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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 Z71The 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 LTThe 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

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 Denali Ultimate trim is new for 2023.

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The GMC Yukon has always been a luxurious family hauler with beefy capability, but it moved even more upmarket in recent years with added tech and upscale interior materials. GMC just announced an even cushier version of the SUV for the 2023 model year. The Yukon Ultimate Denali gets unique styling touches and upgrades that take the already plush SUV to another level.

2023 GMC Yukon Denali Ultimate22-inch wheels are standard GMC

The Denali Ultimate gets exclusive upgrades over other trims that include 22-inch wheels and chrome accents outside. The full-size SUV just got a complete redesign for 2021, which brought updated boxy styling, and a sleek look, so there are no additional exterior changes for 2023.

GMC offers three engines in the standard Yukon, but only two make it into the Ultimate. The standard powertrain includes a 6.2-liter V8 that produces 420 horsepower. A 3.0-liter turbodiesel is also available that makes 277 horsepower and a whopping 460 pound-feet of torque. A ten-speed automatic transmission is standard for all engines, and four-wheel drive is available.

Inside, the Ultimate comes with Alpine Umber full-grain leather upholstery with 16-way power front seats and massaging. Trim-exclusive contrast stitching and aluminum trim accent the space, and the top model gets an 18-speaker Bose audio system with stainless steel speaker grilles.

2023 GMC Yukon Denali UltimateGrained leather upholstery and upscale interior finishes are standard. GMC

A 10.2-inch infotainment touchscreen comes standard, and offers Google services built in. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also standard, along with wireless phone charging. A Wi-Fi hotspot and Amazon Alexa functionality are available. GMC also offers Super Cruise hands-free driving system in the Denali Ultimate.

GMC hasn’t detailed pricing for the new SUV yet, but we expect it to start at a premium over the standard Denali, which starts at just over $70,000.

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The Z06 isn't on sale yet, but it's already raising money for charities.

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Just a couple years ago, the Chevrolet Corvette got a major overhaul that completely changed its design, personality, and performance. The car moved to a mid-engine layout for the first time, and its V8 produces thundering performance at a reasonable price. As it has always done with the Corvette, Chevy's laying out special editions for the car, and one of the first in the new generation will be the 2023 Corvette Z06. An early Z06 sold at a Barrett-Jackson auction this weekend to raise money for charity, and the final dollar amount crested the $1 million mark.

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06The car raised $1 million at the Palm Beach Auction. Chevrolet

The car crossed the block at the Palm Beach Auction, which took place on April 9. It's the first production model of the car, which builds on the mid-engine eighth-generation Corvette. It's powered by a 670-horsepower 5.5-liter flat plane-crank V8, which sends its power to the rear wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The engine revs much higher than a standard V8 and features a distinct sound. Chevy says the Z06's engine offers the most horsepower of any naturally aspirated V8 on sale.

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06Rick Hendrick was the winning bidder for the car. 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

The car's $1 million price tag raised money for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. The organization supports training of educators at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBI). This auction, together with the first retail version of the car auctioned earlier this year, brings the Corvette's total charity haul to $4.6 million in 2022.

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