The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado is getting a powertrain reset of sorts, as Chevy has just announced that its 2017 model year midsize pickup truck 2017 will be the lucky recipient of a new V6 gasoline engine and a segment-exclusive eight-speed automatic transmission. It feels good to have (at least some of) the updates we predicted for the 2017 Colorado be confirmed.
About the engine: the new 3.6L V-6 LGZ (a variant of the 3.6L V-6 LGX) replaces the last-generation 3.6L V-6 LFX. The new six-banger delivers three more horsepower and six more pound-feet of twist over its predecessor. However, the biggest benefits of the new mill aren’t in overall power outputs, but rather in overall drivability and refinement.
Like all members of GM’s second-generation DOHC V-6 engine family, the 3.6L LGZ features improved aspiration and direct injection, as well as Active Fuel Management, which shuts down two cylinders during operation when deemed appropriate.
Meanwhile, the new eight-speed 8L45 automatic transmission offers a wider overall gear ratio than the six-speed 6L50 it replaces, enabling the 2017 Colorado a more purposeful and sure-footed scoot. The powertrain combo is said to particularly shine when carrying a heavy load or when trailering. Chevrolet has not yet provided fuel economy ratings for the new engine and transmission combination.
“Customers made the Colorado an overnight success and it remains one of the industry’s hottest-selling products,” said Anita Burke, Colorado chief engineer. “That fast success has justified our continued investment in midsize pickups, introducing new features for our customers such as the class-exclusive diesel engine, advanced technologies like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and now a class-leading V-6 and eight-speed automatic powertrain combination.”
Besides the new V-6 motor and 8-speed automatic, the 2017 Colorado also sees various other updates, changes and new features that you can see at this link: 2017 Chevrolet Colorado updates and changes.
The 2017 Chevy Colorado, including models with the new V6 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission, will arrive in the fourth quarter of 2016.