2020 Chevy Colorado First Preview – Minor Updates for Diesel Engine and ZR2 Model

We already wrote the new generation of the Chevrolet Colorado mid-size truck is due by 2022. However, during that period, General Motors has to refresh this vehicle. Well, it is already happening. Recently, the company presented the all-new version of a pickup. Its standard ZR2 trim level had some updates for an off-road drive and it is launched as Bison truck. The next edition of the compact pickup we will see as 2020 Chevy Colorado. However, Bison is a limited edition and the company develops new surprises for its fans.

Colorado was the best truck in the class for the last couple of years. Now, the company is not making huge steps, although the competition is growing. They are waiting patiently for the next generation. According to the first info, it will be breathtaking. By 2022, Colorado could present new engines, and one of them is hybrid. It is not going to be a surprise if we see a mild version already in 2020.

2020 Chevy Colorado ZR2


GM and Chevrolet must pay more attention than earlier. Now, their archrival Ford is back in the mid-size market with Ranger. Also, its Raptor version is already available for European buyers. It is just a matter of time when it will come to the US. Then, FCA plans to bring back Dodge Dakota and place it in the same category.

This is a threat to 2020 Chevy Colorado, but also a reason to be better. With small updates only, the upcoming truck could be even cheaper. Rivals are making the small pickup offer more since it was the best-selling unit in the category.

The return of 2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison is possible, especially since it is a response to Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro version. So, there is a lot more competition in this class than before. Buyers will benefit the most from these rivalries and companies must improve their products while paying attention to the price to stay as low as possible.

2020 Chevy Colorado Facelift

The new Bison edition of the truck could give us hints about the upcoming changes. One thing is eye-catching to all – the new grille. It is not wearing a bow-tie any more. Instead, there is a big Chevrolet badge between headlights. This is one of the changes we could see on few Chevy trucks so far. Initially, we thought the official teaser photo was showing a big heavy-duty truck. But, it seems like all Chevy trucks are getting a similar design.

Besides the grille, headlights and bumper will have to refresh its look to be compatible with the new design of front fascia. The new 2020 Chevy Colorado could borrow a six-way tailgate from its bigger sibling, Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and its twin GMC Sierra 1500.

2020 Chevy Colorado facelift

Features and Trim Levels

The strong side of the 2020 Chevy Colorado is its wide offer of models. From the base variant, up to heavily-packed trucks, you will find something interesting. The new Colorado is going to keep its entire lineup for 2020 season. That means the entry-level pickup is going to be “Base” unit. Mid-range trucks are WT and LT. A Z71 is the off-road capable version, while the beast for all terrains and weathers is 2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2. Its special Bison edition is pushed it even more to extreme capabilities. But, this model is not certain for the future.

Besides standard packages among these trim levels, buyers will be able to purchase additional equipment. Again, this depends on trim levels and compatibility. Whatsoever, premium audio and navigation are always optional. Both interior and exterior will present new colors. Accessories are coming in groups, so you can pick to upgrade the infotainment system or security, for example.

2020 Chevy Colorado interior

2020 Chevy Colorado ZR2 More Off-Road Fun

If the 2020 Chevy Colorado ZR2 keeps some features from current Bison truck, then no other vehicle can match its performance in this segment. Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro – NO, Ford Ranger Raptor – NO, Nissan Frontier Pro-4X – NO. It is already the best pickup for tough situations thanks to a diesel drivetrain under its hood. Nothing is going to stop the ZR2 – rain, mud, or snow. But, we must mention the new 2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 will get a different configuration than the base model. It adds off-road suspension and a special damping system. More ground clearance allows this truck to go over high rocks and bumps. Finally, it will get a special update for its body, so the ZR2 appears more rigid and more aggressive.

2020 Chevy Colorado Specs

The base drivetrain for the 2020 Chevy Colorado will be a small 2.5-liter displacement. It is good for 200 horsepower and that is the starting offer for this truck. However, the least popular. Buyers who buy petrol version are an option for a V6 engine. This 3.6-liter displacement is capable to produce 310 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy is not bad, returning up to 25 mpg on the highway. But, it drops to just 18 mpg highway when you purchase it through 2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 model. Another difference between the two petrol drivetrains is in its transmissions. Smaller displacement is using an eight-speed shifter, while the V6 is transferring power through a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox.

2020 Chevy Colorado Diesel

Last, and the most exciting solution for the engine room is a turbodiesel mill. A 2.8-liter Duramax unit is capable to produce 185 hp and 370 lb-ft of torque. It boosts mileage even for ZR2 model. With diesel drivetrain, it returns 21 mpg combined. With other trim levels, we can count on 26-27 mpg. Colorado truck also offers 4×2 and 4×4 drives for their buyers.

2020 Chevy Colorado diesel

Other Configurations

This is not the end of options the new 2020 Chevy Colorado is going to offer. Consumers will have further choices with a different bed and cabin configurations. Cab sizes and box length are options to mix. Regular Cab with the two-door body and 4-door Crew Cab are offering a long 74-inch bed. The short box can be paired only with a Crew Cab. Its length is 62 inches. The new 2020 Chevrolet Colorado will remain the top option for towing among compact trucks. It can tow up to 7,700 pounds properly equipped with diesel drivetrain and a long bed. Petrol units are good for 3,500 pounds (four-cylinder) and 7,000 lbs (V6).

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