General Motors is really excited about this one. The automaker claims its 2016 Diesel Chevy Colorado and 2016 Diesel GMC Canyon midsize pickups are the most fuel efficient on the market. The claim comes with an EPA estimated 31-mpg highway rating for the two-wheel drive models.
Specifically, we’re talking about the 2016 Colorado two-wheel drive with the Duramax turbo-diesel and the all-new 2016 GMC Canyon. The 4WD Colorado model offers an EPA estimated 20 mpg city and 23 mpg combined. Canyon diesel four-wheel drive models are rated at 20 city and 29 highway and 23 mpg combined.
With the recent scandal surrounding Volkswagen’s diesels, GM is also taking special care to note that the emission control systems on both diesel trucks have been extensively tested and evaluated.
“The Colorado Duramax diesel is in a league of its own,” said Sandor Piszar, director of Chevrolet Truck Marketing. “Colorado’s gas models already led the segment in fuel efficiency, and the new diesel – which no other non-GM competitor offers on a midsize truck – gives customers even greater freedom to go where they want with fewer fill-ups.”
In addition to the fuel economy ratings, the EPA has issued a “Certificate of Conformity” for both the Diesel Colorado and the GMC Canyon diesel.
“GMC Canyon is designed for those who want a smart-sized premium pickup that is quiet, capable and efficient and the new Duramax diesel engine gives customers another choice for handling heavier work and recreational needs – while doing it efficiently,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing. “It’s the very definition of GMC’s professional grade ethos.”
The Canyon diesel goes on sale this fall, offered on SLE and SLT Crew Cab models. It is priced $3,730 more than a comparably equipped V-6 model. Diesel models will require the available trailering package, which includes a hitch receiver and seven-pin connector, as well as the segment-exclusive automatic locking rear differential.
The Colorado diesel goes on sale this fall, offered in LT and Z71 Crew Cab models, with 2WD or 4WD. Pricing for the diesel engine option is $3,730 more than a comparably equipped 3.6L V-6 model.