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.