Chevy Unveils Refreshed 2021 Colorado Pickup

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The Chevrolet Colorado is one of the more popular midsize pickup trucks on the segment, but there’s more competition with the introduction of the Ford Ranger and the Jeep Gladiator. To stop the wrinkles from coming in, Chevy has given the pickup a refresh for the 2021 model year. The main purpose of the refresh is to create more differentiation between trim levels.

At the bottom of the lineup, the WT and LT trims get new updated center bars, front skid plates, lower fascias, and gold Chevrolet bowtie logos. Z71 trims get the same changes, but instead of gold bowties, they get black ones. All Colorados get a new tailgate that has “CHEVROLET” embossed on it instead of the Chevy bowtie.

As one of the few brands that has an off-roading-oriented trim on its midsize pickup truck, Chevrolet is doubling down on its ZR2 trim by giving it a more aggressive look. The trim benefits from a unique front end that supposedly improves visibility. While that might be true, it gives the model a face that’s similar to the all-new Silverado Heavy Duty line of trucks, which aren’t exactly the prettiest models on the market. Other changes for the ZR2 include a “flow-through” front fascia with “CHEVROLET” cut into it, for the purpose of improving airflow, red tow hooks, and a new exterior shade called Sand Dune Metallic.

2021 Chevy Colorado

All of the ZR2’s off-roading goodies, like Multimatic DSSV dampers, front and rear electronic locking differentials, a 2-inch lift, heavy-duty skid plates, and much more are still included in the mix.

The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado is set to make its public debut on October 10 at the 2019 Method Race Wheels Laughlin Desert Classic. The updated ZR2 will debut shortly after at SEMA in Las Vegas, which is set to begin on November 5. Pricing hasn’t been announced yet, but we expect to get information on that down the road. Based on the changes, we’re expecting pricing for the Colorado to increase. The 2020 Colorado WT starts at $25,895 including destination, while the range-topping ZR2 trim costs $42,890.

Since the Colorado made a comeback in 2015, the midsize pickup truck segment has seen more competitors. While the Nissan Frontier and the Toyota Tacoma haven’t been redesigned, the latter received more features for 2020 that makes it better than ever. The Ford Ranger and the Jeep Gladiator are two of the newer trucks in the segment. And let’s not forget about the Honda Ridgeline. Giving the Colorado a more rugged look, especially for ZR2 models, is most likely to combat the Gladiator, which has become extremely popular in a short amount of time.

2021 Chevy Colorado

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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