of the 2.7L L3B.
Both midsize pickups feature an updated version of GM’s eight-speed automatic transmission.