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 |  Nov 20 2013, 12:01 AM

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The midsize truck market has gone stale with products that have gone untouched for years, but Chevrolet is breathing some life back into the segment with the introduction of the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado here at the LA Auto Show.

Two gasoline powertrains, a 2.5-liter inline four cylinder and a 3.6-liter V6 will be available when the truck hits dealers in the third quarter of 2014, but one year after launch, a 2.8-liter Duramax diesel engine will become available. The base 2.5-liter puts out 193 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque, while the larger 3.6-liter makes 302 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque.

Output from the same 2.8-liter diesel engine in international markets is 180 hp and 346 lb-ft of torque, though those numbers are likely to change thanks to emissions standards that the engine must meet here in North America. Chevrolet did reveal that the diesel is likely to be an available option for every trim level, though there are no specifics on this as of yet.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado InteriorAll three engines will be linked up to a six-speed automatic transmission, and when properly equipped, Chevrolet says that this truck will be rated to tow more than the industry’s current best for small trucks, 6,700 pounds. Available as an option is Chevy’s G80 automatic locking rear differential along with the choice of four-wheel drive, as base model trucks are fitted with rear-wheel drive.

The Colorado shares few exterior design cues with its larger sibling the Silverado, adopting most of its design from the international version, save for the angular front end. Many other features on this truck however are borrowed straight from the Silverado, including the bumper integrated step, lane departure warning, inlaid doors, eight-inch touchscreen with Chevy’s MyLink infotainment and more.

Chevy’s Z71 off-road package has also been adapted for the Colorado and includes features like rollover mitigation technology, trailer sway control, hill start assist, hill descent control, an upgraded interior and unique styling.

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Three configurations of Colorado will be available: an extended cab model with a six-foot bed, a crew cab with a five-foot bed and a crew cab with a six-foot bed. To match those three configurations, three trim levels will be available, starting with the base work trim, moving up to the LT and topping out with the Z71.

On the inside, the truck mimics the Silverado with its eight-inch center mounted touchscreen and 3.4-inch screen in the info cluster. Safety features installed on the 2015 Colorado include a standard backup camera, forward collision alert and six standard airbags.

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Discuss this story at our Chevy Colorado Forum

  • Shiratori1

    Looks like crap…….

  • USF1fan

    I like it and would be a buyer…..but like many GM products, it doesn’t have a manual transmission option so I will have to pass. I enjoy driving and finessing a manual is one of the best parts. No paddle shifter can provide the level of fun.

  • tater

    I like it and would love to have that with a diesel!

  • Mark

    you decided this based on one picture?

  • X-Treme

    I see AT LEAST 6 pictures in this story alone.

  • Dan

    Mark got OWNED (little Caesars commercial )

  • ChrisPollard77

    Why don’t trucks have manual transmissions anymore? Sure, autos are nice in boring city traffic and all, but there’s no substitute for rowing gears. Seems the only way to get a stick in anything but premium sports cars is to order a stripped out base model sub-compact. And then the transmission is usually a crappy mush box. I miss when trucks were built to take abuse and do work. Rubber floor mats and bench seats like my old 83 F150 FTW!!

    All that aside, I like it. Nice size, with a diesel … perfect package for me. Probably come in around $42,000 though. Seems to be the norm for trucks these days, sadly.

  • MARK7SMYTH

    Ten years ago, when i got my heavy truck drivers licence, both grades of diesel fuel were significantly cheaper than gasoline here in Ontario and in the NE USA. In fact propane then was still cheaper than diesel fuel and now propane is exactly half the price of diesel for the past 5 years at the pump. Now diesel fuel is only a few pennies less than gasoline. Considering the extra cost of the diesel engine option, over the base gas engine, it no longer makes sense to spend extra money to buy the diesel engine and also pay double for diesel fuel costs compared to propane. Not only that, but in most countries, Canada and USA included, the federal government offers a tax deduction to get a propane conversion on your car or truck. In the USA, that Fed tax deduction is $2,500 and in Canada it is $2,000. Each U.S. state or province also has their own tax breaks for conversions and/or the tax on propane at the pump. This usually ranges from $500 to $3,000 per vehicle conversion and about 10 to 40 cents per gallon less tax at the pump. Add the extra diesel engine cost, the extra sales tax on the diesel engine and the cost of finance over 4 years, and that diesel engine costs many thousands of dollars extra over a 4 or 5 year period compared to half price propane. Do the math for 2013 cost figures, diesel just does not work any more for a small engine when compared to high octane propane which gets better MPG in the new ultra high compression ratio ( 11 to one ) gasoline engines used today. GM showed a 15 Lbs feet torque advantage over gasoline when high octane E85 fuel was used on the GM 4.3 EcotTec3 V6 in the full size pickup. propane is even higher in octane than E85 by about 9 points of octane, so getting 25 or 30 extra Lbs feet of torque on propane on a V6 brings the V6 on propane to about 300 pounds feet, only about 65 less than the turbo diesel, which has over 110 less horsepower. Do the math.

  • Fred2202350

    Looking at the torque numbers, this could be a popular option if they keep the premium down to what it is for this engine in Europe. This is a popular sized (and thus well thought out) diesel size over there. The bigger models from GM and Chrysler (Town & Country, Journey [aka Fiat Freemont]) use 2.8L, though Ford uses a 2.2L in its models like the Escape (aka Kuga). If I were buying a mid-sized truck, I’d very likely buy it.

  • narg

    Agreed. But you’ll still never get the same power to MPG ratio of Diesels. Put the full 6700 pounds on the back of your Propane and then do the same to the Diesel and you’ll save a ton of money in the long haul…

  • narg

    GM calls the truck you want a “Work Truck”, though still no manual :(

  • narg

    As I see it, Mark owned. Pictures do NOT do this truck justice.

  • Michael Brohl

    The interior looks very monotone grey, plasticky, and cheap. I’ll pass.

  • chris

    anyone have any idea what they are going price this truck at?

  • Stargazer

    Diesel fuel is 50 to 60 cents a gallon higher than gas. Still can’t figure out why you “Dieselmaniacs” would want this.

  • silkysam

    When comparing diesel to gas, the math is price per mile, not price per
    gallon, because you are not comparing apples to apples. A diesel will
    inherently get up to 30% better mileage when compared to the same
    vehicle with a gas engine. That means you don’t reach parity until
    diesel is 30% more expensive per gallon, and it isn’t. Add in the load-carrying
    capacity (torque), and the longevity, and diesel still makes sense for
    many of us.

  • Mike

    mid 20′s for base model upper 20′s for diesel loaded .