The Cherolet Colorado debuted in 2004 as the replacement to Chevy’s first-ever, American-built compact pickup: the S-10 (the LUV that predated the S-10 was an Isuzu product). The Colorado continued with only minor changes through the 2012 model year when it was abruptly discontinued. Little did we know at that time, this was more of a break than a discontinuation of the model, as the covers were pulled off the totally redesigned 2015 Chevy Colorado at the 2013 LA Auto show joining the still fresh Silverado and Silverado HD. The Colorado is based on the global truck platform, but is highly ‘Americanized’ with many key components swapped out for heavier-duty items based on the new Silverado.
The Colorado rides on a fully-boxed, hydroformed steel frame giving it a sturdy platform for hauling and towing. Initially the Colorado will come with two gasoline engine options with a diesel debuting the following year. This diesel engine shows just how serious Chevy is in making the new midsize pickup a class-leader. We suspect that other automakers will soon follow suit and offer diesels in their midsize pickups.
Updated 06/18/2014: Chevrolet announced specifications for the 2015 Colorado which will go on sale this fall. With output starting from 200 horsepower, the new Colorado will be the most powerful in the midsized truck segment. Full details after the jump.
Click past the jump for photos and details of the all-new 2015 Chevy Colorado
Official Reveal Live Stream
Updated 08/08/2013: General Motors unveiled today the first teaser image of the all-new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon that will be put into production in early 2014. The model was described by General Motors Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Dan Ammann as "capable, versatile and fuel-efficient alternatives to full-size pickups."
Updated 11/11/2013: General Motors has officially revealed that it will display the all-new Chevrolet Colorado at the 2013 LA Auto Show. According to the press release, GM said that the new Colorado "will redefine the midsize pickup market with great looks, fuel efficient engines, and the versatility active customers are looking for."
Updated 11/12/2013: GM has released the YouTube link to the live reveal of the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado. You can see the countdown and the official reveal, which takes place on November 20th, in the above video. You can check out the live feed by clicking here, or by simply clicking the "Play" button in the video after the jump.
Updated 11/19/2013: A 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show promotional video from Edmunds.com gave us the first official images of the upcoming 2015 Chevrolet Colorado — Edmunds removed the video once they noticed the mistake. You can see the official image above, and we must say that the new Colorado looks real, real nice. Stay tuned for the truck’s official debut set for tomorrow morning. (Carscoops)
Rendering Versus Reality
We created this speculative rendering way back in July 2013, based off of heavily camouflaged test models. Considering the amount of camo the models we based the rendering on and how little information we had at the time, we did a fairly decent job in duplicating what GM rolled out today. We hit the body line on the base of the doors dead on, the fog-light surrounds are also pretty spot on, and the basic headlight shape is close, though not dead on.
We did miss the mark n the grille shape, the definition in the hood and the plastic insert on the lower, center of the bumper. Hey, we never claimed to be perfect, right?
We have to admit we love the exterior styling. It looks young, eager, and much sportier than its big brother Silverado — not to mention light years ahead of its competition. Speaking of which, that is pretty much the only thing the Colorado is lacking. Ford and Ram is stagnant in the midsized truck segment while Nissan has let the Frontier have run their course without much updating. The Toyota Tacoma has seen a few minor updates, but rides on the same platform and powered by the same 4.0-liter, V-6 engine in has for almost a decade. Sales for the Colorado should be like shooting fish in a barrel.
Offered in both extended and crew cab configurations, the Colorado is case study material in a Goldilocks situation - its just big enough and just small enough. The extended cab comes only with a six-foot bed while the larger crew cab comes with a five-foot bed. The six-foot bed is an option on crew cab models.
The extended cab still features rear suicide doors that require opening the front doors for access. The design might be old, but with a smaller cab, structural rigidity is less of an issue than in the larger Silverado. Both cabs have inlaid doors set within the roof structure for greater NHV control.
The two-tier loading system greatly increases the amount of gear the Colorado can carry. The optional rack system fits snugly into the standard pre-formed bed pockets to hold anything from bicycles and kayaks to ladders and construction equipment. Extended cab WT models also offer a rear seat delete option for extra storage of bulky items; perfect for tradesmen and service professionals.
The bed is the business end of a truck and Chevrolet spend a lot of time making sure the Colorado worked for its customers. The CornerStep and bed-rail hand-grab system is borrowed from the Silverado and comes standard on both bed sizes. Chevy’s EZ-lift and lower tailgate is available as is an optional factory spray-in bed liner.
Z71 Grille Detail
Rear Styling Detail
Gallery Chevrolet Colorado
The dashboard features many appearance cues from the Silverado , like the large center stack and controls. An optional eight-inch touch screen is home to the latest MyLink software. A 3.4-inch display resides in the instrument cluster for viewing all the important vehicle information, like fuel consumption. Six airbags come standard, including a head side curtain airbag designed to keep occupants from being ejected in a roll over crash.
"Good enough" is the term that comes to mind when looking at the dashboard’s styling. Yes, it carries the same design language from the Silverado, but it just seems to lack soul. We’re not saying it’s bad, but its just on the boring side. But with it being a truck and sold to customers who do work or dirty outdoor activities, the choice of a no-frills dash is probably the right one.
A center console gear shifter brings a little class to the mid-size truck and frees up valuable dashboard real estate. Directly forward of the gear shifter is a compartment with the multimedia connections and USB ports for charging phones and other devises. As of yet, the Colorado does not offer push-button starting, but rather uses GM’s new flip-open style conventional key.
Crew cab models offer back seat occupants enough room to stretch out for decently long trips. It’s no Ford F-150 in terms of rear leg room, but it’s enough to be comfortable. An under seat storage compartment helps keep gear organized as well.
Powering the Colorado will be two engine options: the standard engine being a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder and the optional 3.6-liter V-6. Both engines are variations on current GM engines, but are now optimized for truck duty. Direct fuel injection, variable valve timing on the dual overhead cams, and oil-jet piston cooling within the Aluminum engine blocks ensure both the I-4 and V-6 will hold up to abuse.
What’s more, both engines have higher power outputs than originally thought. The standard 2.5-liter I-4 will produce 200 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque and the larger 3.6-liter V-6 will produce 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque. For the I-4, that represents seven extra horsepower and pound-feet of torque. The 3.6-liter V-6’s horsepower rating gets an extra three ponies, but is downgraded from the original 270 pound-feet of torque to 269 pound-feet.
General Motors still hasn’t made any further announcements regarding the highly anticipated 2.8-liter I-4 Duramax Turbo Diesel that is scheduled for launch in 2016. That engine is still suspected to make at least 200 horsepower and 368 pound-feet of torque like the European-spec version. Besides the obvious power advantage, the diesel should also offer great fuel economy as well. For example, Ram’s 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 has been confirmed to return an impressive 28 mpg on the highway – and that’s a V-6 in a full-size truck!
Also up is the truck’s maximum tow rating, increasing from 6,700 pounds to an even 7,000. That’s an impressive 1,100 pounds more than the base towing capacity of the 4.3-liter V-6 Silverado. Of course, the Colorado has to be properly equipped with the 3.6-liter V-6, two-wheel-drive, and the tow package.
Mated to both engines is a six-speed automatic transmission. Like the powerplants, the tranny is optimized for truck duty. It includes Tow/Haul mode and Auto Grade Braking. A six-speed manual is also offered, though only with the 2.5-liter I-4 and in extended cab trucks configured in two-wheel-drive.
Other handy features include trailer sway control, downhill decent (on Z71 models), Stabilitrak, electronic stability control with rollover mitigation, hill start assist, lane departure warning, forward collision alert, and GM’s tried-and-true G80 mechanically-locking rear differential.
2015 Chevrolet Colorado - Drivetrain/Specifications
|Type||2.5L I-4||3.6L V-6|
|Horsepower||200 Horsepower||305 Horsepower|
|Torque||191 pound-feet||269 pound-feet|
|Transmission||six-speed manual/automatic||six-speed automatic|
Pricing And Availability
Official pricing for the Colorado has not been released yet, but we figure it will start under the 2014 SIlverado’s base price of $25,575. Also considering the competition’s pricing begins around $18,000, we’d estimate the new Colorado to start somewhere around $20,000.
No set date has been set for availability either, but we do know it will be Fall 2014 when the trucks start rolling.
The Tacoma is not a bad truck, it’s just the better part of a decade old. The venerable 4.0-liter V-6 makes a reasonable 236 horsepower and gets 16/21 city/highway.
The Tacoma’s size is perhaps its biggest advantage. Much smaller than its big brother Tundra, the Tacoma fits the needs of buyers looking for the handiness of a truck, the reliability a Toyota, and the extra room of a large crew cab. The Tacoma is also the only midsize truck to still offer a single cab. Base asking price starts at $17,875. If we were in the market for a mid-size truck (until today), our money goes to Toyota.
Gallery Toyota Tacoma
The Frontier is in a similar situation as the Tacoma. Brand new in 2005, the Frontier also has a 4.0-liter V-6 making 261 horsepower and gets roughly 15/21mpg city/highway. Offered in extended and crew cab configurations, the Frontier is a flexible truck that - like an eager puppy - will do whatever you need it to. Styling on the Frontier is classic Nisan and pays homage to the larger Titan pick-ups. Starting price lands at $17,990 for the base four-cylinder model.
Gallery Nissan Frontier
Honda Ridgeline has been around since 2006 and currently comes in three trim levels: RT, RTL and RTS. All three versions are offered with a 3.5-liter VTEC V-6 engine that delivers a total of 250 horsepower at 5,700 rpm and 247 pound-feet of torque at 4,300 rpm.
Gallery Honda Ridgeline
The Colorado had a good run at first, but it quickly fizzled along with many other midsize pickups after only a few years. This modernization and resurrection of the Colorado is certainly a welcome sight for all those truck buyer who do not have the need for a full-size pickup, but need more than just an SUV. The new engine lineup, specifically the future diesel engine, is also a welcome sight, but we were hoping to see a V-8 engine make another appearance under the hood.
- All-new body that looks more like its big brother
- New line of engines and a possible diesel engine next year
- Z71 package looks good
- Dashboard is a little boring
- No V-8 option (yet)
- Can an American midsize pickup still thrive in this market?
Chevrolet unveiled the Colorado name back in 2004 when it was jointly designed by GM North American, GM’s Brazil and Isuzu.
Initially, the base Colorado came with a 2.8-liter four-cylinder engine with 175 horsepower, but there was also a 3.5 liter in-line five-cylinder engine with 220 horsepower.
In 2007, GM revised the line of Colorado engines, bumping the base engine to a 2.9-liter four-cylinder with 185 horsepower and the optional engine to a 3.7-liter I-5 with 242 horsepower. Also added for 2007 were new tire and wheel combinations.
The 2009 model year brought the most powerful Colorado to date, as GM managed to shoehorn its 5.3-liter V-8 engine into the Colorado’s engine compartment, pushing the output to 300 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque. Also added for 2009 was a ZQ8 handling package to help the midsize pickup handle better, thanks to a sport suspension and 18-inch wheels.
The second generation was shown at the 2011 Bangkok Motor Show and despite initials plans to offer it on the U.S. market, it still hasn’t arrived here.
Gallery Chevrolet Colorado
Press Release No. 1
Sneak Peek: New Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon Pickups
ACME, Mich. – At the Center for Automotive Research Management Briefing Seminars today, General Motors Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Dan Ammann provided the first look at the next-generation Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, designed to be capable, versatile and fuel-efficient alternatives to full-size pickups.
Colorado and Canyon will join the all-new 2014 Silverado and Sierra 1500s, and the upcoming Silverado and Sierra HDs, to give Chevrolet and GMC the industry’s most comprehensive lineups of pickups, helping customers choose the right truck for their needs.
Production is scheduled to start in 2014 at GM’s Wentzville, Mo., assembly center.
Press Release No.2
Midsize truck with the DNA of Chevy’s full-size trucks
Expected to deliver class-leading horsepower, payload and trailering
Rounds out the industry’s only three-truck portfolio to give customers more choices
LOS ANGELES – Chevrolet today unveiled the all-new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado, which will redefine the midsize truck and offer real truck capability and versatility to customers who don’t require a full-size truck.
The new Colorado is built with the DNA of a true Chevy truck, expected to deliver class-leading power, payload and trailering ratings. Colorado goes on sale in fall 2014 as a 2015 model.
“Our strategy is simple: meet the needs of the broadest possible customer base, and let them choose precisely the right truck to meet their needs,” said Mark Reuss, General Motors executive vice president and president of GM North America. “The all-new Colorado benefits from the solid foundation established by the Silverado, and it reinvents the midsize truck while reinvigorating the segment at the same time.”
The new Colorado was developed for the North American truck customer, with distinctive design, comfort and connectivity features, including segment firsts such as available forward collision alert and lane departure warning.
Chevrolet expects Colorado to be the most powerful truck in the segment, allowing owners to haul and tow more. A 2.5L I-4 is standard, and a 3.6L V-6 is available. Each engine is tuned, tested and validated for truck use, and each features direct injection and variable valve timing to make the most of power and efficiency. Each is matched with a six-speed automatic transmission.
When properly equipped, the Colorado is expected to offer class leading payload capacity and trailering capacity of more than 6,700 pounds (3,039 kg). That is more than enough capability to throw a weekend’s worth of camping gear in the bed and tow a boat to a favorite lake.
Colorado will also offer the segment’s only diesel engine in its second year – a proven Duramax 2.8L I-4 turbodiesel already offered in global markets. The diesel engine will expand Colorado’s powertrain lineup to cover the broadest range of needs.
“We designed the Colorado to be the most versatile and most capable in its segment, bar none,” said Jeff Luke, executive engineer, GM Trucks. “Not everyone needs full-size capability, but they still deserve the strength and true-truck attributes that come in larger models. The Colorado delivers capability with confidence – and a fun-to-drive spirit that complements active lifestyles.”
Designed with a zeal for adventure
The Colorado’s North American design is unique, with a confident stance and a sporty demeanor. Taller bedsides, for example, are exclusive to North America and match the aggressive, raked belt line of the cab, creating a distinctive proportion that reinforces the truck’s athleticism while better securing items stored in the bed.
The 2015 Colorado’s configurations are an extended cab model with a 6-foot bed, a crew cab with a 5-foot bed and a crew cab with a 6-foot bed. With the tailgate down, the 6-foot bed allows hauling of 8-foot-long items.
“The new Colorado’s design brings a youthful breath of fresh air to the midsize truck segment and puts a progressive spin on Chevrolet’s true-truck styling,” said Ken Parkinson, executive director of Chevrolet Design. “It’s like the younger, more eager brother of the Silverado – a Chevy truck through and through, with great zeal and a spirit of adventure.”
WT, LT and Z71 trims are available, all in 2WD or 4WD. The off-road-inspired Z71 is the brawniest of the bunch. It also features a gunmetal grille surround – a change from the chrome standard on the other models – projector headlamps and unique 17-inch aluminum wheels.
The Colorado features triple-sealed doors inlaid in the body sides, like the 2014 Silverado, for improved aerodynamic performance and a quieter interior.
To help keep overall mass down and improve the front-to-rear weight balance, the Colorado features a segment-first aluminum hood. It also features the segment’s only active aero grille shutters, which close at certain highway speeds to enhance aerodynamics.
And because it’s a true Chevy truck, the Colorado leaves nothing on the table when it comes to innovative solutions for hauling and accessing cargo:
Standard CornerStep rear bumper design pioneered on the 2014 Silverado
Available EZ Lift-and-Lower tailgate that uses an internal torsion bar to make raising the tailgate easier with one hand, and a damper for more-controlled lowering
Standard two-tier loading that allows a platform to effectively split the bed into upper and lower sections, making it easier to haul, store and conceal items such as tools
Thirteen standard tie-down locations throughout the bed for use with available, movable cargo tie-down rings
Standard bed rail and tailgate protectors
Available factory-installed spray-in bed liner.
An interior for work, recreation and everyday comfort
Blending cues from Silverado with a style all its own, the interior of the 2015 Colorado is designed to be comfortable, is cleverly equipped and well connected. A bold, upright instrument panel with large instruments and a central driver information center is similar to Silverado, while featuring a center console with a floor-mounted shifter similar to those found in midsize cars and crossovers.
Colorado cabin designers paid exceptional attention to detail and premium appointments, including a sculpted headliner that enhances headroom, halo lighting on key controls for easier view and an open area at the front of the center console for easier phone charging. The Z71 model features exclusive color and trim details, including embossed seatbacks and contrast stitching.
“We took the best attributes of full-size trucks and midsize cars to develop a passenger space that delivers a balance of unmatched functionality and comfort,” said Parkinson. “It’s designed to be as useful as possible, with storage compartments and clever features throughout, for owners who will use the Colorado as their daily driver and for weekend getaways.”
Interior details include:
Sculpted door panels that make it easier to enter/exit the vehicle
Upper-instrument panel storage bin (when not equipped with the uplevel audio system) and large glove box
Standard center console with room to store a tablet
Rear under-seat storage.
Dual-firmness foam helps Colorado’s seats wear for long-haul comfort with high-wear, stain-resistant cloth seating trim. Leather-appointed seating is available.
Connectivity, control and safety technologies enhance Colorado’s driving experience
The new Colorado’s technologies are aimed at complementing owners’ lifestyles with connectivity and other features that support their daily and recreational lives – and help keep them safe, including:
Eight-inch diagonal color touch screen (LT, Z71) and multiple USB drives
A 3.4-inch diagonal driver information screen in the instrument cluster
Available next-generation OnStar and MyLink enhancements with gesture recognition and natural language voice recognition
Standard and available features designed to keep the Colorado’s occupants safe before, during and after a crash include:
Six standard air bags, including head side curtain air bags designed to help keep occupants from being ejected in a crash
Large rearview mirrors and standard rear-vision camera system for greater visibility
Available segment-first application of forward collision alert
Available segment-first application of lane departure warning
Standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control system with rollover mitigation, trailer sway control, hill start assist and hill descent control (Z71).
Chevy truck DNA supports leading capabilities
The Colorado delivers the capability expected of a Chevy truck – including segment-leading payload and trailering. Like the Silverado, the Colorado has a fully boxed perimeter frame, which provides the strength to support its capabilities, as well as a confident, smooth and quiet ride.
A coil-over-type front suspension features aluminum knuckles that are low in mass and high in strength, contributing to a more responsive, immediate feel to driver inputs, as well as efficiency. Colorado also features the segment’s first application of electric power steering, which enhances efficiency by avoiding the energy used by what conventionally is an engine-driven feature.
The Colorado has a short turning radius of about 41 feet (12.5 meters), enabling easier turning in tight areas such as city streets or backing a trailer into a camping spot.
Four-wheel disc brakes, with four-piston front calipers, are standard and feature Duralife™ brake rotors – also pioneered on the 2014 Silverado. They offer up to double the service life, which can save money on maintenance.
Another Chevy truck feature offered on the Colorado is the G80 automatic locking rear differential. Introduced by Chevy more than 40 years ago, it gives drivers a traction advantage when needed. It is standard on Z71 and available on WT and LT.
Truck-tuned powertrains designed for work, efficiency
The 2.5L and 3.6L engines offered in the Colorado are based on proven designs found in other Chevrolet vehicles, but tuned uniquely for truck duty – including more torque at lower rpm – for a more confident feeling of power when the Colorado is loaded or pulling a trailer.
The 2.5L four is estimated at 193 horsepower (146 kW) and 184 lb-ft of torque (253 Nm), with approximately 90 percent of the peak torque available from 2,000 rpm to 6,200 rpm. The 3.6L engine is estimated at 302 horsepower (224 kW) and 270 lb-ft of torque (366 Nm). SAE certification of the power ratings is pending.
Aluminum blocks and forged-steel crankshafts, along with dual-overhead camshafts with variable valve timing, direct injection and jet-spray piston cooling are features shared on both engines. A number of extended-life components can help reduce maintenance intervals and reduce the cost of ownership.
All models are matched with a six-speed automatic that complements the truck-tuned engines with features that make hauling and trailering easier and more comfortable, including auto grade braking and a tow/haul mode.
Chevrolet will continue to work on and develop the Colorado until the start of production in 2014. The content of this release is based on current GM testing and is subject to change.
Press Release June 18, 2014
The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon will have the most horsepower in the midsized truck segment when they go on sale this fall.
The Colorado and Canyon’s available engines provide customers choices to fit their varied lifestyles. The 2.5L I-4 has been rated at 200 horsepower and 191 lb-ft of torque, while the 3.6L V-6 is rated at 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque.
The Colorado and Canyon will also provide class-leading maximum trailering capabilities, with the capacity to tow up to 7,000 pounds when properly equipped. That’s more than enough to take a truck full of friends, gear in the bed, and a trailer full of toys to your favorite weekend adventure.
Each engine features direct injection and variable valve timing to make the most of power and efficiency. Both engines are based on proven engine designs found throughout the General Motors’ family, but are optimized for the demands of truck use with the latest technology for improving performance and efficiency. This includes torque at lower RPMs for better towing power and a more confident feeling while pulling a trailer.
Both engines are matched to a six-speed automatic transmission; a six-speed manual is available on select extended cab 2WD models. The six-speed automatic is tuned specifically for the truck engines, offering features like auto grade braking and tow/haul mode.
“Every decision we made considered the wants and needs of midsize truck customers. The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon are engineered to deliver class leading horsepower,” said Anita Burke, vehicle chief engineer for Midsize Trucks. “Not everyone needs the size or the capability of a full-sized pickup. Now customers have a viable option in a smaller package.”
Class-leading horsepower also comes with efficiency, courtesy of dual-overhead camshafts with variable valve timing, direct injection, and jet-spray piston cooling, while aluminum blocks and forged-steel crankshafts ensure a long-life cycle.
The Colorado and Canyon will be assembled at GM’s Wentzville, Mo., assembly plant with start of production in fall 2014.