For the first time in a long time, we are very excited to get behind the wheel of the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado. The truck has been redesigned from the ground up and it shows. Long gone is the resemblance of the S-10 (as some call it The Dime). The new Colorado firmly stands as the baby brother to the Silverado sharing numerous characteristics and features. In fact, the new Colorado was designed and engineered to the same standards as all GM full-size trucks.
The new truck will come in Extended Cab and Crew Cab body styles using six-foot and five-foot bed boxes. Trims include Work Truck (WT), LT and Z71. The WT model will come with a rear-seat delete option allowing owners to achieve maximum space efficiency in the cabin. The hot ticket model Z71 will come with 17-inch allow wheels and all models get standard corner steps, a two-tier loading system, 13 tie-down points and optional spray-in berliners and Chevy’s EZ lift-lower tailgate system. Each Colorado model will offer the StabiliTrak® Electronic Stability Control System with rollover mitigation standard, along with 4-wheel Duralife™ ABS brakes. Four-wheel drive will also be available.
The 2016 Colorado will come with the a new 2.8-liter Duramax four-cylinder diesel engine!
You read that right, a diesel is finally coming to the mid-size pickup segment but not until 2016. This year, the Colorado will launch with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder and 3.6-liter V6, both mated to a six-speed auto transmission. Early numbers tell us the 2.5-liter will put out 193HP and 184 lbft torque. The 3.6-liter offers 302HP and 270 lbft torque. Coming in 2016, Chevy will offer a 2.8-liter four-cylinder Duramax diesel engine, similar to the one already being used in its global version Colorado. Looking to take a class-leading jump into the most fuel efficient truck on the market should be no problem for Chevy beating the likes of Toyota and Nissan to market with a diesel mid-size.
We’ve always loved the comfort inside Chevy trucks but in the past their amenities were somewhat lacking. Chevy has spent a considerable amount of time putting a brand new infotainment system into the new Colorado. LT and Z71 models will get the new 8-inch color touchscreen system as well as a 3.4-inch driver information screen within the instrument cluster. The next-generation Chevrolet MyLink on the 2015 Colorado connects to your smartphone through Bluetooth® or USB to let you hear incoming text messages and send preset texts, place calls and more. With Chevrolet MyLink, you’ll also have access to your favorite Pandora® Internet Radio stations and other media via touch or voice command. Through available Siri Eyes Free, you’ll also be able to control your compatible iPhone® with less distraction.
The Colorado will also be the first mid-size truck to offer built-in 4G LTE connection. Through OnStar, you can create your very own personal WI-FI hotspot. This will come in handy for passengers on road trips, mapping or keeping the kids in the backseat happy with games.
We really hope the new Rainforest Green color comes with a dark interior choice and not the typical tan. That will be one sexy combo!
The 6,700lb towing ability of the 3.6-liter and the Cargo Management System make this a great adventure truck. The standard two-tier box system provides upper and lower storage areas. Load up your mountain bikes or kayaks while leaving plenty of room for your gear below. Pricing is not yet available but we hope to see the truck land around the $20,000 mark depending on options. We look forward to getting some time behind the wheel and will report back with a full review! Learn more about the new Colorado right here.
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