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2021 Chevrolet Colorado gets new face, no mechanical changes, price increase

Chevrolet will offer the Colorado in an LT trim level with a body-colored grille midsection..

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The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado will sport a few look when it arrives on dealership lots later this year. In October, Chevrolet shared the first photos of the model and now a new set has been released.

New fascia options for the Colorado make the model blend in more with the current generation Silverado and Silverado HD, which have undergone significant generation redesigns in the last few years. There are a few new designs, depending on trim level.

2021 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 The front of this version of the truck has a chrome grille and Z71 badging.Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

A new, bold grille features a Chrome midsection that expands on neither side to appear to hold the truck's headlights in place. The traditional Chevy bowtie sits front and center. This grille has larger vents than in the previous iteration. Chevrolet's design team has also tweaked the air dam. Badging on this model denotes it as a truck with Z71 package engineering.

A second version of that grille shows it with a. body-colored midsection.

The there's the third take, a version we've already seen. The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2's grille is completely different than the first two and sports a raised midsection that features the word "Chevrolet" across the front instead of the traditional bowtie. This design is most similar to the Silverado HD's front end.

2021 Chevrolet Colorado LT The rear of the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado LT is similar to its predecessor.Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

Chevy is also changing up the packaging of the Colorado ZR2. The ZR2 will be the first Colorado model to sport the company's flow-through "Chevrolet" front fascia, and it gets unique standard red tow hooks. It will continue to be equipped with Multimatic DSSV position-sensitive dampers, standard front and rear electronic locking differentials, a two-inch suspension lift, a 3.5-inch wider track, off-road rocker protection, cast iron control arms, Autotrac transfer case, and multiple skid plates.

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

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In May, reports surfaced that GM was shuffling the Colorado's trim level lineup for 2021. Chevrolet will sell the model in WT, LT, Z71, and ZR2 trim levels. The Redline Special Edition, Z71 Midnight Edition, Z71 Midnight Edition, ZR2 Dusk Special Edition, and ZR2 Midnight Special Edition packages are set to return.

Chevrolet will not be changing the truck's powertrains options for the 2021 model year.

The base price of the Colorado has risen significantly because Chevy has discontinued the traditional Colorado base model. The new starter in their midsize truck lineup is trimmed out more like a mid-grade edition. The new Colorado WT starts at $26,395 - an increase of just $500 over the price of a similarly equipped 2020 Colorado. The truck tops out with the 2021 Colorado ZR2 having a $42,995 sticker price - an increase of $200.

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The Torsus Terrastorm will provide off-roadinng capability in a short bus format.

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Torsus made headlines earlier this year when it unveiled the world's first heavy-duty 4x4 bus. The Praetorian is a modern engineering marvel - made to go pretty much anywhere and take a group of people with it. Now, the company is expanding their roster with a new model.

The Torsus Terrastorm is a heavy-duty off-road capable 4x4 short bus.

2021 Torsus Terrastorm The Terrastorm takes the notion of a traditional short bus up a notch.Photo courtesy of Torsus

"At Torsus, we are breaking new ground by designing, developing and manufacturing the world's toughest off-road buses," said Vakhtang Dzhukashvili, founder and CEO of Torsus. "In the all-new Terrastorm we signal our ambition to set new standards in the heavy-duty 4x4 minibus market across some of the toughest industries known to man. We built Torsus to be a trailblazer and redefine the way people think about commercial vehicles, and the Torsus Terrastorm is the next step on our journey to make this reality."

It's built on a Volkswagen Crafter 4Motion chassis that has been upgraded to feature a more robust suspension.

Torsus says that new EURO VI (diesel) engines replace the van's traditional 2.0-liter TDI engine. Torsus has shoed the van with BF Goodrich tires. It also has a ladder and spare tire out back, and a brush guard up front.

The Crafter chassis is capable of supporting a three- to five-ton van. This makes it a model able to be used for conversion to an ambulance or off-road rescue vehicle, or, perhaps, an adventure-ready tour bus.

2021 Torsus Terrastorm The model rides on BF Goodrich tires.Photo courtesy of Torsus

Torsus will offer the model in a variety of configurations.

More information about the Torsus Terrastorm will be revealed later this month. Sales will start in Q3.

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The Subaru Crosstrek has been refreshed for the 2021 model year.

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Long beloved for its zippy drivability and spacious cargo area, the Subaru Crosstrek is also just underpowered enough for some drivers to make it a non-starter. The automaker is now offering a 2.5-liter four-cylinder option for the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek.

Buyers can choose the standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 152 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque or the 2.5-liter that is shared with the Forester and gets 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek The car is mostly unchanged at the rear compared to the 2020 model and still just as capable. Photo courtesy of Subaru of America, Inc.

Both engines are paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) in most trim levels. The standard six-speed manual transmission in the Base and Premium grades is paired with the smaller engine. Models equipped with the CVT get Intelligent and Sport drive modes.

The larger engine gets 27 mpg in the city, 34 mpg on the highway, and 29 mpg combined. The smaller engine, mated with the CVT, achieves 28 mpg in the city, 33 mpg on the highway, and 30 mpg combined. With the manual, the Crosstrek gets just 22/29/25 mpg city/highway/combined.

All models will continue to be sold with standard all-wheel drive with active torque vectoring technology. Base models get a Low Shift Mode for descending hills.

Models with the CVT come standard with a suite of Subaru EyeSight Driver Assist Technology. That suite now includes adaptive cruise control with lane centering (debuted on the 2020 Outback) in addition to automatic pre-collision braking, pre-collision throttle management, lane departure prevention, lead vehicle start alert, automatic start-stop, rear seat reminder, and SI-Drive.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek The Crosstrek Sport features blacked out interior and exterior elements. The Crosstrek Limited is the most refined model. Photo courtesy of Subaru of America, Inc.

The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek will start at $22,245, just a $100 increase over the price of the 2020 model.

Subaru is adding a Sport grade ($26,495) to the Crosstrek lineup for 2021. It, along with the Limited trim level ($27,995), comes standard with the larger engine. The Crosstrek Sport gets dual-function X-Mode, which also debuted on the Outback, and includes hill descent control with snow/dirt and deep snow/mud selectable settings.

The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek will make its way to a dealership near you this summer.

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