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2015 Chevrolet Colorado Overview
After taking a couple of years off, Chevrolet brings an all-new Colorado compact pickup back into the 2015 truck wars. Designed to run with Toyota’s well-wrought Tacoma and Nissan’s handy Frontier in pursuit of the light-duty pickup market, the new Colorado lineup, as well as its more upscale GMC Canyon cousin, is touted to be long on comfort and power and one heck of a lot more fuel efficient than the previous generation, while the Chevy’s pricing is expected to run neck and neck with that of its Japanese competitors.
In any case, trim levels are expected to include the Base Colorado and the up-featured LT, with an optional Z71 off-road package with skid plates and beefed-up suspension components. Meanwhile, look for a total redesign of nearly all aspects of the 2015 Colorado cabin, a reworking that has more than a few reviewers praising it as a step above the Frontier.
Added lightweight exterior pieces, a new aerodynamic profile and grille shutters that close at highway speeds are also slated to adorn the 2015 trims, further increasing fuel mileage, while a pair of brand new engines will give both Japanese small haulers a run for their money.
Another change for 2015 sees the Colorado dumping the 3-passenger Regular cab trim to return in 6-passenger Extended cab and Crew cab configurations. In a curious non-change, the Extended cab still offers small, old-technology rear-hinged back doors. The roomy Crew cab trim, of course, retains the 4 independently opening doors of its forebear. Additionally, bed lengths of 5 feet or 6 feet will be offered with specific trims.
The base powerplant for the 2015 Colorado lineup is expected to be an amped-up 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder (I4) mill that’ll put out 193 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque when mated with the standard 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission. Chevy boasts that the lighter weight Colorado toting this new up-powered 4-banger ought to generate significantly better mileage figures than the previous generation’s estimated 26 highway mpg.
But say you need more pulling power. Well, a 3.6-liter V6, also new for 2015, again combines with the 6-speed shiftable automatic for 302 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque and enough towing grunt to pull over 6,700 pounds of trailer when properly equipped. Oh, and once again the Base and LT trim levels are delivered with standard rear-wheel drive (RWD), while part-time 4-wheel drive (4WD) is again slated to be available in either trim level. As part of the terrain-busting package deal, the well-equipped Z71 sub-edition is rumored to be delivered with the 4WD system standard.
Appearance- and amenity-wise, look for the 2015 Colorado LT to sport 16-inch alloy wheels, power-adjustable outside mirrors, premium cloth upholstery, notably updated simulated alloy cabin accents and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Expect cruise control, tilt-wheel steering and air conditioning to return as well, along with an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, Bluetooth hands-free calling capability and a single-CD player with 6 speakers, satellite radio and auxiliary MP3 input. Needless to say, look for the Base Colorado to carry fewer of the above items, while the Z71 will doubtless pack even more bling.
Options for the 2015 Colorado iterations are expected again to be trim-dependent and for this year to include Chevy’s touted MyKey infotainment system that integrates with various smartphone apps and comes displayed on a new 8-inch color touchscreen monitor. Further available goodies should include rear-seat DVD entertainment, leather upholstery, OnStar Directions and Connections technology and Chevy’s work-ready Cargo Management System, as well as full power accessories.
Finally, look for the old safety standbys like 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, and front and rear head airbags to return, bolstered by daytime running lights and a post-collision safety system. Both the 2015 Base Colorado and its LT siblings, meantime, are expected to remain eligible for optional front fog/driving lights.
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