The Colorado is not a new name for the North American market where it has been offered for a very long time. However, the current model of the truck has only been released here for the 2015MY meaning that it is one of the newer vehicles out there. Because of that, many people did not expect any major changes to be made to the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado, but it seems that GM wants their light trucks to become the very best out there.
The 2017 model will include not only the addition of an entirely new trim level, but it may also get new engines and a heavier duty running gear. There will be quite a few surprises and diesel unit is certainly one of the things that come as the biggest change here.
The release date for this new truck has been set for the next Detroit Auto Show when it will be released alongside its close sibling, the Canyon. The price for a base model should remain identical to the current truck, meaning that it will start at roughly $21,000. However, for a decently upgraded version with a nice and fuel efficient diesel engine, buyers will likely have to pay closer to $30,000. The new ZR2 trim level should cost next to $35,000 pushing this truck far into the mid-size truck segment. While this may seem like quite a lot, it actually is right the average of its class.
2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2
Let’s start the preview with the exterior of the new 2017 Chevrolet Colorado. While many of us still expect an entirely new design, we have settled that the new model will likely feature little to no modifications at all over the current model. Instead, we expect the all new ZR2 trim level, which has been showcased as a concept truck while ago, to offer a lot of goodies for the price.
Tougher and more capable version will likely come fitted with heavier duty fox shocks and new springs, an upgraded braking system as well as new wheels and tires. Also, in order to accommodate the larger tires, the ZR2 should come with wider fenders and to differentiate itself from the rest, it should also feature a new grille with a pair of refreshed headlights.
Inside the cabin, the base Colorado and its higher end versions should only receive GM’s latest infotainment and navigation system. On the other hand, the ZR2 model is expected to feature sportier seats with contrasting stitching, a new instrument cluster as well as more rugged materials on the dashboard, door covers, and seats to allow the driver to clean it more easily.
Engine wise, the currently available trio of engines will be carried over pretty much unchanged to the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado. The base model will be the 2.5-liter naturally aspirated I4, which will provide up to 200 horsepower and 191 lb-ft of torque. Further up the range, the 3.6-liter V6 with 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque will be offered, an engine which continues to be the most powerful in its class.
The top of the line model and the most expensive engine option will remain the 2.8-liter turbocharged diesel which has been introduced at the end of 2015. This particular unit will only provide 181 horsepower but a very impressive 369 lb-ft of torque which will allow the Colorado to tow just as much as some medium-sized truck.
Rumors also suggest that the upcoming Colorado will receive turbocharged petrol offering to meet the demands for those looking to get a cheap to run petrol powered truck. This new engine is expected to be a 2.0-liter inline four that could offer up to 240 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque, right between the two current petrol engine but with a similar, or better fuel consumption, than the 2.5-liter naturally aspirated inline four base unit.
Overall impression of the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado is that it will be one of the best choices in the light truck segment, especially when we factor in new features and options that will be delivered. Affordable price and availability of fuel efficient diesel unit certainly are the things that will allow this work mule to be one of the leaders on the market. We certainly recommend this vehicle but strongly advise you to check out its specs to see if it will fit your needs or you need to opt for a mid or full-size truck.