The 2022 Chevy Colorado Trail Boss Is Disappointingly Mild

It’s getting a little hot in here as Chevrolet turns up to heat! The 2022 Chevy Colorado Trail Boss is returning with significant off-roading upgrades. Rivals such as the Ford Ranger Tremor and Toyota Tacoma Tail Edition might be sweating. But the enhancements may be a little mild too. 

What’s new with the 2022 Chevy Colorado Trail Boss? 

A blue 2022 Chevy Colorado Trail Boss parked on a hill
2022 Chevy Colorado Trail Boss | Chevrolet

It doesn’t feel like the Chevy Colorado has been out that long, but the second generation emerged in 2015. Then the Z71 Trail Boss Special Edition had a brief lifespan in 2016 before the high-preference ZR2 model took to the streets in 2017. 

Now the 2022 Chevy Colorado Trail Boss is returning in a major way. The new Trail Boss package can be added to the LT and Z71 trims with four-wheel drive. If you opt for this package, then it will be installed by the dealership. 

The package costs about $2,995 to add on LT models and about $2,895. Pricing for the 2022 Colorado hasn’t been revealed, but it’s expected to begin at around $26,000. The 2021 Colorado has an MSRP of $25,200. 

What comes with the Trail Boss package? 

The 2022 Chevy Colorado Trail Boss package features a 1-inch front leveling kit, 17-inch aluminum wheels from the ZR2 accessory catalog, front and mid-vehicle skid plates, and red tow hooks. However, you lose the front air dam. 

Removing the front air dam helps improve off-road clearance. Edmunds actually recommends removing the air dam on the 2021 Z71 model. It can be removed in about 30 minutes, but you don’t have to worry about it with the 2022 model. 

More off-roading goodies include Goodyear Duratrac tires and an automatic locking (G80) rear differential. To look the part, the Chevrolet Trail Boss provides black Bow Tie and Colorado badging. 

The Trail Boss Package can’t be combined with the Chrome Appearance Package, Midnight Edition, or Redline Special Edition. It can be added to any cab and bed configuration with any of its three engine options. 

Will the 2022 Colorado have more power? 

A red 2022 Chevy Colorado Trail Boss driving down the road
2022 Chevy Colorado Trail Boss | Chevrolet

The 2022 Chevy Colorado Trail Boss isn’t expected to gain any muscle. Instead, it will carry over its three engine options. With the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, you get 200 hp and 191 lb-ft of torque. Upgrading to the 3.6-liter V6 engine provides 308 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. You can opt for the 2.4-liter four-cylinder diesel engine for 181 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. 

Despite its age, the Chevrolet Colorado isn’t expected to change until 2023. But rumors suggest that the 2023 model will gain the 2.7-liter inline-four engine that’s currently found in the Silverado. It delivers 310 hp and 348 lb-ft of torque. 

The Trail Boss package will not enhance the interior. The backseat will continue to be a little tight compared to rivals, but the compartment under the rear seat features tons of storage. Plus, Colorado has the largest long-bed. With the base model, you get a 7.0-inch touchscreen, but you can upgrade to the 8.0-inch display. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard, and you can opt for a Wi-Fi hotspot. 

While the Trail Boss package isn’t revolutionary, it adds enhanced off-roading capabilities at an affordable price. It won’t go as far as the Jeep Gladiator Rubicon, but it will get work done. It’s the perfect daily driver and an efficient work truck.

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