I’ve never been much of a “Chevy Guy” – The only GM vehicle I’ve ever owned was a 1989 two door s10 Blazer, a small SUV from the dawning era of SUVs! It was a good little truck, but I haven’t given Chevy much of a thought since then. But now, I can’t decide if I’m actually in love with this new outdoor enthusiast’s dream truck… or if Chevy simply hired a really good marketing team for the reintroduction of the Colorado.
The Colorado is a daily drivable truck. A get you to work on time and early to camp truck. A tow your toys and haul stuff truck. A weekend warrior’s biggest tool, and greatest asset. Ok, maybe I’m getting a little carried away… but I’m very excited that American auto makers are getting back into the midsize truck market. Over the last few year’s we’ve seen the Ford Ranger, Dodge Dakota, and the previous offerings from GM drop out one by one. The Colorado was the last truck to bow out, but is the first to return.
The Colorado is expected to be able to tow a hefty 6,700 pounds. Even though its only 200 lb. more than the current Tacoma can tow, it would be the highest tow rating in the segment. Two engines will be available for the 2015 model. A 2.5L 4 cylinder putting out 193 horsepower, and a 3.6L V6 estimated to make 302 horsepower. For the 2016 model, the Colorado will also be available with a 2.5L 4 cylinder Duramax diesel engine (there was much rejoicing.)
There hasn’t been much released about the four wheel drive system, other than that there will be one, but Chevy’s claim that: “The Colorado delivers capability with confidence – and a fun-to-drive spirit that complements active lifestyles” suggests possible Tacoma combating capabilities with the Z71 off road package.
I’ll be keeping my eye out for more official specs, and hope to see the truck in person at the New York Auto Show this spring.