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Diesel Chevrolet Colorado Arriving in Fall 2016

June 11, 2015

Photo of 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 courtesy of GM.
Photo of 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 courtesy of GM.

The Chevrolet Colorado mid-size pickup powered by a 2.8-liter Duramax diesel engine will arrive in the fall of 2016 as a 2016 model-year vehicle, General Motors has announced.

The Colorado, which was re-introduced for the 2015-MY with its sister GMC Canyon, will also gain a few other features for 2016, including an enhanced multiple-color driver information center display and an enhanced MyLink with Apple CarPlay. Android Auto should be available later in the model year.

The diesel engine will be offered with the GMC Canyon later in the model year, according to GM.

"This new Duramax diesel engine will take efficient capability to an entirely new plateau for the midsize truck segment," said Robert Wheeler, communications manager for GM Fleet & Commercial. "Its broad torque band makes it very powerful at low rpm, while the turbocharged performance provides a confident feeling of immediate and smooth power on demand — attributes customers will appreciate when trailering."

General Motors is expected to provide fuel economy projections for the diesel Colorado closer to the start of production. The vehicle will compete with the Ram EcoDiesel, a full-size pickup introduced in 2015 that achieved an EPA-rated 30 mpg highway.

The Colorado offers a pair gasoline powerplants, including a standard 2.5-liter inline-four or 3.6-liter V-6. The four-cylinder with rear-wheel drive gets an EPA-rated 27 mpg highway, while the V-6 with rear-wheel drive gets 26 mpg on the highway.


  1. 1. Bob Davis [ June 19, 2015 @ 10:19AM ]

    You cant compare a Mid sized truck with a full sized truck when it comes to fuel economy, Of course the Colorado will get better mileage than the Ram 1500 with the ECO boost diesel, or it better . That's not comparing apples to apples . It shouldn't even be mentioned as a comperative model to the 1500 Ram .

  2. 2. Bruce Stenman [ June 26, 2015 @ 10:52AM ]

    It should be noted that the EPA-rated really means next to nothing. The testing cycle is based on a 55 MPH freeway speed for the highway rating and no one drives at this speed on the highway. The fuel economy rating also ignores the poor fuel economy with a diesel engine for trips of less than an hour duration as it takes a lot more time to get the diesel up to engine temperatures where it is providing maximum fuel economy. My Duramax gets 25-35 percent poorer fuel economy on trips lasting 30 minutes or less and that is what constitutes half the miles I put on the truck. The half ton trucks with the diesel will provide better towing capabilities but no one should buy one to save money on fuel, especially with ULSD diesel selling for more than premium gas at the pumps most of the time.

  3. 3. Ed [ July 18, 2015 @ 08:27PM ]

    The epa highway test is not actually just cruising at 55 mph, it includes a few moderate accelerations between 50 and 60. You will actually find that most cars will beat the epa highway fuel economy test rating on long trips with cruise control set at 70 mph with new transmissions


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