General Motors unveils its new contender for the popular mid-size pickup truck segment at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show in form of the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado. Going on sale in fall 2014 as a 2015 model, the new Colorado offers the same versatility and bold styling as the Silverado, but in a smaller, more efficient package.
The truck will launch with a 2.5L I-4 engine – 193 horsepower (146 kW) and 184 lb-ft of torque (253 Nm) – as standard, with a 3.6L V-6 – 302 horsepower (224 kW) and 270 lb-ft of torque (366 Nm) – available as an option. Official figures are yet to be confirmed, but Chevy reckons the Colorado will be able to offer class leading payload capacity and trailering capacity of more than 6,700 pounds (3,039 kg).
In its second year of presence in the market, Chevrolet Colorado will be offered with the Duramax 2.8L I-4 turbodiesel engine, but not in the America. This engine will only be available in the overseas markets.
Time for some facts and figures: the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado comes in three trim levels of WT, LT and Z71, and with 2- or 4WD. It comes as 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. Al models feature triple-sealed doors inlaid in the body sides, like the 2014 Silverado, for improved aerodynamic performance and a quieter interior. The Colorado has a short turning radius of about 41 feet (12.5 meters), enabling easier turning in tight areas such as city streets or backing a trailer into a camping spot.
The Z71 is the off-road ready version of the truck, distinguished with a gunmetal grille surround – a change from the chrome standard on the other models – projector headlamps and unique 17-inch aluminum wheels.