When GM revealed the new Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon, it also announced that it would eventually offer a turbo-diesel engine for the revamped midsize trucks. We’ve all been patiently awaiting the final specs of this petite diesel powertrain, and today Chevy has announced all of the important details on it.
This 2.8-liter turbo-diesel four-cylinder checks in with a relatively modest 181 horsepower at 3,400 rpm, but its torque rings in at a whopping 369 pound-feet at 2,000 rpm. That latter number plays a large role in the two-wheel-drive version of the diesel-powered Colorado towing up to 7,700 pounds. The four-wheel-drive model is no slouch either with its 7,600-pound towing capacity. GVWR chimes in at 6,000 pounds for two-wheel-drive models, while four-wheel-drive versions have a 6,200-pound GVWR.
On top of the great towing capacity, Chevy also expects the Colorado to be the most fuel-efficient pickup on the market. It is also the cleanest-running diesel engine GM has ever built.
So, what will the diesel-powered Colorado cost? It will be available in LT and Z71 Crew Cab versions of the 2016 Colorado with either two- or four-wheel drive, and will cost $3,730 more than the 3.6-liter V-6 model. Chevy hasn’t yet revealed pricing for the 2016 Colorado lineup, but by 2015’s pricing, the Colorado diesel would start from $32,950.
For this added scratch, you are getting more than just a diesel engine, as there are several extra goodies that Chevy tacked onto this deal. Other standard features include a smart diesel exhaust brake, a six-speed auto transmission with a Centrifugal Pendulum Vibration Absorber to minimize noise, the Z82 Trailering package with a hitch receiver and seven-pin connector, a G80 locking rear diff, a 3.42-to-1 rear axle ratio, and an electronic two-speed transfer case on four-wheel-drive models.
Chevy didn’t announce when the Colorado diesel will hit dealers, but I would expect to see it by the fall of 2015. We’ll bring you additional details and pricing info once they’re available.