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The Ever-Dependable Chevy Pickup: A Brief Introduction


Over the last 20 years, the Chevrolet brand has been synonymous with the pickup truck segment due to its definitive Silverado Light Duty and Heavy Duty truck models. What some may not know is that the Silverado was originally introduced into the Chevrolet lineup as a trim level on the 70’s C/K trucks, and was later given its own model in 1999 due to its success. Since then, Chevrolet has carved out a large chunk of the national truck market due to the Silverado’s long-standing reputation for dependability, capability and performance. Five years after the introduction of the Silverado (2004), the Colorado was introduced as a mid-size option to round out Chevrolet’s truck lineup. The Colorado offers Silverado-like performance but on a compact scale. With the pickup segment evolving at an ever-increasing rate, we have seen everything from overland-ready to luxury-based models introduced into lineups across manufacturers. Below, you will see how Chevrolet is differentiating itself within the respective truck markets with their recently improved and planned pickup models.

The All-New Chevy Colorado


2023 Colorado Updates

The coming year will be an exciting time for Colorado fans and owners as Chevrolet has completely redesigned the mid-size pickup, inside and out. “The all-new Colorado is enhanced in every way. With its rugged and sporty styling, enhanced capability, new technology and customization options, it’s designed to be more discerning to customers and still offer them a great value” said Scott Bell, Global Vice President of Chevrolet. The entire Colorado lineup is built around a single wheelbase (with distinctive chassis stances) and cab configuration to tie each model back to a common theme: elevated design, enhanced performance and useful technology.

Exterior

  • Clear to those who are familiar with the previous generation Colorado (2015-2022), the exterior has been redesigned to reflect the future of the mid-size truck and elevates itself above the competition, both functionally and aesthetically. We at Walser Polar Chevrolet would personally describe it as rugged, but with refined, confident body lines. Each trim level provides its own personality, with design cues incorporating both urban and off-road environments.
  • Every trim sports a distinctive appearance, with off-road geared models like the Trail Boss planted in a wide, aggressive stance and LT standing with a sleek and sporty look. Characteristics such as grille, bumper and accessory configurations will also be unique to each trim to compliment the overall personality. Looking particularly at the ZR2, off-road focused additions like the skid plate (with red recovery hooks), 33-inch OD MT tires and high-performance 3-inch lifted suspension will immediately stand out to the common bystander. Owners should not feel limited even if they choose to go with an entry-level trim, as on- and off-road accessories will be available across the lineup.

Interior

  • The interior is centered around a class-leading, customizable 11.3-inch-diagonal color infotainment touchscreen and segment-first 8-inch-diagonal digital color instrument display.
  • 4 distinct interior options are available based on the selected trim level. Primary differences will be reflected in the stitching and color scheme. The interior is meant to reflect the feel of the exterior and will feature new round outboard vents, wrapped and stitched door knee pads and a center console.

Performance

  • The Colorado will house a single engine (2.7L Turbo) with 3 different variants, ranging in horsepower and torque. The engine receives a variety of enhancements for 2023 including a more rigid cylinder block casting, stiffer crankshaft and fully forged bottom end to further lend to durability. Each engine variant is more powerful in terms of horsepower and torque than the previous generation’s 3 corresponding engine offerings.
  • The 2.7L Turbo engine will be mated with a second-generation 8-speed automatic transmission, with refinements to offer smoother and quicker shifting. This transmission excels particularly well with off-road, low-speed mobility.
    • 2.7L Turbo | 237 HP > 259 lb.-ft. Torque > Up to 3,500 lbs. Max trailering > MPG: TBD
    • 2.7L Turbo Plus | 310 HP > 390 lb.-ft. Torque > Up to 7,700 lbs. Max Trailering > MPG: TBD
    • 2.7L Turbo High-Output | 310 HP > 430 lb.-ft. Torque > Up to 7,700 lbs. Max Trailering > MPG: TBD
  • The new chassis gives the truck a 3.1-inch-longer wheelbase and shortened front overhang over its predecessor, allowing for greater cargo capacity and significantly improved approach angle for challenging terrains. As an example, the ZR2 has a 38.3-degree approach angle, 25.1-degree departure angle and 10.7 inches of ground clearance.

Technology & Safety

  • As mentioned above, the Colorado receives an all-new high-resolution infotainment system and digital gauge cluster, meant to be fully customizable based on the driver’s wants and needs. With segment-first available Google Built-In, there is no need to utilize your phone while driving as Google Built-In can access maps, music, vehicle functions and more.
  • Up to 10 camera views (class-leading) are accessible through the infotainment screen, with a segment-exclusive underbody camera on Z71 and ZR2 trim levels.
  • A suite of safety features is standard, and available, based on the customer’s needs. Chevy Safety Assist (standard on all 2023 Colorado) includes 6 different safety features.
    • Forward Collision Alert
    • Automatic Emergency Braking
    • Front Pedestrian Braking
    • Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
    • Following Distance Indicator
    • IntelliBeam (automatic high-beam assist)
  • Available safety features include Blind Zone Steering Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, HD Surround Vision and Rear Pedestrian Alert.
  • 5 selectable drive modes are accessible through a console-mounted knob for varying road and terrain scenarios.
    • Normal: A balanced mode for everyday on-road driving.
    • Tow/Haul: Transmission shift points, throttle response and additional calibrations optimized for trailering and hauling.
    • Off-Road: Specific tractive and other dynamic performance features designed for general off-pavement driving.
    • Terrain: Designed for low-speed rock crawling, with specific throttle control, brake performance and other calibrations, with 3 settings.
    • Baja: Developed for high-speed desert running, with specific throttle control, transmission shifting and other body/drivetrain control calibrations.

Trailering, Tailgate & Cargo Bed

  • Not all information has yet to be released related to trailering capability and features, but we do know that the 2.7L High Output Turbo engine will tow an estimated 7,700 lbs. with the Advanced Trailering Package and have an estimated max payload capacity of 1,684 lbs.
  • The Colorado’s camera technology allows for standard Hitch Guidance and available Hitch View, with additional diagnostic and monitoring features housed in Chevy’s Trailering App.
  • A new tailgate uses an ingenious design to double as a lockable, watertight storage compartment and cooler. It also features a convenient measurement tool in case you forget your trusty tape measure.
  • A singular bed length will be available across the lineup, spanning 62 inches in length with up to a best-in-class 17 tie-downs (8 standard).

Trim Levels

WT | Entry-level model with work truck-based applications

LT | Aka “Luxury Touring” for its on-road comfort and overall value

Z71 | On-road premium feel paired with off-road performance

Trail Boss | Rugged personality, ready for work or play

ZR2 | Ultra aggressive off-road appearance and capability

(pricing has yet to be released – we expect to receive these numbers towards the end of 2022)

2023 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2
2023 Chevrolet Colorado Trail Boss
2023 Chevrolet Colorado Z71
2023 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Interior Cabin
2023 Colorado ZR2, Trail Boss and Z71 Lineup

The Recently Refreshed Chevy Silverado 1500


2023 Silverado LD Updates

The 2022 model year light-duty Silverado received a slew of updates in the form of interior and exterior appearance, performance improvements and technological advancements. The most noticeable changes include the redesigned front grille and lighting configuration, plus an all-new interior design. The front row of the cabin features a beautiful 13.4-inch-diagonal infotainment touchscreen and 12.3 inch-diagonal-configurable digital instrument cluster (standard on the LT trim level and above). Additionally, overall material quality and appearance have improved tremendously throughout the cabin with leather appointments, wood trim and refined stitching. For 2023, updates are relatively minor as the 4th Generation Silverado 1500 is only into the second year of its refresh. A couple of exterior paint colors will no longer be optionable but will be replaced with a pair of new color shades including Harvest Bronze Metallic and  Sterling Gray Metallic. The Duramax 3.0L Inline-Six Turbo-Diesel receives a slight bump in performance with 28 additional horsepower and 35 lb.-ft. of torque. Building on the Silverado ZR2, the ultra-aggressive off-road trim introduced in 2022, Chevrolet has developed the ZR2 Bison in conjunction with American Expedition vehicles to create an even more extreme off-road experience.

Exterior & Interior

  •  As mentioned above, the 2023 model year changes are minor. Exterior and Interior wise, there are no appearance changes across the lineup except for 2 new paint options (Harvest Bronze Metallic and Sterling Gray Metallic) and ZR2 Bison exclusive accessories. The ZR2 Bison trim level will be optioned with several off-road goodies such as 5 underbody skid-plates, rocker panel-protectors, redesigned off-road front and rear bumpers with improved approach and departure angles, 18-inch wheels featuring a trim exclusive design, 33-inch Goodyear Wrangler Territory MT tires, matte-black tailgate panel and AEV badging throughout.
  • Important carryover updates from the 2022 model year include:
    • Updated grille and bumper design with LED daytime running lamps, fog lamps and side mirror-mounted lights.
    • Fully redesigned interior for LT, LT Trail Boss, LTZ, RST, ZR2 and High Country trims featuring a sweeping horizontal instrument panel improving the feel of cabin spaciousness, along with a new, more functional center console with available electronic shift control (console-mounted shifter).

Performance

  • The Silverado 1500 lineup will continue to offer 4 solid engine options, including the improved Duramax I6 Turbo-Diesel. Available transmission options include an 8-speed and 10-speed automatic, with the 8-speed being exclusive to the 2.7L Turbo engine.
    • 2.7L High Output Turbo | 310 HP > 430 lb.-ft. of Torque > Up to 9,500 lbs. Max Trailering > 4WD MPG: 17 cty/20 hwy
    • 5.3L Ecotec3 V8 | 355 HP > 383 lb.-ft. of Torque > Up to 11,200 lbs. Max Trailering > 4WD MPG: 15 cty/19 hwy
    • 6.2L Ecotec3 V8 | 420 HP > 460 lb.-ft. of Torque > Up to 13,300 lbs. Max Trailering > 4WD MPG: 15 cty/20 hwy
    • Duramax 3.0L Inline-Six Turbo-Diesel | 305 HP > 495 lb.-ft. of > Max Trailering TBD > 4WD MPG: 22 cty/27 hwy

Technology & Safety

  • 13.4-inch-diagonal infotainment screen and 12.3-inch-diagonal digital gauge cluster with Google Built-In, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality.
  • Chevy Safety Assist, a suite of 6 standard active safety features, is standard on every trim and includes
    • Forward Collision Alert
    • Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
    • Automatic Emergency Braking
    • Front Pedestrian Braking
    • Following Distance Indicator
    • IntelliBeam auto high beams
  • Above the standard equipment, there is a range of available options to further enhance the driving experience such as Super Cruise Driver Assistance Technology, Electronic Transmission Range Selector, Head-up Display and Rear Camera Mirror, 8 cameras with up to 14 unique views (6 driving views, 4 hitch views and 4 parking views) and Bose 7-Speak Audio System with Richbass Woofer.

Trailering, Tailgate & Cargo Bed

  • Standard Trailering features include StabiliTrak with Trailer Sway Control and Hill Start Assist, Tow/Haul Mode, Auto Grade Braking and Industry-First Trailering Information Label. Available trailering options include:
    • Hitch Guidance with Hitch View
    • Hitch Area Lighting
    • Electric Park Brake Hookup Assist
    • Integrated Trailer Brake Controller
    • Trailer Theft Alert
    • Jack-Knife Alert
    • Bed View with Cargo Bed Zoom
    • MyChevrolet Trailer App (houses a suite of trailer monitoring and diagnostic features)
  • General Motors exclusive Multi-Flex Tailgate that can be utilized as a bed stop, bed step assist, working platform and tailgate party hero (with built-in Kicker audio system).
  • Class-leading 89.1 cubic foot standard cargo bed volume with 12 tie-downs.
    • Short Bed > 69.6-inch length | Standard Bed > 79.2-inch length | Long Bed > 97.2-inch length

Trim Levels

WT | Always ready for a hard day’s work – $35,600

Custom | All the style with all the value – $42,900

LT | Essential truck appeal, Silverado capability – $47,000

Custom Trail Boss | Ready to take on every off-road adventure – $50,800

RST | Sporty appeal, ready to turn heads – $51,200

LTZ | Uncompromising style & capability – $56,000

LT Trail Boss | Blending an iconic appearance with off-road capability – $56,300

High Country | You’ve reached the top, High Country is your reward – $61,600

ZR2 | Ultra aggressive off-road appearance with overland capability – $70,100

2023 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT
2023 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Multi-Flex Tailgate
2023 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 ZR2
2023 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Interior Cabin
2023 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT Trail Boss, ZR2 & Custom Trail Boss Lineup

The Upcoming Chevy Silverado HD


2023/2024 Silverado HD Updates

Similar to the light-duty Silverado, the heavy-duty Silverado lineup does not receive any significant changes to the core 2023 model year lineup. Due to this fact, will discuss the upcoming changes to the 2024 model below. The 2024 model year Silverado HD is slated to have a complete overhaul in the appearance and technology department, with tweaks in the performance to perfect Chevrolet’s heavy-duty pickup formula. Much of the technological improvements that were made to the 2022 and 2023 Silverado 1500, will now be available on the 2024 Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD, such as the 13.4-inch-diagonal touchscreen infotainment system and 12.3-inch-diagonal digital instrument cluster with Google Built-in. Additionally, the new model will sport a refreshed front end and an all-new interior design. Tweaks to the Duramax 6.6L Turbo-Diesel V8 have been made to further improve horsepower and torque output to increase towing capacity to up to 36,000 lbs. and 7,290 max payload (DRW configuration).

Exterior

  • The 2024 model year receives an all-new chiseled appearance that harkens back to the heavy-duty’s timeless design with a new fascia, new C-shaped headlights with LED daytime running lamps and a new grille.
  • Now standard, all models will have front-mounted tow hooks with “CHEVROELT” branding featured on the hood scoop.
  • 6 new exterior paint options will be available: Sterling Gray, Dark Ash, Radiant Red, Auburn Metallic, Lakeshore Blue Metallic and Meteorite Metallic.
  • Continuing from 2023, Z71 Sport Edition, Z71 Chrome Sport Edition and Midnight Special Edition appearance packages will be available.
  • New 18-, 20- and 22-inch wheel and tire options.

Interior

  • LT, LTZ and High Country trim levels introduce a dramatically redesigned cabin space centered around the all-new infotainment system that houses the segment’s largest infotainment screen.
  • Front seating comes in 2 separate configurations: bucket seats with command center (console-mounted shifter, wireless charging area and flow-under console) and bench seat with transforming center console (center front row doubles as a console and third seat, shifter mounted on the steering column).
  • More hidden storage underneath the primary console, upper and lower gloveboxes and behind the center infotainment screen.
  • Leather-wrapped surfaces with real wood accents on available models with climate vents and controls for second-row passengers.
  • 2 new available interior color options on High Country: Nightshift Blue and Jet Black.

Performance

  • The Silverado HD lineup will continue to offer 2 powerful engine options, including the improved Duramax 6.6L Turbo-Diesel V8. Available transmission options include a 6-speed and Allison 10-speed automatic, with the 6-speed being exclusive to the 6.6L Gas V8 engine.
    • 6.6L V8 Gas | 401 HP > 464 lb.-ft. of Torque > Up to 19,150 lbs. Max Trailering > 4WD MPG: TBD
    • Duramax 6.6L Turbo-Diesel V8 | est. 470 HP > est. 975 lb.-ft. of Torque > Up to 36,000 lbs. Max Trailering > 4WD MPG: TBD

Technology & Safety 

  • 13.4-inch-diagonal infotainment screen and 12.3-inch-diagonal digital gauge cluster with Google Built-In, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality.
  • Access up to 14 total camera views to keep an eye on cargo, parking distance, trailer integrity and much more.
  • A suite of 5 active safety features are standard on every trim and include Forward Collision Alert, Front Pedestrian Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Automatic Emergency Braking and Following Distance Indicator.

Trailering, Tailgate & Cargo Bed

  • Available trailering options include everything mentioned on the Silverado 1500 (above) plus 4 new features for 2024.
    • Hitch Guidance with Hitch View
    • Hitch Area Lighting
    • Electric Park Brake Hookup Assist,
    • Integrated Trailer Brake Controller
    • Trailer Theft Alert
    • Jack-Knife Alert
    • Bed View with Cargo Bed Zoom
    • MyChevrolet Trailering App
    • New Adaptive Cruise Control with Trailer (adaptive cruise control that accounts for additional drag and increased braking distance when trailering)
    • New Enhanced Transparent Trailer (expands use to fifth-wheel and gooseneck trailers)
    • New Trailer Side Blind Zone Alert (extends the blind zone area of interest)
    • New Gross Combined Weight Alert (warns driver if the vehicle exceeds GCW rating)
  • You guessed it, Multi-Flex Tailgate (six unique tailgate functions and configurations) with available power tailgate.
  • Durabed cargo box including CornerStep rear bumper, available 120-volt power outlet, 12 standard tie-downs (9 removable accessory tie-downs available) rated at 500 lbs. per corner and corner pillar/cab mounted lamps for full bed illumination.
    • Standard Bed > 82.25-inch length | Long Bed > 98.27-inch length

Trim Levels

WT | Pick a job. Any job. The Work truck has you covered

Custom | Hardworking & good-looking

LT | Classic appeal, complete capability

LTZ | Premium style, hardworking substance

High Country | The perfect combination of luxury & capability

ZR2 | Off-road spirit paired with heavy-duty performance

(pricing has yet to be released – given the added technology, we would expect to see a slightly higher starting MSRP than 2023 models)

2024 Chevrolet Silverado HD
2024 Chevrolet Silverado HD Multi-Flex Tailgate
2024 Chevrolet Silverado HD Interior Cabin
2024 Chevrolet Silverado HD Side Mirror
2024 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD DRW

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