Smaller midsize truck with a smaller turbo diesel should create one heck of a story once it arrives.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG
- Nov. 20 2013
The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado reveal from the floor of the LA Auto Show.
On Wednesday morning Chevrolet unveiled its all-new midsize 2015 Chevrolet Colorado pickup that is expected to deliver best in class power, payload, tow ratings and even fuel economy.
2015 Chevrolet Colorado Drivetrain
The Chevrolet Colorado will be equipped with a standard direct injected 193 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque 2.5L I4 or optional direct injected 302 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque 3.6L V6 are both mated to 6-speed ATs. A 6-speed MT will be available on the extended cab 2WD Work Truck. That could prove to be an interesting vehicle too.
With the 3.6L V6 and a low ratio rear end, it is said to have a tow rating of as high as 6,700 pounds.
Where it really gets interesting is a small displacement 2.8L turbo diesel is scheduled for sometime in 2015. Anyone think 34 mpg or more highway rating and 50 + mpg available to us? The Cruze TD and its 2.0L TD proved to be the most exceptional high speed fuel economy machine we have ever driven. Could the 2.8L prove to be just as eye opening? GMs latest offerings including the 24 mpgUS highway rated AFM based 4.3L in the 2014 Silverado easily provided a mid 30’s result. Do the math and it looks very promising. The Fuel Economy of a midsize with all the capabilities of a truck sure sounds good to me!
Configurations and Trims
The 2015 Colorado will arrive 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.
A WT, LT and Z71 trim will be available in either a 2WD or 4WD configuration.
2015 Chevrolet Colorado on the show stand
The Colorado features triple-sealed doors inlaid in the body sides. The 2014 Silverado proved to be the quietest large pickup we have driven and I suspect no less from the upcoming 2015 Colorado.
To help keep its mass down, the Colorado features an aluminum hood. It also features the segment’s only active aero grille shutters
, which close at higher speeds to improve aerodynamics.
Like the 14 Silverado, the 15 Colorado is equipped with the excellent CornerStep rear bumper. The damped EZ Lift-and-Lower tailgate we saw on the 14 Silverado. A standard two-tier platform splits the bed into an upper and lower sections while loads can be tied down from 13 tie-down locations loaded strategically in the bed.
The cabin includes a sculpted headliner that improves headroom, halo lighting on some controls. It will arrive with sculpted door panels, upper-instrument panel storage bin (when not equipped with the uplevel audio system) and large glove box.
2015 Chevrolet Colorado Interior
An 8 in. color touch screen is standard in the LT and Z71 trims including multiple USB drives. The instrument cluster incorporates a 3.4 in. driver information screen. GMs next generation OnStar and MyLink with gesture recognition and natural language voice recognition will be part of the package.
Front, side, and side curtain airbags handle the passive crash safety. A standard rear-vision camera takes care of the backing out problem.
On the active safety front, the new Colorado will be fitted with ESC with rollover mitigation, trailer sway control, hill start assist and hill descent control on the Z71. An optional forward collision alert and lane departure warning system will be available.
Four-wheel discs featuring GMs Duralife rotors with up to double the service life will be standard.
The crew cab appears to have about 115 cu. ft. of interior volume which is just as large as any standard midsize sedan. Having a bed adds all of the utility. Even the 2.5L with the stick would prove to be exceptionally fuel efficient although I suspect it would be geared to low to meet our expectations. The 2.8L Turbo diesel however could prove to be the game changer that brings an every day use family sized vehicle with the capability of the pickup. Something Pickups are very hard pressed to offer today. The 2014 RAM 1500 equipped with the 3.0L EcoDiesel not withstanding.