Chevrolet Malaysia (Naza Quest) has finally unveiled the new Chevy Colorado, after months of speculation. The 2016 Colorado pick up is one of core models in Chevrolet Malaysia’s vehicle line-up, which also comprises the Sonic, Cruze, Malibu and Orlando. For its initial introduction in the country, the 2016 Chevy Colorado, already unveiled in several South Asian countries, is tagged a staring price of RM 90,188.
The 2016 Chevrolet Colorado’s design and overall offerings are attributed to GM folks from Thailand, Australia, Brazil and the U.S.A. In looks, the Chevy Colorado is an appealing pick up with a refined motif and lots of angular elements; a nod to the DNA of American pick ups. The new Colorado adopts a global design language that communicates power, strength and prestige with a new front end including a sporty fascia, grille, hood and lights (headlights and LED DRLs). The pick up’s profile and rear resemble the previous Colorado rather closely.
Inside the Colorado, toughness and refinement continue with a new premium interior that focuses on comfort, spaciousness and technology. While the new redesigned center console boasts an easy-to-use, intuitive layout featuring an eight-inch color
touchscreen (depending on variants) and houses the latest MyLink infotainment system with all available smart devices connectivity, voice recognition and so forth. Plus, soft touch materials, fabrics and finishes are used throughout the pick up, with focus on comfort and capability. In addition, new trim inserts feature tailored stitching that creates a whole new level of refinement not usually found in a mid-sized pick up.
The 2016 Colorado comes in 2.8L and 2.5L variants. The upgraded 2.8L Duramax four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine (VGT) has been tuned to offer better performance, improved fuel economy and lower emissions. It produces 147 kW (193hp) of power and 500 Nm of torque. The upgraded 2.5L Duramax four-cylinder turbo-diesel now also benefits from a variable geometry turbocharger (VGT) producing 132 kW 9180hp) of power and 440 Nm of torque. The engine is Euro-4 compliant. The 2.5L Duramax four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine (FGT) is still available on lower specification variants matched with a manual transmission.
The engine’s performance is managed by an in-house developed engine control unit (ECU), specially developed to take advantage of and enhance the engine’s characteristics. The ECU has more than 150 patented control functions that optimize integration between software functions and engine hardware.
The new Colorado also features revised body mounts across the range and new engine mounts. This has resulted in lower NVH
(Noise, Vibration and Harshness) inside the cabin. In-house tests have shown that the interior is now between two to four decibels quieter, in addition to reduced vibration.
For the chassis, Colorado features a structure with increased rigidity At the same time, the new cabin mounts reduce movement between the cabin and chassis, providing more solid driving dynamics. New brake compounds and tuned suspension with digressive shocks help to reduce noise and offer much improved ride comfort and stability.
Prominent fixtures on safety for the new Colorado include Electric Power Steering (EPS), Traction Control System (TCS), Panic Brake Assist (PBA), Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Hill Descent Control (HDC) and Hill Start Assist (HSA), as well as dual airbags with knee airbag for the driver.
Assistive systems are aplenty for the new Colorado, they consist of Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Forward Collision Alert (FCA), Front and Rear Park Assist Sensors, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), Auto Rain Sensor, Auto Headlight, Remote Start Engine function., Front-Park Assist and Reverse Camera. One other highlight is the Comfort Closing Windows, which allows both front windows automatically drop a fraction to facilitate door closing.
The 2016 Chevrolet Colorado 2.5l is priced at RM 90,188 and the 2.8l version is RM 112,788. Color choices available are Pull Me Over Red, Summit White, Black Meet Kettle, Switchblade Silver and Blue Mountain.