The second-generation Chevrolet Colorado launched in the U.S. for the 2015 model year, offering customers either a standard four-cylinder engine or an available six-cylinder engine. However, since the second-gen model’s release, enthusiasts have been clamoring for a high-performance version. Well, we heard ‘ya, so we decided to render our very own Chevrolet Colorado SS.
Before we dive into this, it’s worth mentioning that General Motors currently has no plans to actually build a Chevrolet Colorado SS model. But hey – we can dream, can’t we?
With that covered, let’s take a took at the rendering.
Draped in black paint and sporting a number of black accents, our Chevrolet Colorado SS rendering looks sinister. The front end gains a unique SS-style grille insert with a black Bow Tie badge, black crossbar, and red SS badging, while additional SS badging was added to the front doors in white. The wheels are large alloys that fill the squared-off fenders with purpose, and the pickup is lowered to give it the appropriate stance. There’s also a black air dam up front that enhances the aero, plus a slim horizontal intake for the hood.
Meanwhile, the rear end of our Chevrolet Colorado SS shows off with clear-lens tail lamps and new inner graphics. Additional SS badging is added to the tailgate, and there’s a set of quad exhaust pipes integrated with the body-colored lower bumper. Another black Bow Tie badge on the tailgate finishes it off.
As a reminder, the current Chevrolet Colorado’s most-powerful engine option is the atmospheric 3.6L V6 LGZ, which doles out 308 horsepower at 6,800 rom and 275 pound-feet of torque a 4,000 rpm. Buyers can also get the atmospheric 2.5L I-4 LCV, which produces 200 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque, or the turbodiesel 2.8L I-4 LWN, which produces 181 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque.
2019 Chevrolet Colorado Powertrain Summary
|Brand||Model||RPO Code||Displacement (L / ci)||Layout & Cylinders||Valvetrain||Aspiration||Compression Ratio||Bore & Stroke (in / mm)||Fuel||Fuel Delivery||Valve Lifters||Engine Block Material||Cylinder Head Material||Wheel Drive||Transmission||Axles (Final Drive Ratio)||Power (hp / kW @ RPM)||Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ RPM)||Fuel Economy 2WD (City / Hwy)||Fuel Economy 4WD (City / Hwy)|
|Chevrolet||Colorado||LCV||2.5L / 152.5||I-4||DOHC, four valves per cylinder, CVVT||Atmospheric||11.3:1||3.46 x 3.97 / 88 x 101||Gasoline||High-pressure direct fuel injection with electronic throttle control||Hydraulic roller finger follower||Cast aluminum||Cast aluminum||2WD / 4WD||6-speed manual (N8D) or 6-speed automatic (MYB)||4.10||200 / 149 @ 6300||191 / 259 @ 4400||20 / 26||19 / 24|
|Chevrolet||Colorado||LGZ||3.6L / 219.7||V-6||DOHC, four valves per cylinder, CVVT||Atmospheric||11.5:1||3.7 x 3.37 / 94 x 85.6||Gasoline||High-pressure direct fuel injection with electronic throttle control||Hydraulic roller||Cast aluminum||Cast aluminum||2WD / 4WD||8-speed automatic (M5T)||3.42||308 / 230 @ 6800||275 / 373 @ 4000||18 / 25||17 / 24|
|Chevrolet||Colorado||LWN||2.8L / 170.8||I-4||DOHC, four valves per cylinder||Turbocharger||16.5:1||3.7 x 3.94 / 94 x 100||Diesel||Common rail direct fuel injection||Hydraulic roller||Grey cast iron||Cast aluminum||2WD / 4WD||6-speed automatic (MYB)||3.42||181 / 135 @ 3400||369 / 500 @ 2000||22 / 30||20 / 28|
As for possible engine options in our Chevrolet Colorado SS, a Small Block V8 from the Silverado 1500 would fit nicely, either with the 5.3L V8 L83/L84 (355 horsepower, 383 pound-feet of torque), or the 6.2L V8 L86/L87 (420 horsepower, 450 pound-feet of torque).
To note, the second-gen Colorado is poised to receive it’s biggest update for the 2021 model year, including a revised front fascia, new rear tailgate lettering, new standard equipment, and new packages. The current Colorado will be replaced with an all-new model around 2023, riding on an updated version of the current GMT31XX platform called 31XX-2.