Chevy has revealed power output and tow ratings for its new diesel-powered midsize pickup.
A 2.8-liter Duramax diesel that makes 181 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque at 2,000 rpm will provide power for this truck, which is now rated to tow a maximum of 7,700 pounds, 700 more than the gas-powered version. With four-wheel drive, that tow rating drops to 7,600 pounds, which is still 700 greater than it’s gas-engine counterpart.
Going for the diesel engine over the V6 will cost you a $3,730 premium, and it will only be available on the crew cab LT or Z71 models, in either two-wheel drive our four-wheel drive. That puts the base Colorado diesel at around $31,700.
The Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) has also improved on the diesel-version of the truck, bumping up to 6,000 pounds on two-wheel drive trucks and 6,200 for four-wheel drive. This may only be to account for the added weight of the diesel engine, put it’s also possible that the truck’s existing max payload rating of 1,590 pounds is set to increase.
The new Colorado diesel features a standard integrated trailer brake controller along with a diesel exhaust brake which is controllable by the driver.
Fuel economy numbers were not announced yet.
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