General Motors (USA) is on a successful spree by marketing the Chevrolet Colorado as well as its counterpart, the GMC Canyon. Pickup trucks have a huge market in America and successfully superseded the Chevrolet S-10 as well as the GMC Sonoma compact pickup trucks. The history of the Colorado takes us back to 2004 when the first generation of these pickups drove to fame.
The Chevrolet Colorado was designed by General Motor’s North American operations division, General Motor’s Brazil operations and Isuzu that was involved in the designing process and later started designing and selling its own pickup trucks.
The Colorado offered both manual and automatic transmissions as well as rear and four wheel drive options along with standard, extended, and four-door crew cab body styles. The initial models came with 2.8 L LK5 14 engines as a standard but there were more powerful models with the Z 71 package that were available with the four-door variants. Later, these packages were dropped paving way to the LT2 and LT3.
During 2007, the Colorado underwent a facelift and a new engine upgrade, the new models has the 2.9 L LLV 14 as well as the 3.7L LLR 15 engines that were introduced as a solution to the ongoing head problem. There were new color options available too. A few colors were Deep Ruby, Pace Blue and Imperial Blue as well as a new set of tires and new wheels. The LT and LTZ models have minor changes incorporated in them and the Colorado badge was also phased out from the Vehicle’s doors in favor of General Motor’s new and official corporate logo.
The 2009 Colorado underwent another facelift and had a 5.3 L LH8 V8i and produced 300 Horse power, the internal changes on the engine were the only prominent changes, there weren’t any other noteworthy changes.
During 2010, the General Motors Badges were completely phased out from the trucks and these models had no GM logos on them.
The Colorado has been cloned by SG Automotive and named it Huanhai Plutus that was made available in China.
Second Generation Colorado (2012- Present)
Currently, the Second Generation Colorado’s are up for sale and made its debut at the 2011 Bangkok Motor Show. The new Colorado’s were available in 3 different cab styles; a Regular Cab (Single Cab) Extended (space cab) as well as the Crew Cab (double cab) and had rear wheel drive as well as four wheel drive options.
The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado:
The history lessons were always boring, but here is the real deal. The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado is here to amaze you crazy. This is Chevrolet’s first new mid-sized pickup truck that is back after ages. The looks, technology and features are mind boggling. This truck feels like the real deal with a solid and civilized appeal.
The new Chevrolet Colorado gets its power from a 2.5 liter four cylinder 200 HP producing engine that produces 191lb- ft of torque. The Colorado comes in another much powerful variant, the 3.6 liter V-6 that has 305 horse power and produces 269 lb-ft of torque. (with an optional 7000-lb tow rating)
The Colorado has the DOHC 16 valve 2.5 liter inline-4 variant as well as the DOHC 24 valve 3.6 liter V-6 variant with 6 speed manual / manual shifting mode and automatic variants. The wheelbase of this truck ranges from 128.3- 140.5 inches, whereas the length is 212.7-224.9 inches, the width is 74.3 inches and the height ranges from 70.3-70.7 inches with a curb weight of 3950-4500 lb.
This truck is not just about being a hunk and proving its strength everywhere. There is a whole lot of technology that plays a vital role within this truck too. First off, there is high-speed 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity in this truck that keeps you connected to the world virtually, there is also an 8 inch screen in this truck with a color touch radio support depending on the truck version you choose (WT, LT and ZT1). There is also an advanced safety feature named Forward Collision Alert as well as Lane Departure Warning that seems like a sweet spot for safety, comfort and stylish handling.
Fuel Economy and Performance:
The truck is a decent performer and does 0-60 mph in 6.6-7.4 seconds (depending on the model) and has a top speed of 100 mph. For those of you who are worried about the fuel economy, this truck according to EPA does 17-20 miles per gallon in the city and 24 to 27 miles per gallon on the highway (depending on the truck model) which is pleasingly acceptable.
The Plush interiors on the Chevrolet Colorado have various interior options that you can choose from, you can choose between the cloth, leather or vinyl interiors. You can choose between the Jet Black / Dark ash, Cloth seat trim or the leather trim (that would cost you an extra $ 950)
The Chevrolet Colorado truck carries a starting price tag of $ 20,100 for the base level 2.5L in-line 4 cylinder model (excluding $895 for destination)
The Colorado LT Crew Cab 2WD (with 5 foot box) is priced at $ 27,090 and the Z 70 Crew cab 4×4 (with 5 foot box) comes at a price tag of $ 34,095. The connectivity options are optional, although the pricing for the specific options aren’t released yet, it should be out soon.
Trouble for Colorado:
Although this is a very successful model and has around 30,000 trucks pre-ordered, this has exceeded GM’s expectations. However, the problem persists with the delivery issues. General Motors have stopped delivery orders for the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado because the airbags on the driver’s side have been allegedly wired incorrectly and various vehicles produced has been affected.
According to the statement from GM, the problem, “affects the vehicles’ two-stage airbag system by reversing the deployment sequence and disrupting the deployment timing of the driver airbag stages.” That simply means, in an accident the bag may not work correctly.
The affected trucks are still on GM’s assembly line, they are in transit or unsold at the dealers across America. The company is figuring out a way to repair this problem and the existing units sold shall also be taken care of.
Albeit the minor problems that persist with the safety on this truck, the Chevrolet Colorado 2015 retains its pride as one of the most trust worthy pickup truck in America along with the Canyon and is certainly a great deal breaker for the mid size pickup truck.