2015 Chevrolet Colorado
General Motors unveiled all-new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado mid-size pickup truck at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show in November 2013. Not only does the new truck redefine the midsize pickup truck segment, but it also fills a gap in GM’s lineup left when the first-generation Colorado (based on the GMT355 platform) was discontinued in 2012.
Compared to the first-generation Colorado and full-size Silverado, the 2015 model will occupy a personal lifestyle truck role. As before, the Colorado has a GMC platform mate, the 2015 GMC Canyon.
The 2015 Colorado gives Chevrolet a three-truck strategy in the U.S. and Canada that also includes the Silverado 1500 and Silverado Heavy Duty.
“Our strategy is simple: meet the needs of the broadest possible customer base, and let them choose precisely the right truck to meet their needs,” said GM product chief Mark Reuss.
- Chassis & Suspension
- Trim Levels & Configurations
The first-generation Colorado was introduced in 2004 and was available through 2012. The vehicle was discontinued in 2012 for two years, until the nameplate made a comeback with the all-new, second-generation Colorado. The second-gen truck marks the first complete redesign of the Colorado nameplate since 2004.
An all-new midsize pickup truck to slot under the all-new 2014 Silverado full-size pickup for customers who don’t require a full-size truck.
To fill a more personal truck role in the Chevy product portfolio for those for whom the full-size Silverado is too big.
A launch in the third quarter of 2014, as a 2015 model year vehicle.
Improvements over the first-generation model include:
- More capability, including better towing and hauling
- More power and higher fuel economy
- Improved ride and handling
- Improved cabin tech
- Improved aerodynamics for great fuel economy
- Improved quality
|MODELS:||COLORADO WT, LT AND Z71, 2WD AND 4WD|
|BODY STYLES:||EXTENDED AND CREW CAB|
|MANUFACTURING LOCATION:||WENTZVILLE, MISSOURI|
|KEY COMPETITORS:||TOYOTA TACOMA, NISSAN FRONTIER|
|TYPE:||2.5L I4 DOHC VVT DI||3.6L V6 DOHC VVT DI|
|DISPLACEMENT (CU IN / CC):||150 / 2457||217 / 3564|
|BLOCK MATERIAL:||CAST ALUMINUM||ALUMINUM|
|CYLINDER HEAD MATERIAL:||CAST ALUMINUM||CAST ALUMINUM|
|VALVETRAIN:||DOHC WITH FOUR VALVES PER CYLINDER; CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE VALVE TIMING||DOHC WITH FOUR VALVES PER CYLINDER; CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE VALVE TIMING|
|FUEL DELIVERY:||HIGH-PRESSURE DIRECT INJECTION AND ELECTRONIC THROTLE CONTROL||HIGH-PRESSURE DIRECT INJECTION AND ELECTRONIC THROTTLE CONTROL|
|HORSEPOWER (HP / KW @ RPM):||200 / 149 @ 6400||305 / 229 @ 6950|
|TORQUE (LB.-FT. / NM @ RPM):||191 / 259 @ 4400||269 / 365 @ 4000|
|RECOMMENDED FUEL:||REGULAR UNLEADED||REGULAR UNLEADED|
|FINAL DRIVE RATIO:||2.92|
|TOW/HAUL MODE:||YES (V6 ONLY)|
|AUTO GRADE BRAKING:||YES|
|FRONT SUSPENSION:||2WD AND 4WD: INDEPENDENT COIL-OVER-SHOCK; TWIN-TUBE SHOCKS|
|REAR SUSPENSION:||SOLID AXLE WITH SEMI-ELLIPTIC TWO-STAGE MULTI-LEAF SPRINGS; TWIN-TUBE SHOCKS|
|LOCKING AXLE:||G80 AUTOMATIC-LOCKING AXLE STD. ON Z71, AVAILABLE ON WT AND LT|
|AXLE RATIO:||4.10 (2.5L) OR 3.42 (3.6L)|
|WHEEL SIZES:||16 X 7-IN., 17 X 8-IN AND 18 X 8.5-IN.|
|TIRE SIZES:||265/70R16, 255/65R17 AND 265/60R18|
|STEERING TYPE:||ELECTRICALLY-ASSISTED POWER RACK-AND-PINION STEERING WITH VARIABLE ASSIST|
|STABILITY CONTROL:||STANDARD STABILITRAK ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL INCLUDING HILL START ASSIST|
|BRAKES:||POWER-ASSISTED FOUR-WHEEL DISC BRAKES WITH DURALIFE LONG-LIFE BRAKE ROTORS; STANDARD ABS, AVAILABLE HILL DESCENT CONTROL|
|METRIC||EXTENDED CAB (6’2” BOX)||CREW CAB (5’2” BOX)||CREW CAB (6’2” BOX)|
|WHEELBASE (IN / MM):||127.9 / 3247||128.3 / 3258||140.5 / 3568|
|LENGTH (IN / MM):||208.2/ 5287||212.6 / 5402||224.5 / 5713|
|HEIGHT (2WD INCL. ANTENNA) (IN / MM):||78.7 / 1998||78.7 / 1998||78.7 / 1998|
|HEIGHT (4WD INCL. ANTENNA) (IN / MM):||78.9 / 2005||78.9 / 2005||78.9 / 2005|
|WIDTH (IN / MM):||73.2 / 1860||74.3 / 1886||74.3 / 1886|
|FRONT TRACK 2WD (IN / MM):||61.8 / 1570||61.8 / 1570||61.8 / 1570|
|FRONT TRACK 4WD (IN / MM):||62.4 / 1586||62.4 / 1586||62.4 / 1586|
|REAR TRACK (2WD) (IN / MM):||61.8 / 1570||61.8 / 1570||61.8 / 1570|
|REAR TRACK (4WD) (IN / MM):||62.4 / 1586||62.4 / 1586||62.4 / 1586|
Serving as indirect proof of this are the following statements from General Motors:
“The all-new Colorado benefits from the solid foundation established by the Silverado”, said GM product chief Mark Reuss.
Lending more credence to the notion that the new Colorado uses a smaller variant of the K2XX platform is a GM press release, which states that the “new Colorado is built with the DNA of a true Chevy truck”.
One more piece of indirect evidence pointing to the fact that the U.S.-market Colorado rides on a platform of its own is the following segment from a GM press release: “The new Colorado was developed for the North American truck customer”.
Outside of the vehicle architecture, the Colorado has a fully boxed perimeter frame (like the larger Silverado), which provides the strength to support its capabilities, as well as a confident, smooth and quiet ride.
Since the U.S.-market 2015 Colorado is a different vehicle than the one sold in international markets as the Colorado/S10, it features a unique design that is unique, rugged, bold, and tough, with a confident stance and a sporty demeanor.
Taller bedsides match the aggressive, raked belt line of the cab, creating a distinctive proportion that reinforces the truck’s athleticism while better securing items stored in the bed.
“The new Colorado’s design brings a youthful breath of fresh air to the midsize truck segment and puts a progressive spin on Chevrolet’s true-truck styling,” said Ken Parkinson, executive director of Chevrolet Design. “It’s like the younger, more eager brother of the Silverado — a Chevy truck through and through, with great zeal and a spirit of adventure.”
Like the 2014 Silverado, the 2015 Colorado features triple-sealed doors inlaid in the body sides for improved aerodynamic performance and a quieter interior.
To help keep overall mass down and improve the front-to-rear weight balance, the Colorado features a segment-first aluminum hood. It also features the segment’s only active aero grille shutters, which close at certain highway speeds to enhance aerodynamics.
Blending cues from Silverado with a style all its own, the interior of the 2015 Colorado is designed to be comfortable, cleverly equipped, and well connected. A bold, upright instrument panel with large instruments and a central driver information center is similar to that found in the Silverado, while featuring a center console with a floor-mounted shifter similar to those found in midsize cars and crossovers.
Colorado cabin designers paid exceptional attention to detail and premium appointments, including a sculpted headliner that enhances headroom, halo lighting on key controls for easier view and an open area at the front of the center console for easier phone charging. The Z71 model features exclusive color and trim details, including embossed seatbacks and contrast stitching.
“We took the best attributes of full-size trucks and midsize cars to develop a passenger space that delivers a balance of unmatched functionality and comfort,” said Parkinson. “It’s designed to be as useful as possible, with storage compartments and clever features throughout, for owners who will use the Colorado as their daily driver and for weekend getaways.”
Interior details include:
- Sculpted door panels that make it easier to enter/exit the vehicle
- Upper-instrument panel storage bin (when not equipped with the uplevel audio system) and large glove box
- Standard center console with room to store a tablet
- Rear under-seat storage.
- Dual-firmness foam helps Colorado’s seats wear for long-haul comfort with high-wear, stain-resistant cloth seating trim. Leather-appointed seating is available.
In addition, the new Colorado’s technologies are aimed at complementing owners’ lifestyles with connectivity and other features that support their daily and recreational lives, and help keep them safe, including:
- Eight-inch diagonal color touch screen (LT, Z71) and multiple USB drives
- A 3.4-inch diagonal driver information screen in the instrument cluster
- Available next-generation OnStar with 4G LTE and Wi-Fi hotspot technology
- MyLink enhancements with gesture recognition and natural language voice recognition
- Available navigation system
The 2015 Colorado features a coil-over-type front suspension features aluminum knuckles that are low in mass and high in strength, contributing to a more responsive, immediate feel to driver inputs, as well as efficiency.
Colorado also features the segment’s first application of electric power steering, which enhances efficiency by avoiding the energy used by what conventionally is an engine-driven feature.
In addition, the Colorado has a short turning radius of about 41 feet (12.5 meters), enabling easier turning in tight areas such as city streets or backing a trailer into a camping spot.
Four-wheel disc brakes, with four-piston front calipers, are standard and feature Duralife brake rotors that were also pioneered on the 2014 Silverado. They offer up to double the service life, which can save money on maintenance.
Another Chevy truck feature offered on the Colorado is the G80 automatic locking rear differential. Introduced by Chevy more than 40 years ago, it gives drivers a traction advantage when needed. The differential is standard on Z71 and available on WT and LT.
The 2015 Colorado delivers class-leading power, payload and trailering ratings.
It is the most powerful vehicle in its segment, allowing owners to haul and tow more. A 2.5L I4 LCV engine is standard, a 3.6L V6 LFX is available, and 2.8L I4 turbo-diesel will be available for the second year of the Colorado’s availability. Each engine is tuned, tested, and validated for truck use, and each features direct injection and variable valve timing to make the most of power and efficiency. Each is matched with a six-speed automatic transmission, and the 2.5L is available with a six-speed manual transmission on extended cab 2WD Work Truck models.
When properly equipped, the Colorado is expected to offer class leading payload capacity and trailering capacity of more than 6,700 pounds (3,039 kilograms). That is more than enough capability to throw a weekend’s worth of camping gear in the bed and tow a boat to a favorite lake.
“We designed the Colorado to be the most versatile and most capable in its segment, bar none,” said Jeff Luke, executive engineer, GM Trucks. “Not everyone needs full-size capability, but they still deserve the strength and true-truck attributes that come in larger models. The Colorado delivers capability with confidence – and a fun-to-drive spirit that complements active lifestyles.”
The Colorado also provides several innovative solutions for hauling and accessing cargo:
- Standard CornerStep rear bumper design pioneered on the 2014 Silverado
- Available 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
- 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
- An interior for work, recreation and everyday comfort
The 2.5L I4 and 3.6L V6 engines offered in the Colorado are based on proven designs found in other GM/Chevrolet vehicles, but tuned uniquely for truck duty, providing more torque at lower RPM — for a more confident feeling of power when the Colorado is loaded or pulling a trailer.
The 2.5L four-cylinder engine LCV is rated at 200 horsepower (149 kW) and 191 pound-feet of torque (259 Nm), with approximately 90 percent of the peak torque available from 2,000 rpm to 6,200 rpm. The 3.6L six-cylinder engine LFX is rated at 305 horsepower (229 kW) and 269 pound-feet of torque (365 Nm).
Both engines share advanced technologies, including:
- Aluminum blocks
- Forged-steel crankshafts
- Dual-overhead camshafts with variable valve timing
- Direct injection and jet-spray piston
All models are matched with a six-speed automatic transmission. The gearbox complements the truck-tuned engines with features that make hauling and trailering easier and more comfortable, including auto grade braking and a tow/haul mode.
Extended cab 2WD WT models equipped with the 2.5L engine are also available with a six-speed manual transmission.
Standard and available features designed to keep the Colorado’s occupants safe before, during and after a crash include:
- Six standard air bags, including head side curtain air bags designed to help keep occupants from being ejected in a crash
- Large rearview mirrors and standard rear-vision camera system for greater visibility
- Available segment-first application of Forward Collision Alert
- Available segment-first application of Lane Departure Warning
- Standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control system with rollover mitigation, trailer sway control, hill start assist and hill descent control (Z71)
- Segment-first telematics system with OnStar, providing safety and informational features
The 2015 Colorado is offered in the WT, LT, and Z71 trim levels, each available in 2WD or 4WD.
The off-road-inspired Z71 is the brawniest of the trim levels, featuring projector headlamps, unique 17-inch aluminum wheels, and a gunmetal grille surround, which is a change from the chrome standard on the other models.
The 2015 Colorado’s configurations include:
- Extended cab model with a 6-foot bed
- Crew cab with a 5-foot bed
- Crew cab with a 6-foot bed
With the tailgate down, the 6-foot bed allows hauling of 8-foot-long items.
It appears that General Motors will continue offering the International-market GMI-based Colorado in Mexico for the time being.
The next-gen Colorado will continue to compete in the mainstream mid-size pickup truck segment against two primary rivals, the:
- Toyota Tacoma
- Nissan Frontier
Even the Colorado’s own platform mate, the 2015 GMC Canyon, will be a competitor.