The auto industry has changed a lot since the arrival of the current generation Chevrolet Colorado in 2015. More trucks are available than ever, and fully electric trucks are already hitting the road. So it’s no surprise that Chevrolet is looking to fundamentally redesign the pickup for the next-gen model. A new batch of spy photos caught the truck during high altitude testing in Colorado, giving us a first look at it.
The photos don’t reveal much as the truck wears heavy vinyl wrap, which hides the finest design details of the truck. The facings hide the front and rear fairings, which should receive a complete new styling, although the truck appears to be roughly the same size and proportions as the current model. Camouflage cannot hide the large rear fender flares which distort the camouflage around the truck bed.
We’re not sure what kind of powertrains the next-gen Colorado will offer, although we do know that the truck will run on an evolution of the current truck’s GMT31XX platform, creatively dubbed the GTM31XX-2. This means we could see the current powertrain lineup continue, although General Motors has ambitious plans to electrify its lineup in the coming years, so it looks like some form of electrification of the model is possible at one. given moment.
We doubt an electrified Colorado will make it to the truck launch, although anything is possible. It’s unclear when Chevy plans to launch the new pickup, but we expect it to debut next year as a 2023 model. It could go on sale before the end of 2022. Colorado will have to do so. facing a stable of competitors like the Ford Ranger and the Toyota Tacoma and new entrants like the Hyundai Santa Cruz and the Ford Maverick, which could distract customers from choosing the bigger pickups. .