2015 Chevy Colorado: A Midsize Pickup Packing Diesel Power


2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71The rumors have proven true, and the answers of truck owners everywhere has been answered. Maybe. Today Chevrolet pulled by the covers on the all-new 2015 Chevy Colorado, a mid-size pickup packing a pair of small-displacement gasoline engines. A year after its 2014 debut, GM will begin offering a 2.8 liter Duramax diesel, making it America’s smallest diesel pickup.

With bolder looks and a lighter weight than its big brother, the Chevy Silverado, the 2015 Chevy Colorado manages to weigh some 900 pounds less than its larger sibling despite only being offered as an extended or crewcab model. The Colorado will be offered in WT (Work Trim), LT, and Z71 configurations for those looking to get some off-roading in.

At launch a pair of gasoline engines will be available, with the base motor being a 2.5 liter four-cylinder making 193 horsepower and 184 ft-lbs of torque. A 3.6 liter V6 will offer 302 horsepower and 270 ft-lbs of torque for those needing more grunt, but the real reason to get a Chevy Colorado won’t arrive until the 2016 model year.

2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71

That’s when the 2.8 liter Duramax diesel four-cylinder engine will become available, and while specific fuel economy and power specs aren’t available yet, we have a lot to look forward to. The Thai-built global Chevy Colorado uses the same engine to make some 200 horsepower and a monstrous 368 ft-lbs of torque. A six-speed automatic is the exclusive transmission option as of now, and isn’t likely to change given recent advancements in automatic transmission efficiency.

An all-new, much nicer interior seems to be a step up from the mid-size pickups of the past, and GM is betting it will have best-in-class fuel economy. The 2015 Chevy Colorado price hasn’t been discussed as of yet, though it should start right around $20,000, a bit more-expensive than the aging competition.

While we still have a ways to wait for fuel economy figures from the upcoming diesel engine, I have a very good feeling about the new Colorado. A diesel-powered midsize pickup? Just what I’ve been waiting for.

Source: Chevrolet

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  • Jason Carpp

    Why not? If you need a truck that is capable of towing a travel trailer of up to 25ft, or if you need something that gets around 25mpgs, or even both, you can’t do better than a diesel engine. If GM can make a hybrid diesel, so much the better.

  • Rowland Williams

    We still need a small pickup, not just medium-sized.

  • Chris

    I wonder if GM will do the same thing Jeep has always done with their diesel versions, limit the availability to only the higher trim lines. This would be unfortunate for those of us who want a basic small truck with diesel capabilities, and don’t need leather, etc. to drive the price up.

    I also agree with Rowland, that we need a small truck not just a mid-sized truck that is considered full-size everywhere but America. Someone build me a 4-door, 4wd, diesel truck about the size of a year 2000 Tacoma or Frontier and I would buy one right now!

    • Drew K Simmons

      Subaru Baja, except the diesel part. I love mine, and I get 27mpg average in it. If you find a turbo one you’ll get a ton of torque with 25mpg. Not exactly a diesel but way better than the 98 tacoma I had.

  • Paul Matheson

    Straight 4s are much stronger than V6’s in Diesel engines. I will wait for this one.

    • Refuse to Wait, Going Dodge

      It is a good looking truck and my last 6 trucks have been Diesel Chevys. But I refuse to wait any longer. I been hold my breath since 2007 and watching GM play the ” It’s On, NO its OFF” game too long. GM could have listened to the truck owners and lead the way. Instead they are still making promises that you will have to wait years to see if they fulfill. They will be lucky to come in 3rd in producing a high mileage diesel truck. I am no longer a believer. GM has cried “Wolf” too many times for me.

      • Jason Carpp

        I agree. Diesel may not be for everyone, but so what? There are people who need diesel power, but don’t need, or want a big truck. The more GM procrastinates with the medium/small truck diesel option, the less buyers would be interested in buying. That’s just unforgivable.

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  • Shaun

    The decision makers need to realize that those of us that are interested in diesel, also want a manual transmission. I do not care how good the auto is, I do not like them, and will not buy a car without one. They screwed up with the cruze diesel, and they are going to do it again with this truck. What a shame, cause I really like the looks of the new one.

    • Tiredof whining

      They didn’t screw up with the cruze diesel. I have one and I love it! I get 54 mpgs on highway!

  • Jason Carpp

    I’m afraid I’m not in the market for a pickup truck, much less a diesel powered pickup truck. However, I’m sure there are plenty of people who are, and would be pleased if a diesel powered engine were offered.