Since its return to the Chevy lineup in 2015, the Colorado has carried on with minimal visual updates while other midsize trucks have passed it by stylistically. The 2021 Chevy Colorado will put a stop to the lack of change with a refreshed look that puts more distinction between trim levels.
Buyers will find the bulk of the updates to the 2021 Chevy Colorado up front where this midsize pickup will boast new grille center bars, lower fascias, and skid plates on the WT, LT, and Z71 trims. With these updates, Chevy will put some distinction between the trims with a unique-looking front end for each level. Further distinguishing these trims are new gold bow tie logos on the WT and LT models and black bow ties on the Z71. All 2021 Colorado models will get a “Chevrolet” embossed tailgate in place of the rear bow tie emblem.
The off-road-ready ZR2 model will get even more rugged looking, as it will be the only 2021 Colorado with the new flow-through “Chevrolet” front fascia. It will also gain new red tow hooks to go along with its 2-inch suspension lift, 3.5-inch-wider track, off-road rocker protection, and other off-the-beaten-path upgrades.
Under its hood, we expect the 2021 Chevy Colorado to continue with the same engine options, starting with a standard 200-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder paired with a standard six-speed automatic transmission. Optionally, buyers can go with a 308-hp 3.6-liter V6 paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission or a 2.8-liter turbocharged diesel four-cylinder with 186 hp and 369 pound-feet of torque mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. No matter the powertrain configuration, the 2021 Colorado will come standard with rear-wheel drive or optional four-wheel drive.
The current Colorado struggled in IIHS safety testing with a “Marginal” safety rating in the passenger-side small-overlap test, “Poor” rating in the headlight test, and “Basic” rating in front-crash prevention. The latter is due to its lack of available automatic emergency braking, as the Colorado only has optional forward crash warning. We expect no changes to the 2021 Colorado’s safety equipment or ratings.