The 2015 Colorado is one of Chevrolet’s hottest models these days, with the midsize truck causing quite a stir in its segment. The Colorado offers tons of cab, bed, engine, and drivetrain options that give truck buyers the ability to pick a truck to fit their needs. That versatility extends to the Chevrolet’s innovative cargo bed-based GearOn cargo management system.

To help promote its bed management system, Chevy has bundled the GearOn equipment with a few exterior adornments on the truck to make it stand out. While the GearOn system is available on any Colorado or its GMC Canyon twin, neither would come with the added pieces of the bundle.

Those include the off-road assist steps, gloss-black, 18-inch aluminum wheels, a body-colored grille with a blacked out Chevy bowtie along with a matching emblem on the EZ Lift and Lower Tailgate, fog lamps, rear window defogger, and the remote start system.

While the GearOn Special Edition doesn’t come with every GearOn accessory, it does provide the basic system for attaching things like bike, ski, canoe, or surfboard carriers and even a pop-up tent. All the ancillary parts are available at Chevy dealerships.

Updated 02/13/2015: We’ve added a series of images taken during the Colorado GearOn Special Edition’s official debut at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. Check the new images in the "Pictures" tab.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado GearOn Special Edition.

  • Year:
    2015
  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Transmission:
    six-speed automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    200
  • Torque @ RPM:
    191
  • Energy:
    Direct Injection
  • Displacement:
    2.5 L
  • 0-60 time:
    9 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    120 mph (Est.)
  • Layout:
    Front Engine; 2WD, 4WD
  • Price:
    31250
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Exterior

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The outside is dressed up with a body-colored grille, gloss black, 18-inch wheels, and black bowties front and rear. Those cosmetic changes help separate the GearOn Special Edition front other Colorado trucks as those options aren’t otherwise available. To help dress things up even more are the rugged-looking off-road step bars and standard-issue fog lights.

The GearOn system falls into the exterior category too, and can drastically change the appearance of the truck beyond the less conspicuous changes listed above. The GearOn bed system is bolted to the bed and offers connection points for implements like bike racks, overhead storage, and removable toolboxes. The possibilities are endless when customizing the truck. All the parts are available at the dealer and can be quickly slid into place. Things like a movable bed divider brings added storage options for those with different sized cargo or items that need to stay separated.

Interior

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Unlike the outside, things within the cabin remain stock. That’s not a bad thing, however, as the Colorado offers a swanky place to sit. Decent materials with good fit and finish make the truck more upscale than its competition. The optional MyLink infotainment system provides audio entertainment and navigation capabilities.

Cab configurations range from the extended cab with rear-facing secondary doors to the crew cab with four regular doors. In the crew cab configuration, there is room for five while the extended cab is confined to two main seats up front and two rear seats for those smaller than five feet.

Drivetrain

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Like the interior, the powertrain remains unchanged. The Colorado’s base engine is the 2.5-liter four-cylinder making 200 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque. The optional mill is the venerable 3.6-liter V-6 making 305 horses and 269 pound-feet of torque. Both feature variable valve timing and direct injection for both fuel economy and power. The Colorado actually offers a manual transmission option, though it’s only available with the four-cylinder on extended cab models. Otherwise, a six-speed automatic does the shifting. Of course, both 2WD and 4WD are offered.

For diesel fans, 2016 will bring an all-new 2.8-liter four-cylinder Duramax turbodiesel. Though the official numbers are not out yet, expect the baby Duramax to produce around 200 horsepower and 368 pound-feet of torque.

Prices

The price for the Colorado GearOn Special Edition starts at $31,250. It’s available on LT models in both the extended and crew cab configurations with both the long and short box options.

The base price of a Colorado starts at $20,995 and increases into the upper-$30,000 range with all the options selected.

Competition

2016 Toyota Tacoma

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The Tacoma has been the best-selling midsize truck over most of the last decade. Its car-like interior, optional V-6 power and 4WD, and its low starting price mean it makes a good deal for those looking for something smaller than a full-size truck. For 2016, the truck has undergone some major updates, making it more competitive against the Colorado and GMC Canyon.

Powering the Tacoma are two engine options: a 2.7-liter four-cylinder and the new 3.5-liter V-6. Both are available with both a manual and automatic transmission, along with 2WD or 4WD.

Pricing for the 2016 Toyota Tacoma has not been announced, but expect it to stick close to the Tacoma’s current starting price of $20,765.

Nissan Frontier

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Nissan has yet to release an update to its Frontier truck, though one is expected within the next year. That update might bring a diesel option from the legendary diesel builder Cummins, but for now, Nissan fans made do with a four- and six-cylinder gasoline options

The base engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder making 152 horsepower and 171 pound-feet of torque. The optional 4.0-liter V-6 offers a more competitive 261 horsepower and 281 pound-feet of torque.

Pricing for the Frontier starts at $17,990 and grows into the mid-$30,000 range.

Conclusion

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The GearOn Special Edition is a simple grouping of the innovative GearOn bed management system with some unique exterior upgrades. Even still, the special edition makes for a great one-stop shop for a truck with extra abilities built into its bed. The added unique body adornments help separate it from other Colorados as well.

Thankfully, all Colorado owners can install GearOn products onto their trucks while having the cost wrapped into the trucks purchase price.

  • Leave it
    • Small changes besides the GearOn system
    • GearOn available at dealer for any Colorado
    • Must purchase additional GearOn parts to personalize

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Press Release

Chevrolet today introduced the 2015 Colorado GearOn™ Special Edition, which blends the capability of the all-new midsize pickup truck with the versatility of the GearOn accessory system – and additional popular features.

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It makes its public debut Feb. 13-22 at the Chicago Auto Show.

The Colorado GearOn Special Edition goes on sale this spring with a starting price of $31,250. It’s offered on LT models in extended or crew cab configurations, with the long or short cargo bed and available 4WD.

“Chevrolet Colorado answers the call for customers who have passions of all types and the GearOn accessory system enables them to bring more adventure wherever they go,” said Tony Johnson, Colorado marketing manager. “And with Colorado offering segment-leading efficiency and capabilities, it’s a combination that maximizes adventure without compromise.”

The GearOn accessory system is designed for easy configuration with a multitude of mounting accessories for everything from bikes, kayaks, skis and stand-up paddle boards to a bed-mounted tent. Many of the GearOn accessories allow the bikes, boards and other “tools” of adventure to be mounted on upper rails, leaving room in the bed below for complementing gear.

The Colorado GearOn Special Edition includes the GearOn bars package, divider package and cargo tie-down rings. Additional GearOn accessories can be purchased separately and the customer can have them installed at the time of delivery (installation charges may be extra). The cost of the accessories can be included in monthly vehicle payments, when they’re chosen before taking delivery.

Additional content on the Colorado GearOn Special Edition includes:

EZ Lift and Lower tailgate
Off-road assist steps
Gloss black 18-inch aluminum wheels
Body-color grille
Front and rear black Chevy bowtie emblems
Front fog lamps
Rear window defogger
Remote start.

GearOnTM Accessories are available for installation on the entire Colorado portfolio.

Chevrolet Colorado offers the most horsepower and best highway efficiency in the segment, as well as the highest available trailering rating – 7,000 pounds (V-6 2WD) – and higher payload rating – 1,590 pounds (V-6 2WD).

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