A tan 2021 Chevy Colorado ZR2 is parked in the desert while a red one races past.

New Year Means A New Colorado

Why Should I Consider Chevy Colorado?

The hype surrounding the launch of the 2021 refresh of Chevy’s mid-size pickup truck lineup is at an all-time high, and one of these you should keep your eye on is the 2021 Chevy Colorado. The Colorado is a mid-size pickup with a history spanning back 17 years, and in 2021, Chevy looks to continue the second-generation of their beloved mid-size pickup with some great new stylistic designs featured throughout the exterior and is at the forefront of this year’s rendition. We recommend if you’re interested in the Chevy Colorado, then you should visit a Chevy dealer near you for a test-drive.

Although some features have yet to be announced, including what will power their new Colorado trucks, we can most likely assume that a majority of features that we saw in 2020 will make their way to the new iterations as well. We can also expect mutual specs and performance in regards to any interior related designs or safety features and we are not complaining.

What’s New For 2021?

A tan 2021 Chevy Colorado ZR2 is kicking up sand in the desert after leaving a Chevy dealer near me.

Let’s start with what’s new for the 2021 Colorado. Most of the changes you’ll see are featured on the exterior this time around, and because of this, the Colorado gets a beastly new look that’s sure to amaze fans of the old design and may even give some owners of previous models a solid enough reason to upgrade their vehicle.

The exterior features we mentioned start with a completely redesigned front-grille and tailgate that makes it really stand out amongst its predecessors and, more importantly, the competition. We think you’ll really appreciate this new design, especially now that every Chevy Colorado now comes standard with 17-inch wheels. The badging on the front and rear is completely new as well, and Chevy has announced three new colors to choose from.

This is the design you will find on a few of the Colorado trims, the LT, WT, and Z71. The off-road-oriented Z72 trim receives a different cosmetic upgrade than the rest with a different style of badging on the grille plus the addition of red-tow hooks which furthers this trim’s uses as a powerful and efficient off-road mid-size pickup truck

What Can We Expect

Something we can expect to see in 2021 is the engines found in the 2020 Colorado. The first engine is a 2.5L I-4 engine that comes paired with either a manual or automatic 6-speed transmission. Fitted inside of a 2020 Colorado, it has the ability to produce 200 hp and 191 lb-ft of torque and should perform as such if we see it brought over in 2021 and should continue to be a solid base engine for your truck.

The next engine we’re expecting to see is the powerful 3.6L V6 engine with an 8-speed automatic transmission, which produces an impressive 308 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. The last engine that can be found inside of a 2020 Colorado is a 2.8L I-4 diesel engine that came with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Although the latter could only produce 181 hp, which is the lowest of the bunch, it delivers the best torque at 369 lb-ft. We can expect Chevy will keep diesel engine fans in mind for next year, so it’ll be safe to assume you’ll be seeing a diesel variant once again.

Much of the features set we see in 2020 models will most likely remain unchanged for 2021 and for good reason. Looking at the infotainment center and safety features that are built into the 2020 Chevy Colorado are still modern in terms of similar technologies you will find currently on the market. For example, the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 System has some exciting features drivers will love, such as a wireless charging pad for your smartphones plus an array of USB ports to connect your devices to the infotainment system.

Speaking of personalized connectivity, the included infotainment system comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which gives you ease of access to your music, navigation, and your phone’s AI assistant, such as Siri. Features such as Siri are available at the push of a button, so there’s no reason to take your hands off the wheel if you need to ask Siri a question ever again. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto both contain their own app stores and allows you to personalize your dashboard to your liking. All of these features are complemented further by the implementation of a 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot that grants you and your passengers with high-speed internet on the go. This hotspot allows passengers to use their wireless devices to listen to music, watch a movie, or browse the web without having to worry about data usage.

Safety Features

A red racing edition 2021 Chevy Colorado ZR2 is kicking up sand in the desert.

In terms of safety features that we’re expecting to see return, there are a few notable ones we’d like to see. This includes Forward Collision Alert, which alerts you with a visual or auditory warning once your vehicle detects another vehicle ahead of you applying their brakes in an event such as traffic and helps prevent you from colliding with that vehicle. Another feature that Chevy offers in the 2020 model is an available Lane Departure Warning, which performs exactly as described. What this warning does is give you an alert if you’re accidentally drifting into the next lane if you haven’t applied your turn signal and is very helpful. This is a great feature to have in poor conditions or if you ever became momentarily distracted.

Lastly, the 2021 Colorado is likely to come standard with a rear vision camera, much like the current model. The camera displays the rear view of your vehicle onto the infotainment display and will help you avoid any obstacles while parking. To make parking even easier, the camera displays guidelines of your vehicle’s path and dynamically updates these guidelines and ultimately helps with tricky situations such as parallel parking. Chevy has yet to confirm if there will be any other safety features to be seen on the newest models, but we aren’t entirely expecting it either.

Why Choose Chevy

We’re excited to get our hands on the 2021 Chevy Colorado because of Chevy retaining everything we loved about last year’s model and simultaneously gives us a gorgeous new design throughout the exterior of the vehicle that we didn’t realize we wanted until now. Pricing has yet to be officially announced, but it should be safe to assume it won’t be strikingly different to the 2020 Colorado’s MSRP of $21,300, with the price gradually increasing depending on your choice of trim.

We think you’ll love the experience of driving a Colorado as it’s one of the very best mid-size pickups on the market, and 2021’s variant looks to be no different from that statement. If you’re interested in the new Colorado, then you can rest assured the wait won’t be too long now as they are planned to hit the market by mid-2020. After spending time with the Chevy Colorado, it becomes abundantly clear why this mid-size pickup is so widely appreciated by Chevy fans everywhere, and it’s something you should absolutely experience for yourself.