2016 Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon get updated image

General Motors has recently announced a series of updates for the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon in the 2016 model year.

If you are hoping for some visual tweaks made to the exterior design or to the cabin of the two vehicles, you will be disappointed because the car manufacturer has introduced a new Duramax engine, with 2.8 liters in displacement. The turbo diesel has common-rail direct injection fuel system and it has forged steel crankshaft and connecting rods, aluminum DOHC cylinder head, iron cylinder block and it is said to be compatible with B20 bio-diesel.

“Simply put, there’s no other midsize truck that can do what Colorado can with its all-new Duramax diesel,” said Sandor Piszar, director of Chevrolet Truck Marketing. “Along with greater capability and efficiency, it expands the Colorado lineup to give customers more choices and the capability of exploring more possibilities on and off the road.”

The new 2.8 liter turbo diesel engine is capable of producing a total output of 181 HP (135 kW), at 3,400 rpm, and it has a peak torque of 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) available from 2,000 rpm. Power is being sent to the wheels through a 6-speed automatic transmission and it is enabling both vehicles to offer a trailering capacity of up to 3,492 kg for 2WD versions and 3,447 kg for 4WD variants. The new Duramax is going to be offered starting this fall and it will become available on the LT and Z71 Crew Cab models, along with the Canyon SLE and SLT Crew Cab versions, in both 2WD and 4WD options.