2021 Chevrolet Colorado Getting New Look, Desert Debut

Chevrolet has just revealed a new look for the Colorado midsize pickup. It's a refresh for the 2021 Colorado, not an all-new model, and the new front end is set to make its first public display in an off-road race before heading to the SEMA show in Las Vegas.

The automaker says that the new noses will make more of a differentiation between trim levels. The WT, LT, and Z71 trims will all get a new centre bar for the grille as well as a new lower fascia and skid plate on the bumper. The two lowest trims will get an all-new gold bow-tie logo while the Z71 will be a black bow-tie affair.

It's the off-road ZR2 model, though, that might see the biggest changes to its looks. It's going to get a flow-through Chevrolet grille bar, much like the one that's been showing up on the Silverado 1500 and HD. The black grille bar with cut-out lettering lets more air into the radiator to help keep things cool. Also new will be red tow hooks as standard and a new desert sand paint colour. What won't change on the ZR2 are the Multimatic DSSV off-road shocks, the front and rear locking differentials, 2.0-inch suspension lift, and a host of other off-road bits.

The new ZR2's first race will be the 2019 Method Race Wheels Laughlin Desert Classic, with it set to appear there starting Thursday and Hall Racing will campaign a truck with the new nose. After that, it'll be at the 2019 SEMA show starting November 8. The production version is set to hit showrooms sometime next year.


Updated looks 10/8/2019 1:00:00 PM