Why Are the 2023 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon Delayed?
It has been a rough couple of years for pickup truck production, specifically due to the semiconductor chip shortages. The 2023 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon rollout has left some folks in the dark. It appears there is a reason Chevrolet and GMC have not made it into the hands of order holders yet, and there isn’t anything to do about it.
The 2023 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon are still delayed
GM Authority posted earlier this month that the 2023 Chevrolet Colorado and 2023 GMC Canyon were delayed but should be shipping soon. One reason for the holdup is that the Environmental Protection Agency had not yet approved all fuel economy estimates. The Colorado WT and LT trims with the turbo 2.7L inline-four L2R engines are the only ones that made it to dealerships. Since the 2023 GMC Canyon doesn’t come with the L2R, no Canyons have shipped yet.
Both the Colorado and Canyon have the turbo 2.7L inline-four L3B gasoline engine standard. Chevrolet does offer the L3B engine with different tunes, like the 2.7L Turbo Plus engine that gets 310 hp and 391 lb-ft of torque. There is also a 2.7L Turbo High-Output engine with 310 hp and 430 lb-ft of torque. The Canyon gets the High-Output tune as standard.
While there are many ways to configure the trucks from the factory, the rollout and deliveries have been relatively slow. There hasn’t been much communication with shoppers, either.
Both the 2023 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon need fuel economy numbers
The delay between the start of regular production (SORP) for the Canyon and Colorado shipping is due to EPA fuel economy ratings. At the time of publication, the U.S. Department of Energy’s fueleconomy.gov only lists two truck versions.
These are the 2023 Colorado 2WD 2.7 L, four-cylinder, automatic eight-speed, turbo engine with regular gasoline that gets 20 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. The EPA also lists the four-wheel drive Colorado that gets 21 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. These likely both have the L2R engine, while the Turbo Plus L3B and 2.7L Turbo High-Output L3B are not up yet. The 2023 Canyon isn’t even showing up on the website yet.
Shoppers that ordered the Canyon and Colorado at the end of last year have been hoping for a shipping notification. Chevrolet and GMC informed buyers that the trucks would start production sometime this month, but shipping is another story.
There has been no word from GMC or Chevy
GMC and Chevrolet have not communicated with consumers about any further delays. Some have received notice that the truck was built, while some received information about a scheduled start date. Some users near GM’S Wentzville Assembly plant have spotted some 2023 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon trucks sitting in the parking lot.
The 2023 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon trucks were supposed to ship last week, but it could be any day now. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the EPA tests vehicles “through a series of driving routines, also called cycles or schedules, that specify vehicle speed for each point in time during the laboratory tests.”
The EPA’s National Vehicles and Fuel Emissions Laboratory tests cars on the dynamometer or “dyno.” This gives fuel economy information for each vehicle in the city, on the highway, and under different conditions like high speeds, with air conditioning, and in cold temperatures. Once testing is complete, the 2023 Chevrolet Colorado and 2023 GMC Canyon should be at dealerships within a week.