The 2016 Colorado is packing a new surprise under the hood. Chevrolet is coming out with a diesel engine option on its popular midsize truck that will be available this fall.
The diesel option will be available on the Colorado’s LT and Z71 Crew Cab models in both 2WD and 4WD. It will cost $3,730 more than similarly equipped 3.6-liter V6 models, which means that the base LT model will start under $32,000.
“A diesel engine was part of the Colorado’s portfolio plan from the very beginning, meaning the chassis, suspension and other elements of its architecture were engineered to support its capability. That means there are no compromises with the Colorado diesel. It offers exceptional capability delivered with a confident feeling of control,” says Scott Yackley, assistant chief engineer.
The new 2.8-liter Duramax turbo-diesel engine makes the Colorado more capable and more fuel efficient. It gives the tuck 369 pound-feet of torque with 181 horsepower and is paired to six-speed automatic transmission. The engine ups the truck’s maximum towing capacity to up to 7,700 pounds on 2WD models and 7,600 pounds on 4WD models.
General Motors also notes that it is the cleanest diesel truck engine that the automaker has ever produced.
“It is a no-compromise turbocharged engine that is also really fun to drive, with excellent responsiveness. It was also designed specifically for trucks and has undergone many of the same validation tests as the 6.6-liter Duramax, contributing to legendary Duramax durability and reliability,” says Yackley.
We don’t know exact fuel economy numbers yet, however, the automaker says that it’s projected to get better fuel economy than the estimated 27 mpg highway achieved by the 2.5-liter gasoline engine 2WD Colorado model.
“Simply put, there’s no other midsize truck that can do what Colorado can with its all-new Duramax diesel. Along with greater capability and efficiency, it expands the Colorado lineup to give customers more choices and the capability of exploring more possibilities on and off the road,” says Sandor Piszar, director of Chevrolet Truck Marketing.
The diesel model is getting some special features including a Centrifugal Pendulum Vibration Absorber system that absorbs the vibrations so the drivers and passengers can’t feel them and also dispels the notion that diesel trucks are loud. The truck will also come standard with a driver-selectable smart diesel exhaust brake system that adds to controlled handling for maximum performance wherever drivers decide to go.
It will be arriving in dealerships this fall.