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2021 Chevy Colorado Diesel In-Depth Review


Oct 2, 2019
2021 Chevy Colorado Diesel

There hasn’t been a lot of competition in the segment of mid-size trucks in the past decade, so it’s no wonder that most players in the segment are pretty old. The Colorado, along with its mechanical twin Canyon, has been around since 2014, though the actual model was introduced two years later in Australia, so we can say it would definitely need a couple of updates. Simply, the competition became significantly tougher this year. The Ranger has come back to the U.S. market, while there is also an all-new Jeep Gladiator. Therefore, it’s no wonder that GM is planning updates, in order to remain this model the second best-selling in the segment, behind Tacoma. Of course, this includes the 2021 Chevy Colorado Diesel version as well. This is currently the only diesel compact truck on the market, but rivals are preparing something similar for the future as well.

2021 Chevy Colorado Diesel

2021 Chevy Colorado Diesel Changes

Like the gasoline models, the 2021 Chevy Colorado Diesel is about to receive an update. According to the latest reports, this will be a typical facelift, with the focus on visual changes. The current model hasn’t been updated since the 2012 launch. Also, keep in mind that this truck is designed by the Australian department, so it doesn’t actually feature aesthetics in accordance with the taste of North American drivers. Moreover, Tacoma and Canyon look numerous times better.

So, what would be the changes in the upcoming model? As we’ve just mentioned, this should be a typical facelift. The focus will be on the front end, which is about to get a new face. We count on a lot of changes, as the company plans to keep the current generation in production for at least three more years. Therefore, we count on a lot of influence from the new Silverado. Count on a new grille, new headlights, bumpers and much more. The rear end should come with a couple of updates as well.


When it comes to interior design, we probably won’t see too many changes. Most truck drivers still see small pickups as primarily working machines, so cabins in all models look simple and feature mostly hard plastics and similar materials. Therefore, the best we could see in the 2021 Chevy Colorado Diesel interior are new color schemes, along with new standard features, particularly in terms of tech goodies. Still, we have to say that the current model already features a decent amount of tech features, which includes an intuitive touchscreen interface and various kinds of connectivity features, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

2021 Chevy Colorado Diesel Specs

2021 Chevy Colorado Diesel Specs

Various novelties are about to come with these updates, but base 2021 Chevy Colorado Diesel specs are about to remain pretty much the same. Count on the same good-old 2.8-liter turbodiesel, which features a max output of 181 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. With such numbers, you can’t count on spectacular speeds but on the other side, capabilities are impressive. With such an impressive amount of torque, it’s no wonder that you can count on 7.700 pounds of max towing capacity.

Max payload capacity is slightly lower compared to the V6 version and goes up to  1.513 pounds. On the other side, benefits in terms of fuel economy are obvious. With this engine, Colorado returns a pretty impressive 20 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Of course, numbers are slightly lower if you pick the AWD model.

2021 Chevy Colorado Diesel Price

2021 Chevy Colorado Diesel Models and Prices

Like the current model, the updated model won’t be available with a diesel engine in all trims either. You can’t get an oil-burner in cheapest, basic trim levels.

The first trim level that offers a diesel engine is LT. With this level of equipment, the 2021 Chevy Colorado Diesel price should go around 36.000 dollars. It is a quite well-equipped version, which comes with all kinds of tech goodies, including things like an 8-inch touchscreen, satellite radio, HD Radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, more USB ports etc.

This engine is also available in off-road versions. Of course, the first one is Z71, which comes with upgrades like heavy-duty suspension, a locking rear differential, a transfer case, recovery hooks, hill descent control etc. This model will go around 42.000 dollars.

If you need something that is even more capable, you can pick the ZR2. This model also comes standard with the V6 engine, but a diesel model is available two. Here you can count on even more off-road upgrades. The first thing that comes to mind is driver-selectable full-locking front and rear differential. Still, there is also heavy-duty underbody protection, as well as a full load of new styling details. There are also some pretty nice interior features like sporty leather seats, as well as quite useful trailering assist guidelines, and an integrated trailer brake controller. This 2021 Chevy Colorado Diesel will feature a starting price of around 47.500 dollars.

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