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Report: 2021 Chevrolet Colorado will be offered with three new packages

The Chevrolet Colorado will receive upgrades for the 2021 model year.

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According to reporting by GM Authority, the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado will be available with three new packages, the WT Appearance Package, Custom Special Edition, and Chrome Appearance Package. Chevrolet considers the availability of numerous trim levels and appearance packages to be one of its keys to success with the Silverado and Colorado.

These packages are in addition to fresh looks and equipment that the model is getting as part of a refresh for the 2021 model year. Chevrolet will sell the model in WT, LT, Z71, and ZR2 trim levels.

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Chevrolet has only showed off the Colorado ZR2 model so far. Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

GM Authority's reporting also indicates that the Redline Special Edition, Z71 Midnight Edition, Z71 Midnight Edition, ZR2 Dusk Special Edition, and ZR2 Midnight Special Edition packages are set to return.

No pictures are currently available of any of the new packages, but the fresh reporting does give an idea of what to expect.

2021 Chevrolet Colorado WT Appearance Package

The package will be available on two- and four-wheel drive versions of the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado WT trim. It includes body-color door handles and body-color mirrors.

2021 Chevrolet Colorado WT Custom Special Edition

The Custom Special Edition builds on 2021 Chevrolet Colorado two- and four-wheel drive models. It includes a body-color grille, 18-inch Dark Argent Metallic cast aluminum wheels, 265/60R18 all-season tires, body-color rear bumper, body-color door handles, and body-color mirrors with drivers spotter mirror.

2021 Chevrolet Colorado LT Chrome Appearance Package

Of the three new packages, this one is the only one that is not available on the WT trim level. The package is available only on two- and four-wheel drive LT trim trucks. The package includes a chrome grille; outside heated, power-adjustable manual folding mirrors with chrome mirror caps; chrome door handles; chrome rear bumper; ad chrome belt line molding.

No pricing is yet available for the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado or the new packages. The 2020 model starts at $22,395. The 2021 will likely start around the same price.

The Colorado is expected to be fully redesigned for the 2023 model year, the same year that the Toyota Tacoma, the best-seller in the segment, is slated to be new/

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Electric vehicle production

GM outlines huge investment in new EV production

The $7 billion number is GM's largest single investment to date.

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Automakers are not shy about their plans to electrify their vehicle lineups. In fact, it's just the opposite, as most can't wait to release a media kit that sings the virtues of moving toward electrification and outlines their commitments to investing billions to make the move a reality. General Motors has been more active than most, building new facilities and revamping existing factories to handle new-age EV manufacturing. Today, the auto giant announced a further investment to build a new plant and overhaul the Orion Township facility in Michigan. The move creates thousands of jobs and positions GM as an early powerhouse in the EV race.

GM EV investment. GM says its new and existing facilities will create and retain thousands of jobs.General Motors

The $7 billion investment is slated for four Michigan manufacturing facilities. GM says the move will create 4,000 new jobs and retain 1,000 existing positions, and notes that the amount represents the single largest investment in company history. A new Ultium Cells battery plant in Lansing is part of the deal, along with the conversion of the GM assembly planting Orion Township. Orion will eventually house production of the upcoming Chevrolet Silverado EV and the electric GMC Sierra, making it the second of GM's facilities dedicated to building electric pickup trucks.

The Orion and Ultium Cells Lansing facilities will help GM boost its total full-size electric truck production to 600,000 units per year when both Factory Zero and Orion are in full swing. Though Ford sells more full-size trucks than Chevy or GMC individually, GM notes that the two combined move more trucks per year than The Blue Oval. The two plants join General Motors' existing EV-ready facilities that include Factory Zero in Detroit-Hamtramck, Spring Hill Assemble in Tennessee, CAMI in Ontario, and the Ramos Arizpe Assembly facility in Mexico.

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Limited-edition pickup truck

Ford offering limited edition colors for 2022 Ranger Splash

The Ranger Splash will be offered in three limited-run colors.

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During its time off the market in the United States, the Ford Ranger remained a popular utility vehicle in global markets. In other markets, the truck is offered in unique special editions, such as the Ranger Raptor and Ranger Storm, but the options in the U.S. are limited. Last year, Ford announced the return of the Ranger Splash, a funky version of the truck that roamed the streets in the 1990s. Today, the automaker outlined another Splash edition, this time to be produced in limited quantities with special color options.

Ford will offer three colors for the new Ranger Splash Limited Edition: Snow Edition, Forest Edition, and Sand Edition. The colors will roll out one at a time "every few months," according to Ford, and the package will add $1,495 to the Ranger's price tag.

Ranger Splash Limited Edition The Snow Edition is based on the Lariat trim, but the other two are based on the lower XLT model.Ford

The Lariat Ranger Splash Snow Edition features a gray paint color with black exterior trim and a unique grille design. Inside, the truck carries ebony leather upholstery with ash gray accent stitching and carbon touches. Ford says it will produces just 750 Splash Snow Edition trucks, with availability starting in spring.

The XLT Ranger Splash Forest Edition (pictured above) comes with Forged Green exterior paint and red grille accents. The interior offers black cloth upholstery with ash gray accent stitching and carbon accents. Just 500 Forest Edition vehicles will be produced, with availability starting in summer.

Ranger Splash Limited Edition The colors will roll out every few months in 2022. Ford

The third and final truck in the series is the XLT Ranger Splash Sand Edition. It gets Desert Sand exterior paint, dark exterior accents and red grill "nostrils." It also gets black cloth upholstery with ash gray stitching and carbon accents. The Sand Edition will debut in fall with a run of only 500 trucks.

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