Eager to explore rocky trails and sandy dunes in a midsize pickup truck? The Chevrolet Colorado is a solid option, and now emerging from a cloud of wispy desert dust is the updated 2021 version
Changes focus on appearance; mechanical specifications remain the same. The new look adds aggression to bring the 2021 Colorado more in line with bigger Chevrolet trucks, and help it stand out at trailheads or in the hardware store parking lot.
WT, LT, and Z71 trims get updated front fascia with a new layout, logos, and skid plate. The first two get a Chevy bowtie badge finished in gold, while the off-road-oriented Z71 trim will have a black bowtie. All Colorados get a new tailgate with embossed Chevrolet lettering, much like what’s seen on the Silverado 1500 and Silverado 2500 HD.
The top-level, trail-tuned Colorado ZR2 gets additional revisions to signify its toughness. Like before, a trim-specific fascia leaves the front tires more exposed for a maximized approach angle. For 2021, the grille is wider and more open, featuring cut out Chevrolet lettering to allow a bit of extra airflow. Skid plates and red tow hooks help signify its purpose—as if the lifted suspension, wider track, and huge knobby tires weren’t enough. Locking differentials and phenomenal DSSV dampers from Multimatic carry over.
Also new and exclusive to the Z71 and ZR2 is a very in-vogue “Sand Dune Metallic” beige exterior paint, which should only look better the dustier it gets.
Previously a comparison test winner, we’re counting on the refreshed Colorado to be just as likeable as its earlier versions. Though pricing has not been announced, and the ZR2 won’t debut until the SEMA show in November, there’s already a competition-ready version of the new Colorado. It’s built up and ready to take on the 2019 Laughlin Desert Classic, an off-road race held in the sands of southern Nevada.
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