Chevy’s Colorado pickup truck offers three engine options at the moment. Still, as much as we like a 2.5-liter four gasoline with 200 horsepower and 191 lb-ft of torque and the topper that uses a 3.6-liter V-6 with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, our favorite model is powered by an oil-burner. Yes, the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado Diesel is the best possible mid-size pickup you can buy at the moment, and here is why:
2018 Chevrolet Colorado Diesel: Engine and Fuel Economy
Aside it’s significantly fuel-efficient from its gasoline-powered siblings the 2018 Chevy Colorado Diesel also offers significantly better abilities. It’s paired with a 2.8-liter turbodiesel inline-4 that’s making 181 hp and 369 pound-feet of torque. Believe it or no, by using this engine, the properly equipped Colorado features a towing capacity of 7,700 pounds.
It sounds even better when you found out that rear-drive turbodiesel option is rated at 22/30/25 mpg city/highway/combined, while the four-wheel drive system stops at 20/28/23 mpg. So far, the engine was exclusively paired with the Eaton N8D six-speed manual and 6L50 six-speed automatic transmissions, but from now on, the car manufacturer will offer an eight-speed automatic gearbox as well. Well, to be more precise, the new transmission won’t come right away, but it should be available early next year.
Suspension and Changes
Of course, the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado Diesel will continue to ride on a fully boxed frame and will use a special coil suspension for the front wheels and leaf springs for the rear axle. While every version gets a standard electric power steering, only the FWD model has four-wheel disc brakes with long-life rotors. This sound as a pretty simple design, but believe us, Chevy’s Colorado Diesel offers a far better handling from the most prominent competitors such as Toyota’s all-new Tacoma and the Nisan Frontier.
Chevrolet will boost both exterior and interior styling of the 2018 Chevy Colorado Diesel. However, the mid-size pickup truck will most likely feature just some cosmetic tweaks here and there without anything essentially different. Up front, the vehicle will get a restyled grille, as well as new HID or LED headlights. In addition, the manufacturer will likely bring a new special-edition model. Of course, the topper will ahve unique exterior details and a totally new color option.
Equipment and Trims
Don’t expect any miracle inside, as the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado Diesel is and will stay the “work truck”. As such, the vehicle doesn’t really need anything too fancy. Instead, you can expect to see a bit bigger touchscreen interface from today’s 4.2-inch screen. The manufacturer will add an updated version of 8.0-inch infotainment system and perhaps one more USB port. Standard rearview camera, locking tailgate, and tilt steering will stay a standard part of the truck. Still, in case you want more options, there are LT and Z71 trims. While the LT adds navigation, heated and leather seats, auto-dimming mirrors, and a Bose audio system, the Z71 features more off-road tools such as hill descent control, all-terrain tires, an automatic locking rear differential, and tow hooks.
Base Price and Arrival
In case you are not sure the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado Diesel is the right choice, you need to check out the price of the truck. Yes, the amazing oil-burner will start at around $21,000, which is a really good bargain. According to information we have, the refreshed mid-size pickup truck will be introduced late this year. However, don’t expect to see it in the showrooms before the next spring.