The new 2012 Chevrolet Colorado midsized pickup was unveiled to the world. It will be available in more than 60 markets.
According to GM, this new pickup vehicle was made after a five-year, $2 billion vehicle program developed across five continents.
Customers around the world will have to choose from 26 combinations of Colorado models, powertrains, cabins, and ride heights when the range goes on sale this month.
The automaker has yet to release the full details on the new Colorado, but what’s to be had for now is what you’ll find below.
Powertrain and transmissions
Two new Duramax turbo-diesel engines across three specification levels will be available at the beginning – the 2.5-liter rated at 150 horsepower (110 kW) and 258 lb.-ft. of torque (350 Nm), and the 2.8-liter engine rated at 180 horsepower (132 kW) and 346 lb.-ft. of torque (470 Nm). The 2.8-liter engine will come with a variable-geometry turbocharger for optimal power and efficiency.
Both these two engines are made at GM Thailand’s newly opened $200 million engine plant. Fuel consumption figures have yet to be released. No petrol engines have been announced.
Moving to transmissions, the 2012 Colorado will feature three type of transmissions: a standard five-speed manual transmission, a Hydra-Matic six-speed automatic transmission with automatic gear selection via a toggle switch on the shift head and at last a new two-speed, electronically actuated transmission. The last one will come on four-wheel-drive-equipped vehicles.
Included in the 2012 Colorado range are features such as electronic stability control, hydraulic brake assist, anti-lock braking system featuring electronic brake force distribution, traction control, cornering brake control and driver and occupant front air bags.
It will come in trim grades: entry-level LS, mid-range LT and the top-spec LTZ. For the first time, the Colorado offers LED-illuminated tail lamps on high-level models. According to the designers, the interior of the all-new Colorado combines car-like characteristics with the boldness expected of a pickup.
Convenience features like auxiliary power, auxiliary plugs and USB connectivity are standard across the range.