Chevrolet has introduced its new 2016 Colorado Duramax diesel, which is set to arrive in North American showrooms this fall. Offering a towing capacity of up to 7,700 lbs in 4x4 configuration (7,600 lbs with 4x2 models), it boasts the cleanest diesel engine GM has ever offered.
“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,” said Scott Yackley, assistant chief engineer. “That means there are no compromises with the Colorado diesel. It offers exceptional capability delivered with a confident feeling of control.”
This 2.8L 4-cylinder Duramax turbo-diesel mill produces 181 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque through a 6-speed Hydra-Matic 6L50 transmission. The latter is matched with a Centrifugal Pendulum Vibration Absorber (CPVA) in the torque converter to reduce powertrain noise and vibration. Other technical highlights include a common rail direct injection fuel system, a forged steel crankshaft and connecting rods, as well as an iron cylinder block and aluminum DOHC cylinder head.
The 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Duramax diesel will come standard with an all-new integrated trailer brake controller, plus a smart diesel exhaust brake system that enhances vehicle control and reduces brake wear on steep grades.
“Simply put, there’s no other midsize truck that can do what Colorado can with its all-new Duramax diesel,” said Sandor Piszar, director of Chevrolet Truck Marketing. “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.”
When it goes on sale this fall, the diesel-powered Chevy Colorado Duramax will be available in LT and Z71 Crew Cab models, with 2WD or 4WD. In the U.S., it will cost $3,730 more than a comparably equipped 3.6L V6 model. Canadian pricing has yet to be announced, however.