It might be smaller than the rest, but it’s going to be important in a big way for General Motors when the new Chevrolet Colorado is unveiled in Los Angeles next week.
Expected to serve more as a “lifestyle” truck than a purpose-built workhorse, the Colorado will come with an optional Duramax turbocharged diesel four-cylinder engine. Based on what General Motors offers in the global Colorado, it will either by a 2.5- or 2.8-liter powerplant, although the larger option would probably prove to be more palatable to U.S. buyers expecting more power.
In other markets, the 2.8 produces 180 hp and 346 lb-ft of torque. Those numbers are likely to change a little for North America because emissions regulations will force the company to make modifications to meet U.S. pollution requirements. Expect it to come with a six-speed automatic. Previous reports suggest GM plans to launch the Colorado and its GMC Canyon counterpart in the fall of 2014 with the diesel version coming sometime in 2015.
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