While the Colorado diesel 2WD offers the best EPA estimates at 10.6 (22 mpg) city and 9.4 l/100km (25 mpg) combined, the four-wheel drive version gives almost equivalent impressive estimates at 11.7 (20 mpg) city and 10.2 l/100km (23 mpg) combined.
Colorado Duramax diesel’s fuel economy complements segment-leading capability, including maximum trailering ratings of up to 3,492 kg (7,700 lbs) on 2WD versions and up to 3,447 kg (7,600 lbs) for the 4WD with the available trailering package.
Colorado’s new 2.8L Duramax turbo-diesel engine generates 181 horsepower (135 kW) and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft of torque). It is paired with the Hydra-Matic 6L50 six-speed automatic transmission, which uses a unique Centrifugal Pendulum Vibration Absorber in the torque converter to reduce powertrain noise and vibration.
A variable-geometry turbocharger helps optimize power and efficiency across the rpm band, while a balance shaft contributes to smoothness. Colorado’s diesel is engineered to be B20-capable.
Two new features add control and confidence to the Colorado diesel: smart diesel exhaust braking and an integrated trailer brake controller. Smart diesel exhaust braking enhances vehicle control and reduces brake wear by reducing the need for braking on downgrades. The integrated trailer brake controller works with the antilock brake system to provide immediate and measured brake force, eliminating the need for an aftermarket trailer brake controller.
The Colorado diesel is readily available in the U.S., offered in LT and Z71 Crew Cab versions, with 2WD or 4WD. The diesel engine option is valid from USD 3,730, more than a comparably equipped 3.6L V-6.
On the domestic front. the Chevrolet Colorado is distributed by Naza Quest at a starting price of RM133,706. The latest Colorado version available at Chevrolet Malaysia showrooms is the Colorado Muscle Power.