Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon Diesel Shipping to Dealers
Delay Not Related to Emissions Woes
The Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon diesels have begun shipping to dealers, according to a GMC spokesperson. General Motors delayed the trucks’ delivery date for some time pending final review. Spokespeople from the company did not say the reason for the delays, but it likely had nothing to do with the light-duty diesels’ emissions compliance.
According to GM, the company received a certificate of conformity from the Environmental Protection Agency for the Canyon and Colorado’s Duramax I-4 engine. That certification came as the result of extensive testing and scrutiny of the trucks’ emission systems following Volkswagen’s diesel emissions scandal. The trucks were in the final phase of testing when that dustup came to light, and the EPA responded by requiring more on-road testing of the emissions controls.
Two-wheel-drive Canyon and Colorado diesels achieve up to 31 mpg on the highway, with 22 mpg in the city. Those numbers are tops for any U.S.-market pickup. Four-wheel-drivers get 20/29 mpg city highway, representing segment-best efficiency for that powertrain configuration. Unfortunately for budget-conscious buyers, the 2.8L Duramax is only available in the Colorado’s LT and Z71 and the Canyon’s SLE and SLT trim levels, as a crew cab only, but GM has hinted that work-truck offerings for the Duramax may be on the horizon.
Source: Detroit News