Chevrolet has surprised us by unveiling the upcoming 2021 Colorado way earlier than expected.
It’s almost time for SEMA, the Las Vegas-based show where carmakers from around the world show their latest and greatest for 2019. It’s also a time where aftermarket specialists and tuners display their latest creations for bragging rights.
Big truck makers aren’t usually one to brag, but GM seems to be putting a finer point on their mid-size pickup by unveiling the 2021 Colorado super early. Like, it’s not even 2020 yet, Chevy. Calm down.
And Chevy is starting off the 2021 model with the top-trim ZR2 model showing just how much this pickup will change in 1.5 years. Chevy says the emphasis on the redesign will be to differentiate each trim level, with the ZR2 being the most extreme off-roader of the bunch.
Right away we get to see Chevy's new "Sand Dune Metallic," an exterior paint reserved specifically for the Z71 and ZR2 trims. The entire front fascia has been revised with a larger grille, a new Chevy bowtie emblem, and the same "Chevrolet" lettering as found on the 2019 ZR2 Bison. That's taking a page out of the Ford Raptor's playbook, but you could argue that the ZR2 is the Raptor of the midsize segment.
Along with the larger grille, the 2021 model gets new headlights, new red tow hooks, and a generally meaner look about it. The truck still has the same overall shame same fenders, hood, and side mirrors, and the same Multimatic DSSV dampers, electronic locking differentials, and 2-inch suspension lift.
Engine and performance specs are still a mystery, but we haven't heard any rumors of the new Colorado's powerplant changing.
The 2021 Colorado ZR2 will debut at the 2019 Method Race Wheels Laughlin Desert Classic on Oct.10 and will be driven by Hall Racing. After that, it's off to SEMA to show off the new truck. Hopefully, we'll have a bit more to report on then.