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2017 Chevrolet Colorado Receives Upgraded Powertrain

2017 Chevrolet Colorado Receives Upgraded Powertrain

A significant powertrain update is coming to the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado. This fall, the 2017 midsize pickup will arrive with a new V6 engine paired to an all-new eight-speed automatic transmission.  

The new 3.6-liter V6 replaces the old V6. It’s similar to the engine used in the Cadillac ATS, Chevy Camaro, and new Buick LaCrosse. It’s been tweaked for the pickup and is good for 308-horses and 275 pound-feet of torque. (That’s up 3 and 6 respectively over the last Colorado.)

While the second generation of Chevrolet’s double-overhead-cam engine architecture retains the same 3.6L displacement as before, it receives an updated suite of advanced engine technologies. This includes improved variable valve timing for intake and exhaust, improved direct injection and for the first time, Active Fuel Management. It adjusts the engine into a four-cylinder mode in lighter everyday driving conditions.  

General Motors says the new 8-speed automatic transmission is exclusive for its class. It weighs roughly the same as the six-speed that it replaces. But it takes the engine from last years 6.0-gear ratio into a wider 7.0. That looks like higher first gear for improved slow speed handling. However, overall payload and maximum towing capacity won’t change

The Hydra-Matic 8L45 eight-speed automatic transmission used in the Cadillac CT6 shares the architecture and design features of the Hydra-Matic 8L90 transmission, but it is scaled and calibrated for the performance envelope of the new 3.6L V-6. It also incorporates components to support the engine’s stop/start technology.

General Motors’ new Hydra-Matic 8L45 eight-speed automatic transmission is scaled and calibrated for the performance envelope of the new 3.6L V-6. It also incorporates components to support the engine’s stop/start technology.

Official EPA fuel economy numbers aren’t available yet, but they’re not expected to change much. The current V6 makes 26 miles on the highway with rear-wheel drive, and 24 highway miles with AWD.

The base 2.5-liter I-4 or optional 2.8-liter turbo-diesel engine will also continue to be engine choices.

The Chevy Colorado is a hit for the automaker. It’s current sales track projection will set it at over 100,000 models sold this year.The 2017 Colorado goes on sale in the fourth quarter. We’ll get pricing info closer to the release date. 

Currently the model offers, and will likely continue to offer, the trim levels of WT, LT, and Z71. Special edition options are the Shoreline, Trail Boss, LT Midnight, and Z71 Midnight.  

It will also come standard with Chevy’s new Teen Driver feature.

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