Long-Awaited Chevy Colorado Duramax Sent to Dealerships
Chevy Colorado fans have been eagerly awaiting the release of the Chevy Colorado Duramax diesel pickup since it was first announced last summer. Those who purchased the vehicle (with the accompanying engine) had to wait a bit longer than anticipated to get their trucks, but a recent report suggests that the brand has started deliveries.
_If you’ve been thinking about heading to a Chevy truck dealer and buying yourself the new 2016 Chevy Colorado pickup, you may have to reconsider your options. After all, you may want to dish out the extra bit of money to secure the impressive Duramax engine… _
After a slight delay, the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Duramax Diesel will soon be hitting dealerships around the country. DailySunKnoxville.com writes that General Motors has started deliveries on the long-awaited vehicle. The Colorado will feature the 2.8-liter Duramax engine, a unit capable of pumping out 181 horsepower and 369 pounds-feet of torque (which vicariously plays a role in the incredible 7,700-pound trailering rating on the two-wheel-drive models and 7,600-pound trailering rating on four-wheel-drive models). Fuel economy specs have yet to be reported, but the press release for the engine boasted “segment-leading efficiency.”
The Colorado diesel also includes a number of exclusive features. The smart diesel exhaust brake system enhances the driver’s control over their Colorado, and the Hydra-Matic 6l50 six-speed automatic transmission (with the included Centrifugal Pendulum Vibration Absorber in the torque converter) will play a role in eliminating the truck’s “noise and vibration.” If the driver decides to haul some heavy, delicate cargo, they won’t have to worry of any accidents with the integrated trailer brake controller.
“Simply put, there’s no other midsize truck that can do what Colorado can with its all-new Duramax diesel,” Sandor Piszar, the director of Chevrolet Truck Marketing, said in the release. “Along with greater capability and efficiency, it expands the Colorado lineup to give customers more choices and the capability of exploring more possibilities on and off the road.”
“A diesel engine was part of the Colorado’s portfolio plan from the very beginning, meaning the chassis, suspension and other elements of its architecture were engineered to support its capability,” added Scott Yackley, the vehicle’s assistant chief engineer. “That means there are no compromises with the Colorado diesel. It offers exceptional capability delivered with a confident feeling of control.”
Potential buyers will automatically have to tack on an extra $3,730 to acquire the diesel capabilities, a reasonable value considering the 2016 Colorado’s already-impressive $20,995 MSRP.
“It is a no-compromise turbocharged engine that is also really fun to drive, with excellent responsiveness,” said Yackley. “It was also designed specifically for trucks and has undergone many of the same validation tests as the 6.6L Duramax, contributing to legendary Duramax durability and reliability.”
The slight delay could presumably be attributed to the engineer’s desire to have a perfect engine. I think any of the customers would have willingly waited to ensure that they were getting the best possible product.