Usually, the larger a company is, the less nimble they are to market wants. Subtle trends like gloss black details and chrome delete started in the aftermarket, went to supercars, and are now going mainstream.
The look of the new blacked-out Colorado Midnight and the seriously cool Trail Boss offroaders are absolutely perfect to snag style shoppers. Yes, you could do most of these upgrades post-sale as a DIY, but it’s much simpler to have a factory upgrade available. This ensures your DIY skills won’t come back to bite you in the ass a year later if things start looking dull or falling off.
The 2.8-liter Duramax diesel engine option is an interesting and very timely addition to the range. While the upgrade will be pricey (estimated at $5k), this is an interesting first-to-market placement of a diesel in a mid-size pickup. The biggest competition for the Duramax is the excellent optional 3.6-liter V6, which is only about a $2.5k option versus the standard large-displacement four-cylinder. The gas V6 will be quicker but much less economical than the diesel for towing or always-on duties.
So the Colorado is playing hard for 2016 — fending off the new Tacoma and eventually a fresh Nissan Frontier packing diesel grunt for ~2017.
A new box-delete option for the Colorado means it will be working hard in 2016 as well. It’s not instantly clear what kind of upfit or custom box you might want back there, but is plenty roomy for a food truck kitchen or as a possible go-anywhere ambulance.
2016 Chevrolet Colorado Trail Boss
2016 Chevrolet Colorado Midnight
2016 Chevrolet Colorado
New for 2016
- 2.8L Duramax turbo diesel engine – late availability
- Enhanced, multicolor driver information center display
- Enhanced Chevrolet MyLink with phone integration technology, featuring Apple CarPlay capability
2016 CHEVROLET COLORADO BUILDS ON AWARD-WINNING PACKAGE OF CAPABILITY, EFFICIENCY AND STYLE
Chevrolet Colorado made an auspicious debut in 2015. The all-new, segment-busting midsize pickup was named the 2015 Motor Trend Truck of the Year and Cars.com’s Best Pickup Truck of 2015 – and was the fastest-selling truck in the industry, prompting a third shift to be added to the Wentzville, Mo., assembly facility.
With the most horsepower and best highway efficiency in the segment, as well as the highest available trailering rating – 7,000 pounds (V-6 2WD) – and higher payload rating – 1,590 pounds (V-6 2WD), it’s easy to understand Colorado’s appeal.
For 2016, Colorado returns with the same award-winning combination of refinement, maneuverability and efficiency, while continuing to offer innovative features such as Chevy MyLink with a built-in available 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Alert. They complement true truck elements such as the available G80 locking rear axle and a highly flexible bed with Chevy’s available GearOn™ system.
New phone integration technology on Colorado’s MyLink system displays content from Apple iPhone 5 or later models on the multicolor screen through the Apple CarPlay feature. Supported apps for the system include phone, messages, maps, music and compatible third-party apps.
Colorado is available in four-door extended- or crew-cab models, with a choice of a four-cylinder or a V-6 engine. Models and trim levels include Work Truck (WT), LT and Z71. The off-road-inspired Z71 features a gunmetal grille surround – a change from the standard chrome on the other models – projector headlamps and 17-inch aluminum wheels with all-terrain tires and automatic locking rear differential.
A new 2.8L Duramax turbo diesel engine will be offered in Fall 2015. Details will be available closer to the start of production.
2016 Chevrolet Colorado Duramax Diesel
The Colorado’s North American design is unique, with a confident stance and a sporty demeanor. It features triple-sealed doors inlaid in the body sides, like the Silverado, for improved aerodynamic performance and a quieter interior.
To help keep overall mass down, lightweight materials such as a segment-first aluminum hood are used. It also offers the segment’s first active aero grille shutters, designed to enhance aerodynamics when closed.
Cab and bed configuration choices include an extended cab model with a 6’ 2” bed, a crew cab with a 5’ 2” bed and a crew cab with a 6’ 2” bed. With the tailgate down, the 6’ 2” bed allows hauling of 8-foot-long items.
Colorado’s innovative solutions for hauling and accessing cargo include:
- Standard CornerStep rear bumper design pioneered on the 2014 Silverado
- EZ Lift-and-Lower tailgate that uses an internal torsion bar to make raising the tailgate easier with one hand, and a damper for more-controlled lowering; it is standard on Z71 and available on WT and LT models
- Standard locking tailgate
- Standard two-tier loading that allows a platform to effectively split the bed into upper and lower sections, making it easier to haul, store and conceal items such as tools
- Thirteen standard tie-down locations throughout the bed for use with available, movable cargo tie-down rings
- Standard bed rail and tailgate protectors
- Available factory-installed spray-in bed liner
- Sixteen-inch steel wheels are standard on WT and 16-inch aluminum wheels are available
- Seventeen-inch aluminum wheels are standard on LT and 18-inch aluminum wheels are available
- Seventeen-inch aluminum wheels are standard on Z71
- Exterior colors: Red Hot, Rainforest Green Metallic, Red Rock Metallic, Silver Ice Metallic, Summit White, Black, Cyber Gray Metallic and Brownstone Metallic.
A WT Appearance Package is available on WT models and includes 16-inch aluminum wheels, body-color outside mirrors, spotter mirror and body-color door handles. The EZ-Lift-and-Lower tailgate is included with the WT Convenience Package, which also includes remote keyless entry, theft-deterrent system and cruise control.