We knew it was coming, but Chevrolet finally unveiled details and specifics on the 2016 Colorado equipped with 2.8-liter Duramax diesel power. The engine should find more than a few fans, especially as diesel prices stay relatively cheap across the greater 48.
But, we want to hear from you. Is the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado diesel priced right? Let’s break it down.
The 2016 Colorado diesel will net a $3,730 premium over its gasoline siblings. Chevrolet also stated buyers must select the LT or Z71 trims with the crew cab option to slide behind the wheel of the 2.8-liter turbo-diesel.
Heading to Chevrolet’s website to build a comparatively equipped, four-cylinder Colorado LT crew cab rings in at $27,985 before taxes, title and fees. That means, MSRP should total in around $31,715 for a diesel powered Colorado LT. The Colorado Z71, with the 2.8-liter Duramax, would then check in at $34,155 with the numbers provided by Chevrolet. This is also assuming Chevrolet is referring to the four-banger and not the V6 option, which is another $1,250 for the LT, and $950 for the Z71. We also built both trucks with two-wheel drive.
Worse case scenario? $38,720 is the number we arrive at when checking the basic mechanical options for a 3.6-liter V6 powered Colorado Z71, plus four-wheel drive, then adding the $3,730 for the Duramax diesel.
Those numbers may be hard to swallow for buyers itching for a midsize, diesel-powered truck. But, the prices are drops in a bucket compared to figures north of $50,000 for a 6.6-liter Duramax powered Silverado.
The 2016 Colorado diesel should most definitely find its market niche without encroaching on Silverado territory, but it’s your turn to sound off. Has Chevrolet priced the 2016 Colorado diesel just right? Or, do you think it’s a tad steep? Let us know in the poll and in the comments section below.