3 Months Left Until Chevy Kills Colorado’s Diesel Engine

Some may not know that Chevy is still offering the 2.8-liter Duramax LWN I-4 turbodiesel engine in the 2022 Colorado. But not for long. Chevy announced the end of the line for the venerable diesel is the first week of July. The 2023 Colorado will only be available with the 2.7-liter turbocharged I-4 L3B gasoline engine.

When will Chevy build the last diesel 2022 Chevrolet Colorados?

2022 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Extreme | GM

Chevy’s Wentzville, Mo., assembly plant was tasked with building diesel models of the company’s midsize pickup July 4-8. After this week, Chevy will no longer manufacture diesel-powered Colorado trucks, according to GM Authority. Production of 2022 Colorado trucks will only continue for one month before being reconfigured for the all-new 2023 truck.

While the next Colorado will carry over the current truck’s 31XX platform, it is heavily revised. A big improvement is to incorporate the GM Global B electrical architecture. This means that it can now receive over-the-air updates and will feature advanced technology features.

What engine options will the 2023 Chevy Colorado have?

Rendering Chevy Colorado 2023

Rendering 2023 Chevy Colorado | Chevrolet car United States

The L3B I4 engine from the Chevy Silverado 1500 will find double duty in the 2023 Colorado. In the Silverado, it develops 310 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque. It will also ditch the diesel’s six-speed automatic in favor of GM’s new 10-speed transmission. Chevy dropped the manual transmission option in 2019. Together, that’s a big improvement over the diesel’s 181 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque.

And, of course, the 2023 GMC Canyon will also see all of those same changes because it’s essentially the same as the Colorado and built on the same Wentzville line. We know a lot more about the two trucks.

Starting at the front, slim LED headlights extend across the top of the fascia, with trim connecting them. It’s better integrated than the current truck, with toned down scattered detail. You can see it uses the same basic body structure on the DLO side. The square wheel openings are gone, replaced by a round style that, really, makes it look like many other midsize trucks. Too bad.

Testing the 2023 Colorado ZR2s in thick camouflage gives some clues

The 2022 Chevy Colorado can do well off-road with the ZR2 package.

Chevrolet Colorado 2022 | Chevy

The 12-spoke wheels are 18-inch alloy units. Interiors will have upgraded materials and features after learning its lesson on the 2019 Silverado’s cabin. The 2022 Silverado received a new cabin. Trims will include LT, ZR2 and Premier packages. The W/T work truck will be the base Colorado truck. Seen in heavy camo with ZR2 trim, 33-inch tires, Multimatic DSSV shocks and front skid plate spied.

With production beginning in August, the 2023 Colorado is expected to be available in dealerships in September. We can’t wait to see if the long time that Chevy has stuck with the current generation means it’s spent that time making sure it’s a worthy contender for the rush of all-new midsize trucks coming in as well. 2023. It’s going to be a big year for this popular truck segment.

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