The 2016 Chevrolet Colorado pickup will be launched this fall in the US and will be available in both 2WD and 4WD drivetrain layouts and LT and Z71 Crew Cab models. Prior to the market launch, the company has announced that the 2016 Colorado Duramax turbo-diesel will be the most fuel efficient pickup in US when launched, with an EPA-estimated 31 mpg highway and 25 mpg combined ratings. This figure beats the current best of 29 mpg highway and 24 mpg combined ratings of the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel HFE. The 4WD model returns a figure of 29 mpg on the highway.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has also issued a Certificate of Conformity for the Colorado Duramax diesel, in which it states that it has no issues or concerns regarding the vehicle’s emission control system. This acknowledgement by the EPA will give credence to the figures and also assure customers that there is no foul play in the pickup’s diesel engine.
The 2WD model with its 21-gallon fuel tank gives an impressive range of 651 miles. The Colorado Duramax diesel has maximum trailer towing rating of 7,700 lbs (3,492 kg) for the 2WD model; this figure reduces to 7,600 lbs (3,447 kg) for the AWD model. This towing capacity is possible due to the 2.8-liter four cylinder turbo-diesel engine that pumps out 181 hp and 369 lb.-ft. (500 Nm) of torque. The diesel motor is mated to a Hydra-Matic 6L50 6-speed automatic transmission.
Features such as smart diesel exhaust braking and integrated trailer brake controller have also been added to boost control. The former enhances vehicle control and reduces brake wear by reducing the need for breaking on deceleration, while the latter works with ABS to provide immediate and measured brake force. This does away with need for any aftermarket trailer brake controller.