The Environmental Protection Agency estimates 31 mpg highway fuel economy for the new Chevrolet Colorado Duramax turbo-diesel, thus becoming the most fuel efficient pickup in the US.
Diesel is still in power when it comes to fuel efficiency, despite Volkswagen’s scandal who dented the reputation of such engines. The Environmental Protection Agency EPA (has) issued a Certificate of Conformity for the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Duramax diesel, estimating a 31 mpg highway fuel economy for the two-wheel drive version, while the four-wheel one is recording 29 mpg. That means that it can travel on highways as far as 651 miles with a single tank with 2WD Colorado’s 21-gallon fuel tank. When it goes through the cities, the Chevy pickup averages a 22 mpg, with a 25 mpg combined. The 4WD model offers an EPA estimated 20 mpg city and 23 mpg combined. According to the US EPA, the same fuel efficiency was also achieved by Colorado’s sibling, the GMC Canyon Diesel.
The new Chevrolet Colorado Duramax has a new 2.8 litre Duramax turbo-diesel engine generating 181 horsepower (135 kW) and 369 lb-ft of torque (500 Nm). It is paired with the Hydra-Matic 6L50 six-speed automatic transmission, which uses a Centrifugal Pendulum Vibration Absorber in the torque converter to reduce powertrain noise and vibration. The Colorado diesel goes on sale this fall, offered in the LT and Z71 Crew Cab models, with 2WD or 4WD. Pricing for the diesel engine option is $3,730 more than a comparably equipped 3.6-litre V6 model.