So, the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado is too big for you. That’s fine, as Chevy seems to have recognized this fact by revealing the 2015 Colorado mid-sized pickup truck at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. Yet despite the Colorado being significantly smaller than the full-sized Silverado, the trucks share similar underpinnings, as it turns out that the North American 2015 Colorado is more differentiated from the globally-known Colorado than previously thought.
Here are some eye-opening figures:
- The 2015 Colorado is 900 pounds lighter, 16 inches shorter, 5 inches narrower, and 3 inches lower than the 2014 Silverado
- Roughly 75 percent of the U.S.- and Canada-market 2015 Colorado is different from the otherwise global Chevrolet Colorado/S10 built in Thailand
- The 2015 Colorado will offer a segment-leading six-foot bed in the crew cab model, while the base extended cab model will also feature a six-foot bed
In addition, the Wenztville, Missouri-built 2015 Colorado will offer three engines, which are expected to be class-leading in terms of both power and fuel economy. The first is the ubiquitous 2.5L Ecotec motor pushing an estimated 193 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft., the second engine is the even more-universal 3.6L LFX V6 with an estimated 300 hp and 270 lb.-ft. of torque. The third engine will be offered during the 2016 model year and will be none other than the 2.8L Duramax diesel four-cylinder engine. SAE power ratings are TBD.
Yes, Chevrolet is going to soon offer a mid-sized truck with a diesel engine in North America.
As far as trim levels go, the 2015 Colorado will be available in WT, LT and Z71 flavors. Note that there will not be an LTZ model out of the gate. All trim levels will be available in 2WD or 4WD. The off-road-inspired Z71 Colorado features a gunmetal grille surround instead of chrome, projector headlamps and unique 17-inch aluminum wheels, along with a specifically-calibrated suspension system.
In addition, the 2015 Colorado borrows from its big brother in offering multiple cargo access and hauling solutions, including:
- Standard CornerStep rear bumper design
- Available EZ Lift-and-Lower tailgate
- 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 and movable cargo tie-down rings
- Standard bed rail and tailgate protectors
- Available factory-installed spray-in bed liner
On the inside, we see a more athletic take on truck interiors. Notice the center-mounted gear shifter, and in the case of the Z71 model, embossed seatbacks and contrast stitching. There’s also a next-generation MyLink infotainment system, utilizing gesture and natural voice recognition, as well as a standard rearview camera.
While we’re all curious about the new Colorado’s pricing, nothing’s been made official. However, Chevrolet will layer the 2015 Colorado in its three-truck strategy so as not to encroach on the larger Colorado — something that was a bit of a problem in the past. For reference, the Toyota Tacoma starts at $17,875, while the Nissan Frontier begins at $17,990.