2017 model year Chevrolet Colorado comes with new V6 and eight-speed transmission image

The midsize pickup segment has been resuscitated with the arrival of the Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon duo, and the General Motors trucks continue to get even better.

While other automakers – Ford and FCA, namely – have abandoned the segment to the Japanese competition, it appears GM’s bet was a winning one. Many experts and buyers concluded the Chevrolet Colorado midsize pickup is a good option and now the company is delivering two crucial upgrades that will make it even more worthwhile. The truck will be made available with a more potent V6 and this new engine will be mated to a new eight-speed automatic. The V6 is of the 3.6-liters variety but now comes with 308 horsepower (230 kilowatts) and 275 pound-feet (373 Newton-meters), against the predecessor’s 305 hp (227 kW) and 269 lb-ft (365 Nm). There’s an improved variable valve timing on the intake and exhaust sides, a reworked direct-injection setup, and cylinder deactivation, allowing it to play around with just four cylinders.

The new eight-speed automatic should also bring major improvements thanks to a numerically higher first gear for improved acceleration and a numerically lower rear axle ratio that should better highway fuel economy. “Drivers will immediately notice that it pulls harder when accelerating from a stop or passing on the highway; it is more confident pulling a trailer up a steep grade and it is more refined cruising at a constant highway speed,” commented Stan Ludlow, Colorado chief engineer.