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2015 Chevy Colorado Gives Chevrolet Broadest Truck Range on Market

2015 Chevy Colorado Gives Chevrolet Broadest Truck Range on Market

By Jeff Youngs,
At the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, Chevrolet introduced its replacement for the aged Colorado pickup, a new, truly midsize model that slots into the lineup beneath the Silverado 1500 and the Silverado Heavy Duty trucks. Offered in extended or crew cab styles with a short or regular-length cargo bed, the new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado is expected to provide class-leading power, trailer tow ratings, and payload capacity, according to Chevy.

A 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine is standard, equipped with direct fuel injection and variable valve timing and rated to make 193 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. Chevrolet says that 90 percent of the engine's torque is available from 2,000 rpm to 6,200 rpm. A 6-speed automatic transmission delivers the power to the rear wheels. A 4-wheel-drive system is optional.

The upgrade engine selection--the one delivering the aforementioned class-leading power--is a direct-injection 3.6-liter V-6 generating 302 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission that includes a tow/haul mode and delivers the Colorado's maximum tow rating of 6,700 lbs. when the truck is properly equipped.

Additionally, the 2015 Colorado is fortified with 4-wheel-disc brakes, Duralife brake rotors, a stability control system with rollover mitigation, and trailer sway control. Dealers also provide free scheduled service for the first 2 years or 24,000 miles. And in 2016, the new Colorado is slated to get a 2.8-liter Duramax turbo-diesel engine as an option, making it the only pickup in its class with such a power plant.

Three trim levels will be offered on the new Colorado: Work Truck (WT), LT, and Z71, the latter an off-road-ready model equipped with a tougher suspension, automatic-locking rear differential, hill-descent control, 17-inch aluminum wheels with more aggressive tires, and special detailing inside and out.

All 2015 Colorados have corner-step rear bumpers similar to those on the 2014 Silverado, as well as active grille shutters for improved aerodynamics, which helps the truck achieve what Chevrolet claims is class-leading fuel economy. The cargo bed has a two-tier loading design with 13 standard tie-down hooks, and can be fitted with a cargo management system designed to hold bikes, kayaks, and more. An EZ Lift-and-Lower tailgate, spray-in bedliner, and adjustable tie-down rings are options.

When the 2015 Colorado goes on sale in the fall of 2014, it will also be offered with leather seats, next-generation OnStar telematics, the latest Chevrolet MyLink touch-screen infotainment technology with gesture and natural voice recognition, navigation system, dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, and more. The new Colorado will also be available with a forward-collision warning system and a lane-departure warning system.

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