(Updated) LA Video: 2015 Chevrolet Colorado Debut – Quiet, Modern, and Capable

2015 chevrolet colorado z71 la auto show
We have more details on the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado coming from the 2013 LA Auto Show.  There are lot of exciting bits of information about this new midsize truck, but we have to take it and bottle it up for a year or two.  The 2015 Colorado will launch with two engines, two cab configurations, and two bed lengths in the fall of 2014.  Great news is that a four-cylinder Duramax diesel engine will be available as well!  The not so great news is that we will need to wait until early 2016 to see the 2.8-liter VM Motori sourced turbo diesel.

The 2015 Colorado will launch with a 2.5-liter I4 and 3.6-liter V6 gasoline engines that have been tuned for truck duty, but still need to be revved high.  The red pickup you see here is the Crew Cab 4×4 Z71.  It has a 5’2” bed.  There will also be an extended cab model with a 6’2” bed, and two-wheel-drive available as well.  There will be a simple WT working truck model, as well as the LT trim.  Crew Cab will be available with the longer 6’2” bed as well.

colorado chevy 3.6-liter v6


Gasoline engine specifications appear more car-like with high revs and more horsepower than torque.  The V6 can be wound to nearly 7,000 rpm!  Wow!  It’s not clear why Chevy did not use the 4.3-liter EcoTec3 V6 from the Silverado for Colorado duty.  Perhaps, the new midsize pickup customer is looking for a more car-like experience?

Type Power Torque
2.5-liter I4 195 hp @ 6,300 rpm 184 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm
3.6-liter V6 302 hp @ 6,950 rpm 270 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm
2.8-liter I4  *unofficial 180 hp *unofficial 350 lb-ft

Both gasoline engines run on regular unleaded.  Premium fuel is not required.  A 6-speed automatic transmission is the only transmission specified.  There are rumors of a manual, but no official word on this.


Capacity / Capability:

Chevy lists 6,700 lbs as the maximum towing rating for the 2015 Colorado.  That is a lot of weight and a bit higher than the current Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier.  Chevrolet did not yet specify the GVWR or the payload capacities.  However, we do know that the truck is using independent front coil-over suspension, and a solid rear axle with leaf springs and an available G80 automatic locker.  This truck is a fraction of an inch narrower, but a few inches longer overall than the Tacoma.

  Curb (2WD) Width Length
Ext. Cab – Long Box 3,959 lbs 73.2 in 208.2 in
Crew Cab – Short Box 4,037 lbs 74.3 in 212.6 in
Crew Cab – Long Box 4,266 lbs 74.3 in 224.5 in

2015 chevrolet colorado interior dash


GM is taking the midsize truck interior to a whole new level with this truck.  It shares a lot of components with the 2014 Silverado, and fit and finish is much nicer than in previous generations.  We cannot wait to test drive this truck and put it to the extreme Ike Gauntlet towing test.

Check out this insider TFLtruck video of the LA Auto Show reveal of the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado: