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2023 Chevy Colorado Debuts As Redesigned Ford Ranger Rival

The Ford Ranger returned to the U.S. market for the 2019 model year following an extended absence, but this time around, it’s a mid-size pickup competing with the Toyota Tacoma, Nissan Frontier, and Chevy Colorado. The all-new, next-generation Ranger has already launched in some other parts of the world, but won’t land in the U.S. until next year, alongside the new Ranger Raptor, marking the first of an eight-year production run. However, the new Ranger and Ranger Raptor will have the brand new 2023 Chevy Colorado to contend with soon, as that model – along with the Raptor-rival ZR2 – has been revealed.

Interestingly, due to past sales results, the third-generation 2023 Chevy Colorado offers fewer configurations than its predecessor. That means a four-door crew cab with the shorter five-foot-two-inch bed, and no more short cab and long-bed configurations. The new Colorado is larger than the current-gen model as well, measuring 2.3 inches wider with a 3.1-inch-longer wheelbase. Things get bigger inside too, where buyers will find a new, larger 11.3-inch infotainment screen.

One of the most notable changes present in the new Colorado is its revamped engine lineup, as the mid-size pickup has dropped its diesel powerplant and will now only be available with one single powertrain option – GM’s turbocharged 2.7L I-4 mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Output varies by trim, with the WT and LT producing 237 horsepower with 259 pound-feet of torque, the Z71 and new Trail Boss (as well as the WT and LT, as an option) offer up 310 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque, and the ZR2 cranks out 310 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque.

The all-new Trail Boss bridges the gap between the regular Colorado and ZR2 by giving customers the same wide stance, but a smaller two-inch lift, 17-inch wheels, and 32-inch Goodyear Territory AT tires. The more hardcore ZR2, on the other hand, comes equipped with 17-inch wheels, 33-inch mud-terrain tires, Multimatic Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve (DSSV) dampers, and front and rear electronic locking differentials. The optional Desert Boss package adds even more in the way of beadlock-capable wheels, a bash-bar front bumper, roof-mounted light bar, and underbody camera.

Pricing for the 2023 Chevy Colorado has yet to be announced, nor did GM provide an exact launch date for the new pickup, but it’s expected to enter production in the first half of 2023, just in time to do battle with its Blue Oval-based rival.

We’ll have more on everything Ford’s competition is up to soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for 24/7 Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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Comments

  1. JoeMama

    I love it.

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  2. Crabbymilton

    For better or for worse, I guess turbo engines are here to stay. Time will tell if this engine holds up.

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  3. what

    This thing looks amazing

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  4. David Dickinson

    If you thought Ranger sales were bad now….

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  5. MalibuRam

    GM is not messing around they are focusing on quality these days . And they know the new Tacoma is right around the corner. GM is not even thinking about the Ranger

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  6. Steve

    Thats a good looking truck.

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  7. TScill

    GM Trucks and SUV’s looking fresh and sharp these days. Expedition and Ranger old and frumpy!

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  8. Whip

    I hope Ford doesn’t do away with the extended cab. I’m actually hoping for a regular cab. (Coming from a 51 y/o single man with no kids who fly fishes 5 days a week lol)

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  9. jbbooky

    When did they drop the 3.6 V6? Going the way of the manual trans, I guess. Shame.

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  10. Crabbymilton

    Well nobody wants stick shift in volume numbers. The 3.6 is a nice engine but if the turbo 4 puts out the same power, then it’s an opportunity to simplify and standardize things. True a none turbo would be nice for those that don’t need that much power for fleets or lower costs.

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  11. Stalkbroker94

    Ugh. Fire the morons at GM doing the designing over there. No cohesion or sense of design direction.

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  12. Randy S Rasile

    I know I’m in the minority, but I have never liked the 4 door cabs on any truck. I’d much rather look at an extended cab, or a regular cab, than anything with 4 doors, especially with a short bed. As my father in law used to say, those aren’t trucks, they are SUV convertibles, otherwise known as grocery getters…

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  13. The Gentle Grizzly

    Will someone. ANYONE. Build a small or medium truck without the room-hogging console?

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  14. Leo

    It appears GM wants to take control of the midsize market, they had the most hp and now have the most torque as well. Ford entered midsize with the most torque, down on hp and has not had any changes. In the unibody class Ford leads in nothing coming up short on hp and torque to Santa Cruz, and hp to Ridgeline, less towing capacity than both. Ford apparently only cares about class leading in 1/2 ton and up, kudos to GM, now build and get them available to the public.

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  15. Mike says..

    GM always knew how to paint a pretty picture….. or is that just lipstick on a pig? There is a reason FORD is number 1 ….. and the other guys are always second place!

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  16. MYRPH

    I HOPE IT IS NOT THE SAME TWITCHY 8-SPEED TRANSMISSION….

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