We already wrote about the next-gen truck. The 2022 Chevrolet Colorado was supposed to come out earlier. But, the COVID-19 pandemic made the GM delay some of the premieres. Besides Colorado, the all-new Equinox and GMC Terrain will be out in 2022, instead of 2021.
What do we expect from the 2022 Chevy Colorado? The same things we mentioned in a report written more than two years ago. Spy photos are not out yet, but the GM Authority has some information about the pickup. One of the key changes could be a drop in the diesel unit. There are a lot of pros and cons to this idea.
The 2022 Chevrolet Colorado will remain the competitor thanks to the redesign. Plus, GM is drawing attention to the latest moves in the electric segment. The Hummer pickup will be an EV. It makes us think about the hybrid powertrain in 2022. Possible, isn’t it?
V6 Stays, Turbodiesel is Getting Replacement
A diesel unit was one of the trademarks of the Colorado truck. For some while, this was the only pickup in the US soil with an oil-burner in the engine lineup. But, recently, full-size trucks got the same treatment, and the same happened with the Jeep Gladiator. Also, there are a few other mid-size trucks that could add a diesel.
Anyway, this type of powertrain is being shut down. Emission standards are harder to meet. It is not all about CO2. On the other hand, the truckmaker benefits from high torque and excellent towing capacity. A 2.8-liter turbo-four made Colorado the most capable pickup in the market with 7,700 pounds of hauling potential.
The company is about to drop this unit and replace it with a cleaner choice. Big electrification is in process and General Motors already presented the electric truck. Well, the 2022 Chevrolet Colorado might get a hybrid solution first, instead of the zero-emission unit, like the one the Hummer is going to introduce.
A redesign is Still an Option
General Motors had big plans for the 2022 Chevrolet Colorado. According to sources, this truck was about to hit the new generation. But, a few complications happened recently. First of all, there is COVID-19 pandemic. The second one is the drop in sales of the flagship Silverado. Now, FCA sells more RAM 1500 pickups. So, GM needs to do something about the most important market in the US. So, the update of the half-ton truck becomes a priority.
Still, there is no time to waste in the mid-size pickup market either. New models are already there, and the 2022 Colorado is not going to maintain the leading position so easily. Plus, more of them are on the way. A revisit of existing packages is not enough. The truck has to take radical measures and turn the attention to its look and features. The ZR2 model is still the meanest off-road truck out there. A premium version is also an option.