General Motors has released official fuel economy figures for the all-new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickup trucks equipped with the 2.5-liter four cylinder LCV engine. GM says the trucks will offer both — class-leading fuel economy and payload ratings for midsize trucks powered with four cylinder engines when they go on sale later this fall.
Both the Colorado and Canyon equipped with the 2.5-liter engine, 2WD, and the available 6-speed automatic transmission will deliver an EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway for a combined 22 mpg rating. Trucks with the 2.5-liter I4 and 4WD will return an estimated 19 mpg in the city and 25 mpg highway for a combined rating of 21 mpg.
“Offering segment-leading four-cylinder fuel economy is yet another item to add to the Chevrolet Colorado’s long list of segment leads,” Colorado marketing manager Tony Johnson said in a statement. “It shows once again how the midsize segment can benefit from a fresh competitor offering the latest technologies.”
GM previously announced fuel economy figures for the Colorado and Canyon powered by the 3.6-liter V6 LFX engine. To note, Colorados and Canyons equipped with the 305 horsepower 3.6-liter V6, 2WD, and six-speed automatic transmission will return 18 mpg city and 26 mpg highway for a combined rating of 21 mpg. 4WD V6 trucks will deliver 24 mpg highway and 17 city for a combined rating of 20 mpg.
GM also confirmed payload ratings for V6 Colorados and Canyons: max payload ratings come in at 1,590 pounds and 1,620 pounds, respectively. The automaker says the small difference is due to differences in curb weight. The Canyon has alloy wheels as standard, whereas the Colorado uses heavier steel wheels.
“Having segment-leading V6 and four-cylinder efficiency, plus the highest payload rating, proves GMC has applied the latest technologies in just the right places, and our customers reap the benefits,” said Kenn Bakowski, marketing manager for the Canyon.
The two midsize pickups will be also be available with GM’s inline-four, 2.8-liter Duramax diesel engine from the 2016 model year. GM says it will release technical details and EPA fuel economy estimates for the engine closer to its launch sometime next year.