The 2019 Colorado represents the fifth model year of the second-generation model and it’s bringing a packed list of new features ahead of an expected 2020 Colorado facelift. One of those features is ultrasonic rear park assist, which is now available for some Colorado trim levels.
Addressing A Common Criticism
The Colorado has drawn some ire from present owners and shoppers alike for the lack of various features that are available in competing trucks, parking sensors being one such feature. Their addition comes as a signal that GM is making an effort to listen to its customer base and tend to the various dissatisfiers.
Though rear park assist isn’t the most glamorous of wanted options (such as a sunroof or push-button start), adding features from the ever-expanding GM active safety technology suite is welcome, even more so with the impending launch of the 2019 Ford Ranger and upcoming Jeep Scrambler.
How It Works
UltraSonic park assist uses an array of four ultrasonic sensors mounted on the rear bumper – two on each side of the rear license plate cutout. The system provides “distance-to-object” and object location alerts to help the driver park and avoid hitting nearby objects or walls during low-speed backing.
The sensors have a range of up to 8 feet (2.4 meters) and are capable of detecting objects within a range of 10 inches (25 cm) off the ground and below bumper level.
The system is activated when the Colorado is put into reverse gear and is traveling below 5 mph (8km/h). While backing up under these conditions, the driver is alerted to a potential impact via the vehicle’s driver information center (DIC, pictured below), which shows the location (left, right or center) for rear-detected objects close to the vehicle. The system also delivers a series of audible beeps depending on the distance of the vehicle and a detected object.
The instrument cluster displays an overhead silhouette of the truck with a series of bars, which bars illuminate and change color from yellow, to amber, and then ultimately to red along with shortening intervals of beeps to alert the driver to approaching objects or walls before any contact is made. The system is designed specifically for larger objects (other vehicles, walls, parking blocks, etc) and not for pedestrians or children.
And though it might be redundant to mention, it’s important to always check your mirrors, turn your head and maintain awareness of your surroundings while reversing.
On the 2019 Colorado, UltraSonic rear parking sensors are assigned GM RPO Code UD7. Availability varies by trim level.
- A – Available.
- N/A – Not Available.
- 1 – Requires WT Convenience Package and not available with (N8D) 6-Speed manual transmission.
- 2 – Requires WT Convenience Package.
- 3 – Included and only available with Safety Package.
However, all 2019 Colorado models feature a Rear Vision Camera (in either standard of high definition) as standard equipment, regardless of trim level.
Before you ask, the Colorado’s brother – the 2019 GMC Canyon – also gets the rear parking sensors described here, but we will cover that in a separate piece.
The GM Authority Take
Parking sensors have been a much-request feature since the launch of the second-generation Colorado for the 2015 model year, and we’re glad to see Chevy adding it. Though definitely useful and welcome, all Colorado models come with a standard rear view camera, and some might find the addition of the parking sensors at the rear somewhat redundant.
Where there isn’t a camera or sensors is at the front of the truck, so a set of front-mounted sensors would be just gravy. Here’s to hoping the incoming Colorado refresh – expected for the 2020 model year – delivers.