The word is officially out on the 2015 Colorado, the latest addition to Chevy’s pickup truck line.
This “new” truck is actually a reincarnation. It had its first life as a rather unimpressive pickup made initially for the foreign markets.
Chevrolet, however, hastened to assure the good people of America that a U.S. version was around the corner.
It needn’t have bothered, since people were not exactly enchanted by the Colorado in general. It had weak powertrains and a hard, cheap looking interior. The would-be customers for this vehicle ended up going to Japanese manufacturers instead, or simply skipping the Colorado in favor of the Silverado.
The new Colorado is a different story. Just like the awkward teenage boy or girl who blossoms into a sharp looking young man or beautiful young woman, the Colorado has matured. As the initial peeks and the official unveiling of the truck at the LA auto show have proven, this is a mid-sized truck to get excited about, if that kind of vehicle is what somebody is in the market for.
The truck is muscular and fit looking. Though the specifics of the interior must remain something of a mystery until the truck’s actual release, the inside looks greatly improved over the 2012 model. The base engine in this truck is a 2.5-liter, four cylinder that puts out 193 horsepower and 184 foot pounds of torque. Chevy says that peak torque will be reached in the range between 2,000 and 6,000 rpm. There will also be an option to upgrade to a 3.6-liter V6 engine producing 302 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque.
According to the Chevy experts we spoke to at Lynch Chevy Kenosha, the Chevy Colorado has three trim levels: the WT, the LT, and the Z71. These trim levels will all have different pricing, as is usually the case, but specific cost information is not available yet. These first glimpses are tantalizing. This is a sporty midsize truck that those in the market for a more moderately sized and priced pickup truck should definitely consider.