GM has set pricing and final towing specs for the upcoming turbodiesel-powered 2016 Chevrolet Colorado.
The new mid-size diesel will be alone in its segment when it goes on sale later this year. Powered by a 2.8-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder engine, the Colorado will be rated at 181 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. It incorporates a balance shaft for smoother operation, an anti-vibration damper, and common-rail direct injection. GM says it's the cleanest diesel it's ever built.
Chevrolet also will rate the Duramax-powered truck at up to 7,700 pounds of towing capacity, on rear-drive models.
The turbodiesel will only be available on Crew Cab models in either LT or Z71 trim. Chevy says it will be priced $3,730 higher than a comparably equipped Colorado with a V-6. Chevy hasn't released an official pricing breakdown just yet--but by the pricing already released for Crew Cab Colorados for 2016, the base price of $29,080, plus the diesel cost, plus $895 in destination, means the 2016 Colorado Duramax will cost at least $33,705.
Turbodiesel Colorado trucks will also be offered with four-wheel drive; those versions will be rated for 7,600 pounds of maximum towing capacity.
Added standard features on the new Colorado will include a diesel exhaust brake system; a six-speed automatic; a trailering package with a hitch receiver; a trailer-brake controller; a locking rear differential; and on four-wheel-drive models, an electronically controlled two-speed transfer case.
The turbodiesel is another second-year addition to the Colorado family, which adds Apple CarPlay functionality for the 2016 model year.
We'll be driving the diesel Colorado soon; stay tuned for our first driving impressions.