The 2016 Colorado Diesel features one of the best power plants in the market, the Duramax, giving it the required strength to do the job. Chevrolet has made a home run here. In terms of efficiency, it is okay, while the work capacities are beyond expectations. With an impressive towing capacity, even higher than gasoline-powered models, this truck is beating other companies’ numbers in terms of sales and accolades.
As a work truck isn’t about beauty. But the 2016 Colorado Diesel, as other variants of this upcoming year’s Colorado, features a really amazing design, characterized by strong lines and sporty feeling. Black is everywhere, following the modern trend of almost every cool car in the market.
Let’s see more features about the 2016 Colorado Diesel.
The 2016 Colorado Diesel packs a turbocharged intercooled DOHC 16-valve diesel 2.8 L inline-4. This piece of engineering is capable of generating 181 horsepower at 3400 RPM and 396 lb-ft of maximum torque at 2000 RPM. In terms of transmission, this truck features a 6-speed automatic 6L50 gearbox with manual shifting. The result of this setup is 10.2 seconds to go from zero to 60 mph (100 km/h) and a top speed of 99 mph (159 km/h).
With these numbers, the truck may be seen as a slow one. The reality is that it is. The 2016 Colorado Diesel isn’t a vehicle for speed lovers. Instead, it has another use, which is clearer. The Duramax diesel power plant allows this truck to show up an impressive towing capacity beyond the 7000 lb (3175 kg) mark, established by the gasoline-powered model.
While the entire truck has a curb weight around 4550 lb (2064 kg) and 4880 lb (2214 kg), mainly depending on the configuration, the Duramax diesel setup will weight approximately 450 lb (204 kg) more than the gasoline inline-4 version. No major problems are related to this fact.
The integrated exhaust brake is a highly interesting feature present in this model. This denominated brake uses the exhaust pressure generated by the engine and works as that, a brake. This lightens the brake discs’ duties in some scenarios, like driving downhill.
As one last fact of the Duramax engine onboard, fuel economy is estimated at 21 mpg for the city and 30 mpg for the highway. This estimate looks more than benefiting for the truck.
Bold Design and Convenience
Despite being a work truck, the 2016 Colorado Diesel make really good efforts trying to make the passenger comfortable all time. Before talking about this, we need to dedicate a few words to the design, which is appealing. The colossal front fascia is imposing and intimidating. The mere design tells about its strength and toughness.
Huge headlights are there, in case if you need to light up an entire baseball camp. The rear end’s design makes a clear statement about its main use while is kind of ordinary. 17-inch alloy wheels come standard for the LT and ZL1 trims, wrapped with 255/65S in both front and rear.
In the interior, we feel the Chevrolet’s effort in terms of noise isolation. In the case of the 2016 Colorado Diesel, they don’t want the passengers to be bothered by any vibration or annoying noises coming from the power plant. In this matter, we also have a 6-speaker sound setup as standard.
The telescoping steering wheel is exclusive for the two most expensive trims, as many other interesting features in terms of comfort. The same for the remote keyless entry. MyLink infotainment system onboard offers extended connectivity through Apple CarPlay. Safety technologies as the ESC, panic alarm, traction control, and many other are standard for most trims.
The Bottom Line for the Colorado Diesel Model
Regarding the availability of the Duramax diesel engine on Colorado trims, only the Crew Cab LT, and the Z71 will enjoy it. LT trim starts at US$25.620 and the Z71 at US$28.155.
The modernized Chevrolet’s spirit can be felt within this model. Among all the available technologies and the highly appealing form, this is one of the best trucks available in its segment.