In the coming months we plan to get behind the wheel of arguably Chevrolet’s most ambitious mid-size truck offering to date, the 2016 Colorado powered by a 2.8-liter turbo-diesel Duramax engine. Even with that new and exciting engine option looming on the horizon, Chevrolet has announced two special edition Colorados that will be offered in the 2016 lineup as well.

Off-roaders will be pleased to hear of another Z71 Trail Boss for 2016, which will feature a few updates compared to the 2015 model we tested recently. At its heart, the Trail Boss is built to enhance the off-road focus of the Z71 package with more aggressive tire and what Chevy calls “off-road-inspired appearance enhancements.”

The newest update to the 2016 Colorado Z71 Trail Boss is the all-new sport bar with LED trail lighting, which not only aids in improved low-light visibility but also gives the truck a unique look. The Trail Boss also receives black-finished 17-inch aluminum wheels that are fitted with Goodyear Wrangler DuraTec 265/65R17 all-terrain tires, bold fender flares and tubular assist steps. The Trail Boss will also feature a black bow tie grille emblem, spray-on bedliner out back, and a set of all-weather floor mats inside the truck to keep from getting mud or dirt on the floorboards.

The Colorado Z71 Trail Boss is available on Z71 models with the extended and crew cab bodies, in 2WD or 4WD, and it will be available with the 2.5L and 3.6L naturally aspirated engines, as well as the 2.8L Duramax turbo diesel.

Like its older brother the Silverado, the Colorado will get a Midnight Edition for the 2016 model year. Accented with a dark, black-outed design theme, this Colorado will only be offered in black, with other black-finished parts such as the grille, bow tie emblem and 18-inch aluminum wheels.

The new Colorado Midnight Edition will also feature black spray-on bedliner, folding tonneau cover, and Chevrolet logo sill plates. The Midnight Edition will be available on LT models in both extended and crew cab versions, in both 2WD or 4WD, and with the 2.5L or 3.6L engines, as well as the new 2.8L Duramax.

Chevrolet has not announced pricing on either of these packages but says it will do so at a later date. Chevrolet also noted that in its first year of sales, its new Colorado reached 41,575 in sales for the first six months of 2015, with California and Texas being the strongest states in terms of sales.

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