Good things come in small(er) Colorado package
Chevrolet recently unveiled its all-new 2015 Colorado, offering real truck capability and versatility to pickup buyers who don’t require a full-size truck. The Colorado will go on sale Fall 2014 as a 2015 model. Developed for the North American truck market, the Colorado offers numerous design, comfort, and connectivity features, including available forward collision alert and lane departure warning.
A 2.5L I-4 engine 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. Both engines are matched with a six-speed automatic transmission, and the 2.5L is also available with a six-speed manual transmission on extended-cab 2WD “Work Truck” models. After the 2014 launch, a Duramax 2.8L I-4 turbodiesel will be added to the engine lineup.
Properly equipped, the Colorado is expected to offer trailer-towing capacity over 6,700 pounds, more than enough to throw a weekend’s worth of camping gear in the bed and still tow a boat to the lake.
The 2015 Colorado can be configured as an extended cab model with a 6’ bed, a crew cab with a 5’ bed or a crew cab with a 6’ bed. With the tailgate down, the 6’ bed allows hauling of 8’ long items. Available trim levels include the WT, LT and Z71, all in 2WD or 4WD. The off-road-inspired Z71 features a gunmetal grille surround, projector headlamps, and unique 17” aluminum wheels.
Not just a pretty face, the Colorado includes several innovative features for hauling and accessing cargo:
- Standard CornerStep rear bumper design
- Available EZ Lift-and-Lower tailgate
- 13 standard tie-down locations, available with movable cargo tie-down rings.
- Standard bedrail and tailgate protectors
- Available factory-installed spray-in bed liner
Stay tuned for a full test drive report in 2014.