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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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The ID.4 will ramp up production as the U.S. says goodbye to the Passat.

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The Volkswagen Passat will end its run in 2023 at VW's U.S. manufacturing base in Chattanooga, Tennessee. But don't worry, Volkswagen has plans for what is next. In fact, they've already announced the products; they're just now getting around to specifying a timeline.

Currently, the Volkswagen Chattanooga Assembly Plant is producing the Passat alongside the Volkswagen Atlas and Atlas Sport. earlier this year, the plant celebrated the 1 millionth vehicle to roll off its assembly line - Aurora Red Metallic 2020 Volkswagen Passat R-Line.

Before the Chattanooga plant opened, Volkswagen hadn't made a vehicle in the U.S. in 22 years following the closing of the Westmoreland facility in Pennsylvania.

1977 Volkswagen Dasher and 2020 Volkswagen Passat The Dasher was the predecessor to the modern Passat. Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

The Passat got its start as a vehicle designed specifically for the North American market. Ground was broken on the Tennessee plant in 2009 and in 2011 it began producing the cars. It currently employees approximately 3,800 people. In the last nine years, the plant has produced more than 700,000 Passats and 100,000 Atlas SUVs. The new 2020 Atlas Cross Sport and the refreshed 2021 Atlas recently began production.

Volkswagen has announced that the plant will be the company's North American base for manufacturing electric vehicles including the ID.4, representing an approximately $800 million investment, starting in 2022. The expansion to enable U.S. production of long-range EVs began in November 2019.

The expansion includes a new Engineering and Planning Center (EPC) at the plant that will feature a unique, state-of-the-art high-voltage laboratory that is designed to develop and test electric vehicle cells and battery packs. These cells and packs are slated to be assembled in the U.S. before being inserted into vehicles.

Production of the ID.4 will ramp up starting 2022. It will reach full capacity by 2023, then the Passat will be shown the door. Before the U.S. production begins, Volkswagen will exclusively produce the ID.4 at its Zwickau plant in Germany.

2022 Volkswagen ID.4 The Volkswagen ID.4 will be made in the U.S. starting in 2022.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

Though the Passat is leaving the U.S. market, it will continue as a vehicle for international sale. Development of the ninth-generation version of the model is currently underway.

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The EPA-certified range of the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E has met Ford's expectations.

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Ford has announced the certification of its all-electric range numbers for its 2021 Mustang Mach-E variants by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The good news for Ford is that the numbers meet their publicly shared expectations.

The EPA-estimated ranges for each of the four models tested:

  • 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Standard-Range RWD - 230 miles
  • 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Extended-Range RWD - 300 miles
  • 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Standard-Range eAWD - 211 miles
  • 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Extended-Range eAWD - 270 miles

"This validation by the EPA comes at a perfect time as the Mustang Mach-E is gearing up to take on the open road," said Darren Palmer, global director, Battery Electric Vehicles, Ford Motor Company.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E The Mustang Mach-E features a plusher interior than what you'll find in the Tesla Model Y. Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

There is one remaining model that is being tested. The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E California Route 1 is anticipated to be rated at 300 miles of range by the EPA once officials complete their tests.

There are numerous factors that go into determining the range a vehicle gets in real world driving scenarios. Actual range of the vehicle varies with conditions such as external elements, climate control operations, presence of all-wheel drive, the weight of passengers and cargo, driving behaviors, vehicle maintenance, lithium ion battery age, and the battery's state of health.

The top 300 miles of range is considerably better than most of the electric vehicles on the market today. The 2021 Audi E-Tronhas 222 mile of EPA-estimated range while the 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV (259 miles) and 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric (258 miles) have significantly more range. The 2021 Polestar 2 falls between those with 233 miles of range. The 2021 Tesla Model Y gets more - 326 miles - while the 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge gets far less - 208 miles. The 2022 Volkswagen ID.4 has been certified to get 250 miles of rage.

The forthcoming Nissan Ariya's range has yet to be announced but is expected to rival the Mustang Mach-E.

Customer deliveries for the Mustang Mach-E will start in December in the United States.

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