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2015 Chevrolet Colorado

By G.R. Whale

On Sale: Third Quarter 2014
Expected Pricing: $24,500 to $37,000

An all-new Chevrolet Colorado pickup goes on sale this fall. Bigger than the original Colorado compact, this one carries a midsize label.

The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado is a few inches lower, a half-foot narrower, a bit shorter, and about 900 pounds lighter than a comparable full-size pickup. A Crew Cab six-foot bed Silverado has just three inches more wheelbase and is just five inches longer overall than the longest comparable Colorado.

The 2015 Chevy Colorado comes on 128- and 140-inch wheelbases in extended cab (four doors) with six-foot bed and Crew Cab models with five- or six-foot beds. WT, LT and Z71 trim levels are available with two- or four-wheel drive.

Although the door and window lines look like the Colorado sold elsewhere in the world, this one is more Silverado than international Colorado. Only the roof and some hardware bits are shared with the worldly version. Most of the body panels are steel, the hood aluminum like many others.

A traditional pickup underneath, the Colorado has a hydroformed boxed frame, independent front and solid-axle rear suspension, and all-disc brakes. The top tow rating of 6700 pounds is slightly superior to the competition and close to many base model full-size pickups. Most of the bed utility bits (bumper step, bedliner, etc.) are similar to the Silverado's.

Aluminum engines include a 2.5-liter four-cylinder targeted at 190-plus horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, and a 3.6-liter V6 around 300 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. Both engines come with a 6-speed automatic, though only the V6 offers a tow/haul mode. Aero aids to fuel economy include top-of-bed surface details and automatic grille shutters on all models.

For 2016, Chevy Colorado will offer a 2.8-liter four-cylinder diesel. U.S. ratings have not been provided by Chevrolet, but the higher-emission version sold elsewhere was bumped to about 200 hp and 370 lb-ft this year. Expect the highest price and fuel economy for that engine.

The Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab offers a fold-flat bench rear seat with storage underneath. The Extended Cab bench appears more like two forward-facing compact buckets; Extended Cab rear side doors are clamshell, swinging rearward.

Silverado influenced the dash design of the 2015 Colorado, with prominent vent-framed center screen and clearly segmented controls. A floor shift suggests there will be no bench front seat option, but plenty of infotainment and some moderate lux equipment will be offered.

The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado made its formal introduction at the 2013 LA Auto Show.

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