Chevy Colorado’s reintroduction to the U.S. market couldn’t have come at a better time. Whole market was in a deep slumber prior to this year, and GM’s line of new compact pickups already aims to take the best spots coming out of their first year. 2017 Chevrolet Colorado will continue basically unchanged, with only a few small revisions, mostly inside, but with additional powertrain choice.
2017 Chevrolet Colorado Engine
Chevy is planning on fitting their smallest truck with 2.8L turbo diesel 4-cylinder engine starting from model year 2016. This unit will be more than capable of matching or surpassing V-6’s towing figures while offering better fuel efficiency than basic petrol 4-cylinder engine. It’s a win-win situation however you look upon it. Otherwise, current batch of engines will be carried over. 2.5L 4-cylinder with 200 hp and 191 lb-ft of torque and 3.6L V-6 making 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque will remain unchanged.
They will also be tied to 6-speed automatic transmission and optional 6-speed manuals, together with offering both rear and all-wheel drive configuration.
Colorado’s design is easily associated to its badge. Frontal fascia gets a split grille with bowtie ironmark in its middle, while both headlamps and foglights are angular and sharp. Fenders are pronounced, both up front and around the back, and depending on chosen trim level, 2017 Chevrolet Colorado rides on 16, 17 or 18-inch wheels. It also offers Extended and Crew cab configs. While former comes exclusively with long bed, latter gets to choose between short and long box.
Chevrolet Colorado Changes
Only changes inside will be new color options, together with some reconfiguration when it comes to available tech. Some of the features could slide down for a trim or two in the future. Otherwise, Chevrolet Colorado 2017 isn’t going to change its styling. A nicely shaped dashboard will continue with soft-trimmed instrument panel which features standard 4.2-inch audio display or optional 8-inch touchscreen unit which offers integrated navigation.
In terms of available upholstery, Colorado offers cloth, leatherette, and leather-trimmed seats, together with standard front heaters on top grades. Even 4G LTE Wi-Fi connection is available across the board, although it’s optional in entry-level models. Compact truck, finally, offers some upscale safety systems like forward collision alerts and lane departure warnings to go with mandatory options.
2017 Chevrolet Colorado Price and Release Date
For now, Colorado is rated at 20/27 mpg or 19/26 mpg, depending on chosen drivetrain configuration. However, these are only the figures for base engine with manual gearbox, while automatic drops them further. V-6 drops the figures even more, but optional turbo diesel unit which is going to settle by 2017 model year will likely fix everything. Base models start from $20,000, while most expensive Z71 grade takes at least $31,000. However, expect new diesel powertrain to add a few thousands more to the current price tags.
2017 Chevrolet Colorado is a fine choice if compact pickup truck is what you need. It is generally a smart alternative to full-size trucks thanks to its higher degree of flexibility and better fuel efficiency. Optional turbo diesel four is the only thing that Colorado had lacked upon its introduction, and from now on, we expect every new mid-size truck to adopt the same strategy.
2017 Chevrolet Colorado
MPG: Up to 20 city, 27 highway
Engine: 3.6L V-6
Horsepower: 305 HP
Torque: 269 lb-ft