The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado will be a midsize truck for customers who shun larger trucks, although the Detroit automaker plans to pack it with the power and payload that Chevy truck owners still covet.
The Colorado will have a 2.5-liter I-4 as standard and a 3.6-liter V-6 as an optional upgrade. Direct injection and variable valve timing will make the vehicle leaner. The Colorado will be available in the segment’s only diesel engine in its second year, a Duramax 2.8-liter I-4 turbo diesel available in global markets.
The 2.5-liter engine is estimated at 193 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque (253 Nm), with approximately 90 percent of the peak torque available from 2,000 rpm to 6,200 rpm.
The 3.6-liter engine is estimated at 302 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque (366 Nm). SAE certification of power ratings is pending.
Chevrolet is positioning the Colorado for the North American truck buyer with a familiar design, comfort and digital connectivity. New technology included for the first time in the truck will be forward collision alert and lane departure warning.
The 2015 Colorado has a 6-foot bed, a crew cab with a 5-foot bed and a crew cab with a 6-foot bed. With the tailgate down, the 6-foot bed allows hauling of 8-foot-long items.
WT, LT and Z71 trims are available, all in 2WD or 4WD. The off-road-inspired Z71 has a gunmetal grille surround – a change from the chrome standard on the other models – with projector headlamps and 17-inch aluminum wheels.
An eight-inch diagonal color touch screen in LT and Z71 with multiple USB drives, a 3.4-inch diagonal driver information screen in the instrument cluster and optional OnStar and MyLink enhancements and natural language voice recognition round out the options.
The 2015 Colorado will be on sale beginning fall 2014.
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