Although Chevy is yet to announce more details concerning the newly updated 2017 Colorado, shoppers should expect more technology, more efficiency, better interior materials, and an updated styling into the midsize truck package. According to Marcos Purty, the Managing Director of GM and Chevrolet Sales Thailand, the new model shouldn’t just be viewed as just another pickup. It is as powerful and tough as a truck yet manages to rope in enough refinement and comforts for the urban environment, and has been developed to respond to specific market requirements. Its USA release date is still a long shot for now, but rumors point to a possible debut later this year.
The front fascia has been refreshed with newer features. The most notable one are the headlights, which come with standard LED technology. In overall, the design is unique, confident, and possesses a sporty demeanor. The interior, on the other hand, has been designed for work, recreation, and everyday comfort. Premium appointments, and exceptional attention to details make the cabin a comfort haven even during serious performance.
For 2017, diesel followers have something to get thrilled about: an updated four-cylinder turbodiesel Duramax engine available for both the Colorado LT and Colorado Z71 trim models. Although the engine is all-new for the USA market, the engine has already been honed, and matured in other markets where it has been in use for a couple of years. The new engine comes paired to either a six-speed automatic or a six-speed manual transmission system.
2017 Chevrolet Colorado Release Date & Price Estimates
It is too early to speculate about the price of the new model, as Chevy is yet to offer any indications. Given the slight improvements and a new Duramax engine offer, we’d expect the price tag of the existing model to increase a bit from the current $33,000 MSRP. So, buyers should expect roughly around $35,000 price sticker. Rumors of its release date allege the new 2017 Colorado will most likely go for sale sometime in mid-2017.
2017 Chevrolet Colorado Exterior
The exterior design has been designed with a zeal for adventure. It is unique, confident, and features a sporty demeanor. As is evidenced by the spy pictures, the new model, just like its immediate predecessor will come in two body styles: extended cab, and crew cab.
The dimensions, colors, and the overall design of the new pickup truck remain unchanged over the previous models. Some of the exterior features to expect include 16-inch steel wheels, daytime running lights, automatic headlights, EZ-Lift tailgate, 17-inch alloy wheels, illuminated visor mirrors, foglights, and distinctive LED daytime running lights.
2017 Chevrolet Colorado Interior
The new model blends cues from the Silverado with a style of its own. It is cleverly equipped, and is designed to be comfortable even in the rigors of serious work. As can be seen from the pics, the Chevrolet Colorado’s interior is well-laid out with the controls and readouts generally well-placed and intuitive. The infotainment system is intuitive and features crisp graphics. We particularly love the extra capabilities the MyLink system offered such as the voice command system and the Apple CarPlay compatibility functions.
The seats are comfortable even for taller occupants. In fact, the head- and legroom are comparatively better than Tacoma’s. Some of the standard accessories available include a rearview camera, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, auxiliary audio jack, USB connectivity, an updated 4.2-inch color display, and power-adjustable power side mirrors.
Four trims should be available for the new 2017 Chevrolet Colorado: Base, Work Truck, Z71, and LT. The Colorado ZR2 review is offered separately.
A new Duramax four banger gets an output rated at 180 hp @3,600 rpm and 325 lbs. ft. of torque @2,000 rpm, thanks to a Variable Geometry Turbocharger. Contrast that to the existing optional turbocharged 2.8L four-cylinder diesel engine which provides 181 horsepower and 369 pounds-feet of torque, and it becomes evident that the new model gets slightly reduced outputs. Unlike before however, the new model gets improved efficiency figures, quieter cabin, and a rigid chassis. 23 mpg is the estimated fuel efficiency for combined city/highway consumption.
Maximum towing capacity is rated at 7,700 pounds, while payload remains unchanged at 1,508 pounds for the diesel powertrain.
Other engines such as the 2.5L four-cylinder, and the 3.6L V6 might also be offered. Specs will however be known in the following months or sometime closer to its official debut.
Wheelbase: 10 ft. 8.3 in. (128.3 in.)
Length: 17 ft. 8.7 in. (212.7 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 2.3 in. (74.3 in.)
Passenger volume: 107 ft³
Cargo volume: 41 ft³
Curb weight: 4855 lb
Top Speed: 100 mph
0-60: 9.2 sec
MPG: 20/29 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Red Hot, Brownstone Metallic, Rainforest Green Metallic, Cyber Gray Metallic, Red Rock Metallic, Silver Ice Metallic, Black, Laser Blue and Summit White
Towing Capacity: 7,700 lbs
Safety features remain a mystery for now. But given its level of competition – 2016 Toyota Tacoma, Nissan Frontier, and the Ram 1500 – it is highly likely that the new model will get upscale features. NHTSA rates the existing model’s crash impact safety at four stars.