2015 Chevrolet Colorado Rejoins Midsize Truck Market
Chevrolet to hit 2015 market with midsize, fullsize, and Heavy Duty offerings
The curtain that has hidden the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado has been pulled back this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show, revealing a sporty, adventurous, capable midsize truck expected to deliver class-leading horsepower, payload and trailering for customers whose lifestyles don’t require a fullsize truck. Developed for the North American truck customer with a zeal for adventure, the new Colorado has the DNA of the Silverado but also a distinctive, individual look of its own. Some of the cues taken from the 2014 Silverado include the CornerStep rear bumper, available EZ Lift-and-Lower tailgate, triple-sealed doors inlaid in the body sides for a quieter ride and improved aerodynamics, a fully boxed perimeter frame, electric power steering, and four-wheel disc brakes that feature Duralife brake rotors. Says Ken Parkinson, executive director of Chevrolet Design: “It’s like the younger, more eager brother of the Silverado – a Chevy truck through and through, with great zeal and a spirit of adventure.”
For the 2015 model year, two engines specifically tuned for truck duty will be offered. A 2.5L engine will offer an estimated 193 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque and a 3.6L will produce an estimated 302 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque. (These numbers are not SAE certified.) Both engines feature aluminum blocks, forged-steel crankshafts, dual-overhead camshafts with variable valve timing and direct injection. A DURAMAX 2.8L I-4 turbodiesel engine will be available for the 2016 model year.
Three configurations of the Colorado will be offered: extended cab with a 6-foot bed, crew cab with a 5-foot bed and crew cab with a 6-foot bed. Three trims, available in 2WD or 4WD, include WT, LT and Z71. (No LTZ trim will be offered; Z71 is the off-road inspired top trim and includes a gunmetal grille surround, projector headlamps and 17-inch aluminum wheels.) A G80 automatic locking rear differential is standard on the Z71 and will be available on the WT and LT. Trailering capacity will be around 6,700 pounds for a properly equipped Colorado.
It's not a true mini truck, but it's as close as we've got! Unfortunately, the Colorado does not go on sale until fall 2014, a long wait for ever-eager truck enthusiasts!