Worldwide, the Chevrolet introduced the first-generation Colorado in 2004. The pick-up was initially produced to replace the Chevrolet S-10. The current generation has been the model out in the market since 2012. It was first shown at the Bangkok Motor Show in 2011 and was brought to the Philippines soon after.
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Chevrolet derived the style of Colorado from its American-truck DNA. It features a new mid-sized design with masculine yet refined lines. Its strong proportions and defined details enhance the pick-up’s dominating character which further reflects its off-road performance.
Second-generation Colorado comes with a redesigned fascia that is decked with a refreshed grille, hood, and automatic on-off halogen multi-focal reflector headlamps with LED daytime running lights.
Likewise, tail lamps are equipped with LED’s which adds to the sleek style of the Colorado. Top range variants ride on 18-inch Gunmetal Rims while base to mid-range variants come with 16-inch alloys.
Its tough exterior is paired with a refined interior as car-like elements have been introduced in this Chevrolet pick-up model. It boasts of a spacious cabin clad in soft-touch, durable materials. Seats and the steering wheel are upholstered in leather with accents of red stitching for all variants except the entry-level variant which is clad in urethane fabric.
To create more cargo space, the rear seats can be folded at 60/40. Driver’s seats are also equipped with 6-way power adjustment while the front passenger’s seat comes with a 4-way adjustment system.
Technology & Safety Features
Chevrolet equipped all variants of the Colorado with remote keyless entry while the top of the line variant also has a remote engine start feature. Top range variants also have front and rear parking sensors, reversing camera, anti-lock braking system, brake assist, electronic stability control, and trailer sway control which are features beneficial to have in a large, heavy-duty vehicle.
It is also equipped with a redesigned center console that features either an 8-inch or 7-inch touchscreen display, depending on the variant. The touchscreen display is connected to the latest Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system. The system enables seamless connectivity to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Platform & Chassis
The Chevrolet Colorado rides on a GMT 31XX platform by General Motors. It shares the same chassis of the Trailblazer, another best-selling vehicle of the brand. Front suspension is independent, double-wishbone with coil spring and gas shock absorbers while the rear has axle suspension with leaf spring. Front brakes are vented disc brakes matched with rear drum brakes.
Engine layout depends on the variant which could either be a rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, although both have front engines. Powertrain options of the Chevrolet Colorado start with the 2.5L 4x2 base variant which is powerful enough to accomplish heavy tasks.
Engine & Drivetrain
There are two engine options for the Colorado, depending on the variant. These are the 2.5L Duramax I4 Turbo Diesel and the 2.8L Duramax I4 Turbo Diesel. The former can produce a power output of 163 hp and 380 Nm of torque while the bigger engine generates 200 hp and 500 Nm of torque. These are attached to either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. All of these are mated with a light steering which makes the pick-up truck easy to maneuver and cruise with on the highway.