The Chevy Colorado ZR2 has a new face.
Love it or loathe it, the 2021 Chevy Colorado ZR2 gets the Silverado’s flow-through grille treatment. GM’s approach to this mid-cycle refresh focuses on setting each trim level apart on appearance, with the ZR2 seeing the most dramatic facelift of all. A new Sand Dune Metallic paint color option also arrives for Z71 and ZR2 models. They’re relatively minor changes, but a fresh face should help keep the Colorado relevant against the likes of the Toyota Tacoma, which also received minor updates for the 2020 model year.
To set the other trim levels apart, General Motors announced the WT, LT and Z71 trims will get updated center bars, lower fascias and new front skid plates for 2021. The WT and LT get new gold Chevy bowtie logos, while the Z71’s get a black bowtie instead.
Underneath, GM didn’t announce any major changes to the 2021 Chevy Colorado lineup. The ZR2 still gets its Multimatic DSSV dampers, standard front and rear locking differentials, a 2-inch suspension lift, wider track, and a host of skid plates. However, the 2021 Chevy Colorado ZR2 does get red tow hooks for a bit more visual flair.
Any powertrain changes?
No information emerged on powertrains, though we suspect they won’t change much from the current generation. This announcement focused almost solely on appearance, so it’s unlikely we’ll see any radical changes in technical specs for the 2021 models. “With its new-look front end and tailgate, Colorado will now have a more aggressive appearance to match its award-winning capability,” said Bob Krapes, director of Chevrolet’s truck marketing.
The 2021 Chevy Colorado will go on sale next year. GM will still build the truck at its Wentzville, Missouri plant, and it will make its first official outing at SEMA in Las Vegas. Before that, Hall Racing will race in a 2021 Chevy Colorado ZR2 this week. They’ll compete in the 2019 Method Race Wheels Laughlin Desert Classic, which takes place October 10.
TFLtruck will be at SEMA this year, so stay tuned for more updates on the 2021 Chevy Colorado! In the meantime, check out the current model below: