October 21, 2016 @ 06:17 PM

Colorado set to shake up the pick-ups

Chevrolet has gone above and beyond by cramming in absurd amounts of kit into the refreshed truck

There’s a refreshed player in the pick-up segment and it’s packing quite an arsenal that shapes it into one of the most formidable choices. The latest Chevrolet Colorado was launched this week and the expanded line-up now comprises five variants powered by a range of three engines with choices of a six-speed manual or automatic on hand.

The Colorado comes with a five year or 200,000km warranty and pricing for the five variants are as follows:

- Colorado 2.5-litre LT Manual - RM97,053

- Colorado 2.5-litre LT Automatic - RM104,897

- Colorado 2.5-litre LTZ Automatic - RM111,787

- Colorado 2.8-litre LTZ Automatic - RM121,451.88

- Colorado 2.8-litre High Country RM129,189

All the Colorado variants are 4x4 and in double-cab configurations.

As mentioned earlier, three engine options are available and each offer more power and torque over its predecessor.

2.5-litre Duramax Fixed Geometry Turbo – 163bhp and 380Nm

- Colorado 2.5-litre LT Manual

 

2.5-Litre Duramax Variable Geometry Turbo - 180hp and 440Nm

- Colorado 2.5-litre LT Automatic

- Colorado 2.5-litre LTZ Automatic

 

2.8-Litre Duramax Variable Geometry Turbo - 193hp and 500Nm

- Colorado 2.8-litre LTZ Automatic

- Colorado 2.8-litre High Country

Chevrolet has gone above and beyond in polishing up the Colorado’s refinement levels to transform it into a more urban oriented pick-up that would suit the lifestyle requirements of buyers today. Keeping Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) levels down is key in achieving this.

Switching to an electric power steering setup tops the list and has allowed Chevy to improve steering response in addition to ironing out unwanted turns when conquering off-road terrains and reducing vibrations.

Isolating the cabin from the harshness of the exterior was top of the list as well. To reduce noise intrusions into the cabin, Chevrolet has installed thicker door glass, improved seals for the windows and windscreen as well as new rainwater channel mouldings on the roof.

Of course, no urban truck would be complete without a suitable suspension package and the Colorado has not had that area snubbed. Revised damper and spring rates make it more agile on the road and equally adept off it. Coupled with the electric power steering, the Colorado now resembles a passenger sedan more.

Finally, completing the list of improvements is a Centrifugal Pendulum Absorber torque-converter for the six-speed automatic that dampens out torsional vibrations in the drivetrain while new engine mountings aide in that aspect as well.

Safety equipment has not been neglected and a full array of it now occupies the spec sheet of the Colorado. Lane Departure Warning (audio warning only, non intrusive), Front Collision Alert (audio only, no emergency braking), Hill Descent Control, Anti-Roll Protection and a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System are some of the new safety kit now available.

The equipment list for even the entry-level Colorado 2.5-litre LT Manual is commendable and makes it a very interesting proposition for industrial and workhorse applications. Apart from the carried-over fixed geometry turbo 2.5-litre Duramax engine, the kit includes hydraulic power steering, dual front airbags with driver knee airbag, rear view camera, ABS with EBD, immobiliser, manual climate control and a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment unit with Bluetooth connectivity and Apple Car Play.

On the contrary, the Colorado 2.5-litre LT Automatic is powered by the new 2.5-litre Duramax with variable geometry turbo mated to a six-speed automatic. The equipment list remains identical save for the switch to electric power steering.

The Colorado 2.5-litre LTZ Automatic gets considerably more bits such as electronic stability control, traction control system, anti-roll protection, hill-start assist, hill descent control, trailer sway control, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, front park assist, tyre pressure monitoring system, remote start, automatic climate control, LED taillights, cruise control, leather upholstery, power adjustable driver’s seat, multifunction steering wheel and a larger 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

If you require more power, the larger Colorado 2.8-litre LTZ Automatic is available with an identical spec sheet as well.

Lastly, the Colorado 2.8-litre High Country serves as an outside option to the formidable Ford Ranger Wildtrak with a list of features identical to above and topped off with a unique body kit made up by a redesigned front and rear bumper, gloss black front grille, High Country sports bar and 18-inch two-tone alloy wheels as well as High Country badging.

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