Should the new 2023 Chevy Colorado have a turbocharged four-cylinder?

We are getting a new 2023 Chevy Colorado truck this year. With the redesign, we’re expecting a ton of upgrades from this popular midsize truck, and we saw some of the styling revisions in a Chevy video. But Chevy has been silent so far on the new Colorado’s engine options. Colorados are famous for the 2.8-liter Duramax diesel option, for example. But, could the new Colorado and its GMC cousin get the turbocharged four-cylinder from the 2022 Chevy Silverado?

The 2022 Colorado has three old-school engine choices

2022 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 | Chevy

The current Colorado and its twin the GMC Canyon have three engine options. You can order a 2.5-liter four-cylinder, a 3.6-liter V6, and a 2.8-liter turbocharged turbodiesel. The diesel is an attractive option, and the Colorado and Canyon twins are the only midsize trucks with a diesel option. With the diesel, the trucks can tow up to 7,700 pounds, thanks to its 369 lb-ft. of torque, but it looks like the diesel is going for 2023. The V6 has 308 horsepower and with it the truck gets 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.

New turbo-four is Silverado’s base engine

The base model Chevy Silverado truck now comes with a 2.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

The Chevrolet Silverado Pickup Truck | Chevy

The 2022 Chevy Silverado full-size truck features a new 2.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The engine produces more horsepower and more torque than the V6 you can order today in Colorado. In the Silverado, it produces 310 horsepower and 430 lb-ft, which means it also produces more torque than even the diesel. The big truck gets 19 mpg in the city and 22 on the highway. But a crew-cab Silverado weighs about 4,800 pounds, while a crew-cab Colorado weighs about 4,100 pounds. With 700 pounds less to pull, we’d expect a Colorado with the turbo four-cylinder to get even better mileage, better towing numbers and good acceleration numbers.

What we know about the new 2023 Chevy Colorado

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We’ve seen a preview of the new 2023 Chevy Colorado ZR2. Chevy has produced a short video clip that shows the truck bounding through the desert, and it says the truck will debut on July 28. Dealers should get the new Colorado trucks in late 2022. We also know that Chevrolet is targeting the off-road segment with at least two new off-road versions of the Colorado. So far, Chevy has announced a ZR2 version and an even more upgraded ZR2 Bison edition, which has even more off-road capabilities and could possibly go up against the next Ford Ranger Raptor.

Are Chevy Colorados Good Trucks?

Could the new 2023 Chevy Colorado be equipped with the Silverado's more powerful engine?

Chevrolet Colorado 2023 | Chevy

The Chevy Colorado got high marks for its powerful V6 and diesel engine option, which gives it class-leading towing capability. The trucks are also known to handle better than some of their competitors in the category. Reliability ratings are mixed. Consumer Reports ranks the truck near the bottom. JD Power, on the other hand, ranks the Colorado among the best for quality and reliability.

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