General Motors has just announced changes for the upcoming 2012 Chevrolet Colorado. With the present Colorado nearing the end of its lifespan it comes as no surprise that the 2012 model isn't too much different from the previous year.

The biggest change for the Colorado's 2012 model year is that the Vortec 5.3L V8 engine (rated at 300 hp), is no longer available on the 1LT extended and crew cab variants. Also not available on those two models is the 3.42 ratio rear axle and 145-amp alternator. In addition to the V-8, customers will still have a choice between the Vortec 2.9L four-cylinder (rated at 185 hp) and the Vortec 3.7L inline-five cylinder engine (rated at 242 hp). The five-speed manual transmission is still available on all models except LT variants.

GM has decided to boost the off-road credentials on 2LT, 3LT and 1LT (4x4) models by giving customers the option of adding an automatic locking rear differential. Additionally, 1LT and 2LT 4x4 models will now come standard with equipment for trailers.

Inside, all Colorado models will receive revised rear-seat head restraints. 1LT regular and extended cab models will come standard with the Power Convenience Package which includes: power door locks, power windows and a rear view mirror with auto dimming, a compass and outside temperature display. Finally, all 2LT models will now come with front bucket seats instead of the 60/40 split-bench seat.

Source: Chevrolet