Positioned as an affordable, versatile, midsize pickup, the 2022 Chevy Colorado is designed to appeal to those who want a great entry-level truck with scalability. The 2022 Colorado has received some appealing new features for the model year, including an all new package designed to entice off-road enthusiasts. This new package becomes one of the biggest selling points for the Z71 trim.
The 2022 Chevy Colorado is available in four different trims, including the Work Truck (WT), the LT, Z71, and the ZR2. The Trail Boss package has been made available for the 2022 model year for the LT and Z71 models. The package introduces a 1-inch lift kit for the suspension, along with skid plates and dual front-end red tow hooks. The package is decked out with black, 17-inch ZR2 wheels, giving the Colorado the full rugged look and making it perfectly accessorized for off-road adventures. Everything about this year's upcoming models is exciting, and we can't wait to share all of the cool features with you.
The 2022 Chevy Colorado is all about choice. How you drive it, where you drive, and what gives the vehicle the power to go where you need to get to. This concept is fundamentally outlined by the Colorado's three powertrain options, which help diversify the midsize truck's capabilities based on the needs of the driver. Whether you need something simple and economic or something with enough gusto to get over the most challenging of obstacles, this truck has you covered.
The base powertrain for the 2022 Colorado is a 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder that delivers 200 horsepower and up to 191 pound-feet of torque. The 4-cylinder comes with a dual overhead camshaft for improved powertrain efficiency thanks to the continuously variable valve timing. This is what helps the Colorado maintain great fuel economy for the 4-cylinder in both two and four-wheel drive configurations. In fact, the setup is so well designed that there is virtually no difference between the two-wheel and four-wheel drive fuel economy within the city for the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder.
Moving up the powertrain offerings is the 3.6-liver V6 with direct injection and continuously variable valve timing. The V6 produces 308 horsepower and up to 275 pound-feet of torque. The 3.6-liter V6 provides additional power and torque for improved towing and trailering, as well as on-road and off-road performance. The 3.6-liter V6 is also paired exclusively with the Hydra-Matic 8-speed automatic transmission for the most efficient use of the engine's power and managing quick acceleration and top-end speeds. For those who wanted a powerful, capable, and fuel-conscious powertrain for the Colorado, the 3.6-liter is an excellent way to go.
Finally, there is the 2.8-liter Duramax turbo-diesel. Duramax has established a reputation over the years as being a maker of some of the very best diesel engines around, known not only for their reliable performance but also for being extremely durable. The 2.8-liter Duramax delivers 181 horsepower and up to 369 pound-feet of torque through a common rail fuel delivery system and a 6-speed automatic transmission. The Duramax provides the best fuel economy rating out of all of the powertrain options.
The 2022 Colorado has also been fine-tuned for payload capacity and trailering. The 3.6-liter V6 in a two-wheel drive format can carry up to 1,550 pounds in the rear bed with the LT trim. The Duramax provides the best trailering capabilities, with the 2.8-liter configured as a four-wheel drive across all three trims being capable of maxing out at 7,700 pounds. So whether you wanted to pack up luggage for a weekend vacation or trailer a small boat to the lake for a quick getaway, the 2022 Colorado is more than capable of accommodating most basic payload and trailering tasks.
The 2022 Chevy Colorado has been specifically tuned to take full advantage of many off-road excursions and adventurous outdoor possibilities. This is made doable thanks to the Z71 and ZR2 trims, which are outfitted with tailor-made alterations to the Colorado. If you wanted to take advantage of the departure angles and finely-tuned suspension, the Z71 and ZR2 are perfectly capable of providing you the kind of pickup that's ready-made for such experiences.
All versions of the Colorado also come standard with StabiliTrak for electronic stability and traction control. So you never have to worry about losing control on specific surfaces, as the system will electronically gauge and help drivers adjust the brakes and steering to avoid slippage, hydro-planing, and spin-outs.
The Z71 is a great entry-level off-road option for the Colorado, featuring the 3.6-liter V6, a 3.42:1 rear axle ratio, and an automatic locking rear differential from Eaton; it's perfect for gaining traction on loose or slippery surfaces. The Z71 also features black recovery hooks and the standard inclusion of the Off-Road Suspension Package, which comes equipped with hill descent control and an underbody transfer case shield to protect the undercarriage from debris. The Z71 is available both in two-wheel and four-wheel drive and can also be equipped with a performance grade air intake, along with performance front and mid-body skid plates.
The Z71 is topped off with a unique front fascia that features a black bowtie Chevrolet badge and an available Z71 Trail Boss Package for those who really want to spruce up the Colorado's offerings. The package is feature-rich. It comes with a 1-inch suspension leveling adjustment, 17-inch black-painted wheels, red tow hooks, and no front air dam. Perfect for those who want their 2022 Colorado to look both menacing and cool.
For the ultimate in off-road dominance, the ZR2 trim features many of the basics from the Z71, including the option of pairing it with the 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter Duramax turbo-diesel. The ZR2 also comes equipped with many standard high-end features, such as the tow/haul mode, as well as the transfer case shield, and the Trailering Package. For those who planned on using their Colorado for towing purposes, the Trailering package comes equipped with a 2-inch receiver hitch. You also have access to a 4-way sealed connector and a 7-wire electrical harness with a 7-pin sealed connector.
Off-road enthusiasts will also appreciate that the ZR2 comes standard with the ZR2 Off-Road Package, featuring overhauled DSSV multimatic suspension dampers, a 2-inch lifted suspension, 3.5-inch wider track, a special Chevrolet grille, and off-road front and rear fascia with fender flares. This is in addition to skid plates, available off-road lights, and a sports bar. If that wasn't enough, three special editions for the ZR2 are also available in the form of the Bison Edition, Dusk Edition, and Midnight Edition, each featuring signature content to help separate it from the rest of the midsize trucks on the market.
If traveling off-road was never a big interest for you in a midsize pickup, the 2022 Colorado has plenty of other features to satisfy a truck shopper's needs when it comes to basic functionality, safety, and technology. This all starts with standard safety features, from multiple airbags to electronic traction control to an HD rear vision camera. All of the basic safety accouterments you could want are included, even a Teen Driver mode, complete with report cards and driver statistics, perfect for parents with a teen that's of driving age.
On the infotainment front, an 8-inch diagonal touchscreen comes standard on the LT, Z71, and ZR2 trims. As is the standard practice with all new Chevrolet vehicles, the Colorado comes equipped with the Chevrolet Infotainment System. This system includes built-in Wi-Fi hotspot support, Bluetooth wireless integration, and of course, the highly popular Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity for easy access to media streaming and in-vehicle content curation. Like many newer vehicles on the market, the Colorado also supports cloud-stored driver personalization settings, in-vehicle apps, and hands-free voice recognition.
Additional technologies such as the driver information display center help keep drivers alert and informed about the Colorado's health without having to take your eyes far from the road. The entertainment system within the cabin can also be evolved with a Bose premium speaker setup for those who desire it. Amazon Alexa and easy-navigation are also available for those who want the extra tech features to round out the Colorado's offerings.
On the comfort side of the equation, power driver and power-passenger seats come standard on select trims, along with cruise control, heated steering, and heated seats for both the driver and front passenger. For extra comfort, optional leather-appointed seating is available, along with a power package to increase the performance of the Colorado. With trim-standard wireless charging, remote start, and keyless entry, the 2022 Chevy Colorado is designed to appeal to truck shoppers looking for something affordable, convenient, and performance-heavy for the technologically savvy.