Vehicle Preview: 2015 Chevrolet Colorado

One truck to do it all

While you’d be forgiven for thinking the United States has a national obsession with full-size pickup trucks, there are a lot of drivers who want the utility without the bulk. The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado, available soon here at Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio, is a fully-modern option for the midsize-truck buyer. While other automakers have largely ignored this slice of the market, Chevrolet brings a new generation of capability, styling and refinement.

Jeff Luke, executive engineer for GM Trucks, said, “Not everyone needs full-size capability, but they still deserve the strength and true-truck attributes that come in larger models. The Colorado delivers capability with confidence – and a fun-to-drive spirit that complements active lifestyles.”

The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado has a confident stance and projects a sporty demeanor. It has an athlete’s poise, and its design is exclusive to the North American market. The bedside height matches the raked beltline of the cab, resulting in a tightly integrated look and providing more security for cargo. Available configurations include Extended Cab with a six-foot bed, Crew Cab with five-foot bed, and Crew Cab with six-foot bed. Drop the tailgate and the six-foot bed can accommodate an eight-foot-long item.

Trim levels for the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado are WT (Work Truck), LT and Z71, and all offer your choice of rear-wheel or four-wheel drive. The Z71 is the burliest Colorado, and you’ll be able to spot it by the gunmetal grille surround in place of the chrome on other models, 17-inch aluminum wheels and projector headlamps.

Every Colorado benefits from designed-in refinement. There are triple-sealed doors that nestle into the body sides, just like those of the new full-size Silverado, which has won much recognition for its quiet interior. An aluminum hood keeps weight in check, and the active aero grille shutters, a first in this segment, shut on the highway, improving aerodynamics and, in turn, efficiency.

Standard equipment levels for the 2015 Colorado are high. The CornerStep rear bumper is an elegant way to easily get in and out of the bed, and the EZ Lift-and-Lower tailgate includes a damper for controlled lowering. Inside the bed is a standard two-tier loading system. Upper and lower bed sections allow handy storage of items you’d like to conceal, like tools. There are also thirteen standard tie-down locations and movable rings to secure cargo.

The cabin design is clean, and features include an easy-to-read instrument panel, a center console with floor mounted shifter, and premium detailing. You’ll also notice the sculpted headliner for better headroom, halo lighting that points out key controls, and high-comfort seats that use dual-firmness foam.

The standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is rendered in lightweight aluminum and features direct fuel injection and variable valve timing. It delivers 193 hp and 184 lb/ft of torque from the end of its forged crankshaft, and it’s paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. A six-speed manual is also available for some models. More power can be had from the available 3.6-liter V6, which supplies 302 hp and 270 lb/ft of torque. Soon, the Colorado will also be the only midsize truck available with a diesel engine. The Colorado will offer a brawny 2.8-liter Duramax four-cylinder turbodiesel, and, regardless of engine, it’s clear that the Colorado packs heavyweight capability into a tidy package.

Modern pickup trucks of any size must be more than just work vehicles. With so many trucks serving as daily drivers and family vehicles, the Colorado was designed to take these uses into account. That’s why there’s a variety of cab configurations, a fully-boxed perimeter frame, four-wheel disc brakes with Duraliferotors, and a list of available features that includes the sophisticated Chevrolet MyLink system, navigation and luxurious leather seating.

In a time when a truck must be many things for many different people, the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado stands out as the only small pickup on Car and Driver magazine’s list of “25 Cars Worth Waiting For from 2015-2018.” Stop in often for more details and updates on availability, and be one of the first to see and drive the new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado when it arrives later this year.


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