New Details on Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon Diesels

July 2015 Duramax, News Trevor Mason Web Exclusive

It sounds like we'll be getting the light truck variants Chevy and GMC's lines pretty soon. Plus, now we know (roughly) how much they're going to impact your pocketbook. The Colorado and Canyon already come in 200-hp 2.5-liter inline-four and 305-hp 3.6-liter V6 versions, and now they're adding a Duramax-driven 2.8-liter turbo-diesel inline-four that makes 181 horsepower at 3400 rpm and 369 lb-ft of torque at 2000 rpm. Not bad for a little guy!

At present, you can only get it on a crew cab, but you can choose either 2- or 4-wheel drive. Their trailer package (hitch receiver, seven-pin connector, and a diesel-only trailer-brake controller) comes standard, as does a locking 3.42:1 rear differential and a driver-switchable exhaust brake.

So, how much is that going to cost? The base price for the Chevy is $33,520 and $34,875 for the GMC. Those prices include mandatory safety (forward-collision and lane-departure alerts) and convenience (rear-window defroster with sliding glass, fog lamps, remote start, damped tailgate) packages that run $395 and $690, respectively. These overall prices are for the LT and SLE 4×2 short-bed models.

Neither EPA fuel-economy numbers nor payload capacity have been announced yet, though it's expected to average at least 30 MPG on the highway and increase payload by about 200 pounds. The 4X2 variant can tow 700 pounds more than the gas V6 and the 4X4 can do about 600 pounds more.

Finally, both models will have Apple's CarPlay system built-in, which lets you pair your iPhone to the truck's onboard nav and entertainment system (Android Auto will arrive sometime next year). One final bonus is a new multicolor LCD on the instrument panel for the LT and Z71 models.

(H/T Car & Driver,

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