Scheduled to go on sale in fall 2014 as a 2015 model, the Colorado will be offered with a standard 193hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and an optional 302hp 3.6-liter V6 unit, both mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
The base engine produces 184 lb-ft of torque (253 Nm), with approximately 90 percent of the peak torque available from 2,000 rpm to 6,200 rpm, while the V6 delivers 270 lb-ft of torque (366 Nm).
Starting from 2015, Chevrolet will introduce a diesel engine on the Colorado as well – the Duramax 2.8-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel that is already offered in global markets.
The 2015 Colorado is available in three configurations: an extended cab model with a 6-foot (1.82m) bed, a crew cab with a 5-foot (1.22m) bed and a crew cab with a 6-foot (1.82m) bed. With the tailgate down, the 6-foot bed allows hauling of 8-foot-long (2.43m) items. Chevrolet also says the Colorado offers a trailering capacity of more than 6,700 pounds (3,039 kg).
The midsize pickup truck is available either with 2WD or 4WD, in three trims: WT, LT and Z71. The latter is an “off-road-inspired” model featuring a gunmetal grille surround, projector headlamps and unique 17-inch aluminum wheels.
By Dan Mihalascu