Despite the ever-increasing amount of trucks in the US market, the country cannot just have enough of them. GM knows this perfectly well and has a number of trucks in the market across its brands. The Chevrolet Colorado is one of GM’s popular models in the market. To make it even better, GM has revised its V-6 engine to offer more power, better fuel economy as well as an enhanced towing ability for the 2017 model year. Other aspects of the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado largely remain unchanged, which is understandable considering the current design is still fresh on the market having just been introduced for the 2015 model year. In addition to the revised V-6, the truck also gets a new 8-speed automatic transmission system. Read along to find out more:
2017 Chevrolet Colorado Exterior
The Colorado was only upgraded recently for the 2015 model year. As such the exterior is still fresh and won’t undergo any significant changes. Just like the outgoing model, the new Colorado features the similar grille with aero shutters. The grille is flanked by LED headlights and LED fog lights. The model also features an aluminum hood.
On the sides, the truck still features triple sealed doors, which in addition to improving the truck’s aerodynamics also makes the cabin much quieter. The sides also feature gripper tires.
As for the exterior color choices, the truck is available in Rainforest Green Metallic, Cyber Gray Metallic, Red Hot, Brownstone Metallic, Black, Red Hot, Summit White, Red Hot Metallic and Silver Ice Metallic.
2017 Chevrolet Colorado Interior
The interior styling of the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado is largely unchanged from the outgoing model. The model is offered in 6 trim levels similar to the 2016 model. Base models feature manual climate control while the Colorado Z71 models feature a single-zone climate control system. A 6-speaker sound system and a 4.0-inch color display are offered as standard features.
However, the LT, as well as the Z71 trims, feature the automaker’s My Link system, which comes with a radio with 8-inch touch-screen color display. It packs 2 USB charging ports, SiriusXM Satellite Radio as well as OnStar navigation. All Colorado models also feature a rear vision camera and dynamic guidelines that improve its maneuvering. As for the upholstery, base models feature quality cloth upholstery while the LT and Z71 trims feature leather upholstery.
Engine Specs and performance
Except for the V-6 mill that has been revised, the lineup of the engines remains similar to the outgoing model. The base mill is still a 2.5 L, 4-cylinder power-plant that produces 200 hp and 191 lb-ft of torque. This engine mates to a 6-speed automatic transmission or a 6-speed manual transmission. Well, for long-distance travelers or those who haul or tow large loads, the automaker still offers the Duramax mill. It is a 2.8 L, turbo diesel mill good for 181 hp and a whopping 369 lb-ft of torque. The mill returns 31 mpg on the highway when one chooses it in 2WD.
Things get better with the 3.6 L, V-6. The automaker has upgraded its variable valve timing system for its intake and exhaust sides. Its direct fuel injection system has also been upgraded. The engine also features Active Fuel Management, which is a first for the V-6 mill. This enables the mill to operate as a V-4 during low-load situations which helps enhance the truck’s fuel economy. The new upgrades add three horsepower and 6 lb-ft of torque making the engine now produce 308 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque.
The engine mates to the automaker’s Hydra-Matic 8L45, 8-speed automatic transmission system that replaces the previous 6L80, 6-speed automatic system. The new system adds two gear overdrives and it has helped designers to shorten the first gear, which makes the model faster and more equipped to handle heavy loads. However, the automaker is yet to release official details on tow ratings or payload capacity. However, I expect the truck’s fuel efficiency to improve from the current 18 mpg in city and 26 mpg on highway drives.
Price and release date
GM is yet to disclose official prices of the Colorado; however, the automaker has confirmed that the trucks will start arriving in dealer showrooms during this last quarter of 2016.
As for the price, I don’t expect it to change much from that of the outgoing models. As such, expect the base model to have a starting price of around $21,000 while a fully equipped model with the Duramax mill, 4WD and long bed to cost as much as $45,000. We will update you when we get official prices from the automaker.
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