2015 Chevrolet Colorado Diesel and Price
Chevrolet unveiled the all-new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado, which will redefine the midsize truck and offer real truck capability and versatility to customers who don’t require a full-size truck. Chevrolet expects Colorado to be the most powerful truck in the segment, allowing owners to haul and tow more. A 2.5L I-4 is standard, and a 3.6L V-6 is available. Each engine is tuned, tested and validated for truck use, and each features direct injection and variable valve timing to make the most of power and efficiency. Each is matched with a six-speed automatic transmission.
2015 Chevrolet Colorado Design
The 2015 Colorado’s configurations are an extended cab model with a 6-foot bed, a crew cab with a 5-foot bed and a crew cab with a 6-foot bed. With the tailgate down, the 6-foot bed allows hauling of 8-foot-long items. To help keep overall mass down and improve the front-to-rear weight balance, the Colorado features a segment-first aluminum hood. It also features the segment’s only active aero grille shutters, which close at certain highway speeds to enhance aerodynamics. A properly equipped Colorado is rated to tow up to 6,700 pounds, which is more than the current Tacoma. EPA fuel economy estimates haven’t been announced, but a lightweight aluminum hood and active grille shutters that close at highway speeds should help the Colorado achieve better mileage than its predecessor’s 26 mpg on the highway. The pre-production Colorado’s upgrades in interior quality, comfort and convenience mark a vast improvement over the last model. Cabin quality appears on par with the Cruze compact sedan, and with the Chevy MyLink infotainment interface and smartphone integration, the Colorado looks like a nicer place to sit than in the relatively plain Frontier.
The 2.5L and 3.6L engines offered in the Colorado are based on proven designs found in other Chevrolet vehicles, but tuned uniquely for truck duty – including more torque at lower rpm – for a more confident feeling. The 2.5L four is estimated at 193 horsepower (146 kW) and 184 lb-ft of torque (253 Nm), with approximately 90 percent of the peak torque available from 2,000 rpm to 6,200 rpm. The 3.6L engine is estimated at 302 horsepower (224 kW) and 270 lb-ft of torque (366 Nm). SAE certification of the power ratings is pending. Aluminum blocks and forged-steel crankshafts, along with dual-overhead camshafts with variable valve timing, direct injection and jet-spray piston cooling are features shared on both engines. A number of extended-life components can help reduce maintenance intervals and reduce the cost of ownership.
New engines promise better power and efficiency; manageable size, affordable alternative to full-size trucks; much-improved interior.
Gains in fuel economy compared to predecessor remain to be seen; “sport-lifestyle” focus could turn off more work- and utility-minded buyers; diesel engine options not available at launch.
Pricing 2015 Chevrolet Colorado has not been announced at this time, but Maria Rohrer, Chevy Trucks’ director of marketing, told that it will be very important to keep pricing at a “three-truck, three-tier” strategy. Considering the Silverado starts at $25,575, we would expect the Colorado to fall somewhere under the $20,000 mark. (A 2014 Tacoma starts at $17,875, for reference.) Official numbers, as well as final specifications, should be released closer to the truck’s on-sale date next fall.