Chevrolet has already sold a fairly significant amount of mid-size Colorados, but we have a feeling demand will increase once the 2.8-liter Duramax diesel four-cylinder engine become available in the mid-size pickup later this year. Picktrucks.com seems to agree, predicting the oil burning engine option will be a huge hit among consumers looking to achieve greater highway fuel efficiency.
Chevy brought their Duramax-powered Colorado out to the recent Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, where it attracted a steady stream of interested industry professionals, according to Pickuptrucks.com’s Mark Williams. The package offers up Duramax’s 2.8-liter diesel with 181 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque and the same six-speed automatic transmission as 3.6-liter V6 equipped Colorado, which should be enough to outclass the Ram Eco Diesel for pickup-truck fuel economy supremacy.
Williams took a quick look at the Duramax Colorado and a cutaway model of the engine itself on the floor of the Work Truck show, which is probably the best look we’ll get at the engine until we can drive the diesel-powered mid-size later this year. Check it out in the video below, and let us know what you think the take-rate for the optional diesel will be in the comments.