Vehicle Preview: 2015 Chevrolet Colorado

Full-size ability in a midsize package

The all-new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado, available soon here at Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio, is rewriting the midsize truck rule-book. With an all-new design, class-leading ability and new powertrain options, the 2015 Colorado will be the most capable midsize pickup Chevrolet has ever created.

The all-new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado (MSRP TBD) packs a full-size punch. Just like the full-size Silverado, the Colorado is being offered with a choice of body styles, bed lengths and drivetrain options, allowing you to build the perfect truck for you. Extended Cab and Crew Cab models are both available with standard or long-box bed lengths, and engine choices include a 2.5-liter four-cylinder, a 3.6-liter V6 and a 2.8-liter turbodiesel.

Official data has yet to be released, but Chevy estimates the power output of the 2.5-liter engine to be 193 hp and 184 lb/ft of torque. The V6 is estimated to produce 302 hp and 270 lb/ft of torque. Those numbers will make the Colorado the most powerful in its segment. Chevy estimates a maximum tow rating of more than 6,700 pounds for a properly equipped Colorado, again best in class.

For even more power and towing capability, the Colorado will also be offered with a 2.8-liter four-cylinder Duramax® turbodiesel engine (2015 availability), making it the first and only diesel-powered truck in the segment to be offered in the United States.

Transmission choices include a six-speed automatic with Tow/Haul Mode that’s standard in most models and a six-speed manual that’s available in the entry 2.5-liter trim. The Colorado will also offer the option of rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive across the model line.

To make the 2015 Colorado is the most capable truck in the segment, Chevrolet carried as many features over from the Silverado as possible. A fully boxed frame adds strength and provides a solid platform for the suspension, contributing to the smooth and refined ride of the all-new Colorado. The four-wheel disc braking system features the same Duralife brake rotor technology that debuted on the 2014 Silverado. Another carry over from the larger trucks is the availability of the G80 automatic locking rear differential. Even the CornerStep rear bumper design carries over from the larger Silverado.

While Chevrolet focused on providing full-size ability in a midsize platform, the Colorado was also built to set a new benchmark in comfort and refinement. The door panels and headliner have been sculpted to increase interior space without increasing the overall size of the truck, and the doors are triple sealed to provide unparalleled aerodynamic performance and quietness.  The Colorado even features an aluminum hood and active aero grille shutters to increase fuel economy, both segment firsts.

The new Colorado will be the first midsize truck to offer built-in 4G LTE connectivity. Other technology features include an eight-inch touch-screen display, available navigation, and the next-generation Chevrolet MyLink system featuring gesture and voice control. Through the available OnStar system, the Colorado becomes a rolling Wi-Fi hotspot that gives you a reliable connection to the internet.

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