The second-generation Chevrolet Colorado has been a runaway success since its re-introduction in the U.S. market for the 2015 model year. Since then, the midsize truck family accounted for 84,430 sales in 2015, 108,725 sales in 2016, and is on track to sell roughly 95,000 units in 2017. And for the 2018 model year, Chevy is giving the truck a few minor updates, changes, and new features.
On the outside, the 2018 Colorado loses three colors while gaining two new ones:
- Laser Blue Metallic
- Cyber Gray Metallic
- Brownstone Metallic
- Satin Steel Metallic
- Kinetic Blue Metallic
Inside, the base (IO3) 4.2-inch diagonal display radio with AM/FM stereo has been deleted. The radio was standard on the entry level Base and Work Truck models for the 2017 model year. In its place is the (IOB) Chevrolet MyLink Radio with 7-inch diagonal color touch-screen, USB ports, auxiliary jack, Bluetooth streaming audio for music and most phones and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability, now standard on the same Base and WT trims. For the 2017 Colorado offered the IOB unit as an option on the WT trim level. Meanwhile, Colorado LT, Z71 and ZR2 trim levels get the (IO5) MyLink radio with 8-inch diagonal touch screen standard, which can be upgraded to the optional MyLink IO6, which is IO5 but with added embedded navigation. The move to make the IOB Chevrolet MyLink Radio with 7-inch touch screen means that the radio is no included in the Colorado Custom Special Edition package.
In addition, the 2018 Colorado gets the following three new features:
- Trailering assist with guidelines on models with Tow/Haul mode, which is included on models with the 3.6L V-6 LGZ and 2.8L I-4 LWN Diesel engines.
- DG6 heated power-adjustable, body-color outside mirrors become available on LT and standard on Z71 and ZR2 models, replacing the DL6 units on the 2015-2017 Colorado. Base and Work Truck models continue to get the DL6 units. We’re not yet sure what the difference is between the new DG6 units and the outgoing DL6.
- Black leather-appointed seating is now available on Z71 models; previously, the Colorado Z71 was only available with a cloth/leatherette option
Rounding out the changes is the expanded availability of the Colorado Shoreline Special Edition Cloth and Luxury packages on Crew Cab models. On the 2017 Colorado, the Shoreline Edition was available only with Extended Cab models.
Still absent from the Colorado are various much-desired features, including HomeLink/garage feature, a moonroof, HID headlamps, and a luxurious High Country trim level.
The updates and changes described here are specific to the U.S. market and may be different for other markets.
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