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2023 Colorado and Canyon Mules Spied

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— JAN 16, 2022

Starting as far back as May 2021, GM Authority has brought you spy shots galore of the next-generation 2023 Chevy Colorado and 2023 GMC Canyon, both of which have been captured in prototype form while testing. Now, we’re back, this time with a video that shows both next-gen pickups rolling in a convoy around metro Detroit.

The convoy includes seven different prototypes of the 2023 GM midsize pickup trucks, all draped in heavy camouflage. A range of trim levels can be seen, and one of the prototypes is towing a trailer.

We’ve already reported that the 2023 Chevy Colorado and 2023 GMC Canyon will be powered exclusively by the turbocharged 2.7L L3B gasoline engine, and the intake spool of the engine is clearly audible in this video.

In fact, the sound produced by these pickups is very similar to the sound made by full-size Chevy Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 full-size pickups equipped with the same engine, where it is rated at 310 horsepower and 348 pound-feet of torque. However, the 2022 model year refresh of both full-size trucks will see that torque figure jump 20 percent to 420 pound-feet thanks to a few key upgrades. The power output will stay the same at 310 horses. In fact, that torque rating could even reach 430 pound-feet, although this has yet to be confirmed officially.

Additionally, the sound made by these prototype 2023 Chevy Colorado and 2023 GMC Canyon trucks is also similar to the sound of the L3B in the Cadillac CT4-V, where it makes 325 horses and 380 pound-feet of torque. Our video above shows a very similar intake / turbo spool sound.

2023 Chevy Colorado ZR2 prototype undergoing testing in November 2021

It’s currently unclear what the exact output of the L3B will be in the 2023 Chevy Colorado and 2023 GMC Canyon, but we do know that the L3B will mate to GM’s 10-speed automatic transmission in the new trucks.

Meanwhile, the atmospheric 2.5L I4 LCV gasoline engine, the atmospheric 3.6L V6 LGZ gasoline engine, and the 2.8L I4 LWN turbodiesel Duramax will not return for the 2023 model year.

2023 Chevy Colorado ZR2 prototype

The next-gen Colorado and Canyon will continue riding on the same GMT 31XX platform used by the current models, while introducing an all-new exterior design, an all-new interior, and an all-new powertrain – as we mentioned earlier.

The new trucks will also adopt GM’s Global B electrical vehicle architecture. Also known as Vehicle Intelligence Platform (VIP), the architecture will enable over-the-air software updates, the integration of various active safety features, and various other future-facing connectivity functions.

2023 Chevy Colorado ZR2 prototype

As GM Authority covered previously, both model lines will offer a broad range of trim levels, from work truck to off-road variants in the form of the Colorado ZR2 and the first-ever Canyon AT4X.

2023 GMC Canyon AT4X prototype testing in November 2021


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