The 2023 Chevy Colorado Trail Boss is a great choice for those interested in a capable off-roader without too many frills or extras. However, for those customers that want off-road capability, plus a little extra coddling in the cabin, the Colorado Trail Boss falls quite short. As such we think the Chevy Colorado Trail Boss need a more luxurious counterpart. We’ll explain.
Not only does the Chevy Colorado Trail Boss look great from the outside – with a high stance, thanks to a two inch lift from the factory and a wide stance – but its rough-and-tough attitude is matched with considerable off-road capabilities. However, once you step into the cabin, things get a bit more low-rent, with an interior spec that’s more or less plucked from the base-model Work Truck (WT).
- Watch the video below for detailed tour of the Colorado Trail Boss interior
So then – what about an up-level Colorado Trail Boss that keeps the wide stance and suspension, but adds a nicer cabin to the mix?
If such a configuration were to be offered, this is how we would do it. We’d rename the current Colorado Trail Boss as the Colorado Custom Trail Boss, then repackage the current Colorado Z71 as the Z71 Trail Boss for off-road capabilities and a more premium cabin, without stepping up to the more extreme (and substantially more expensive) Colorado ZR2. In this plan, the current Colorado Z71 would be replaced by the new Z71 Trail Boss, while the existing model would also continue – albeit under a new name.
From there, Chevy could offer a light off-road package for the Colorado LT as a replacement for the current Z71, adding all-terrain tires, tow hooks, LED lighting, wheel moldings, the drive mode system, and the two-speed transfer case. The Z71’s optional 20-inch wheels could also trickle down to the LT, or even be offered on a potential RST model, the latter of which would make another fine addition to the latest third-gen lineup, at least in our opinion. In fact, we even rendered what a potential Chevy Colorado RST might look like.
All told, the Colorado’s bigger brother, the Chevy Silverado 1500, already offers the Custom Trail Boss and LT Trail Boss, so why shouldn’t the Chevy Colorado also offer two off-road focused Trail Boss variants with varying levels of equipment and cabin premium-ness?