Just yesterday, GM Authority was the first to report that the Chevrolet Colorado diesel and GMC Canyon diesel were in danger of disappearing following the sale of GM’s production facilities in Rayong, Thailand. Now, we have another exclusive report on the two midsize pickups. With the introduction of the next-gen models in 2023 for the 2024 model year, the Colorado and Canyon will offer just one engine option, namely a turbocharged 2.7L inline four-cylinder gas unit.
The decision is based on a number of factors, but is primarily motivated by pressure to remove complexity and consolidate vehicle builds.
It’s currently unclear which turbocharged 2.7L inline four-cylinder gas engine will be offered with the next-gen Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. For now, General Motors offers the turbocharged 2.7L I-4 L3B engine with the 2019 and newer Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500, where it produces 310 horsepower and 348 pound-feet of torque.
While some may decry the move as limiting buyer options, the new 2.7L unit certainly has the potential to outperform the current Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon engine lineup. For example, the atmospheric 2.5L I-4 LCV is really only selected for its low price or fleet applications, and in general, buyers would much rather have the 3.6L V6 LGZ gas unit or the 2.8L I-4 LWN diesel.
Meanwhile, the new 2.7L unit headed to the next-gen Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon will likely strike a balance between fuel economy, power, and torque, as evidenced by the L3B offered in the Silverado and Sierra.
|Aspiration||Fuel||Horsepower @ RPM||Torque @ RPM|
|2.5L LCV||Atmospheric||Gasoline||200 @ 6300||191 @ 4400|
|3.6L LGZ||Atmospheric||Gasoline||308 @ 6800||275 @ 4000|
|2.8L LWN||Turbo||Diesel||181 @ 3400||369 @ 2000|
|2.7L L3B*||Turbo||Gasoline||310 @ 5600||348 @ 1500|
* Note: specs listed from Chevrolet Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500
As we can see, the L3B offers more power than the 3.6L LGZ gas unit and nearly as much torque as the 2.8L LWN diesel (at a lower engine rpm, as well). The new 2.7L is also expected to deliver better fuel economy than the three engines currently on offer. To note, the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon post a maximum of 22 mpg combined with the 2.5L gas engine, 2WD, and automatic six-speed, according to fueleconomy.gov. Fuel returns for the diesel are currently unavailable.
It’s also worth noting the much maligned eight-speed automatic, a transmission that has resulted in multiple lawsuits against GM, will not return with the next-gen Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon.
For now, the new 2.7L gas unit looks like a good fit for these next-gen trucks. After all, rival products like the new Ford Ranger only offer a single powertrain as well.
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