GM has given its Chevrolet Colorado pickup and Colorado 7 SUV an update for 2014 – the refreshed models have been introduced in Australia, where the models are sold under the Holden brand name (the Colorado 7 is the Chevrolet Trailblazer).
Primary changes include the introduction of the new second-generation MY14 Duramax four-cylinder turbodiesel engine – which was announced earlier in the month – on the Colorado models. Known as the Duramax 2, the mill makes its debut on the Colorado pickup in Australia, ahead of Thailand.
Other revisions include a new six-speed manual gearbox, an all-new app-enabled infotainment system and increased safety kit – it looks as if all the changes are under the skin.
In Australia, the entire Colorado (Crew Cab, Space Cab and Single Cab) and Colorado 7 range is equipped with the 2.8 litre version of the Duramax 2, which offers 200 PS (or 197 hp) and 500 Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm, this with the six-speed automatic transmission in place. With the six-speed manual, horsepower remains the same, but the torque output is 440 Nm, available from a 1,600 to 2,800 rpm range.
Aside from the new six-speed manual, revisions to the auto transmission have also been made, the improved calibration now including shift stabilisation in uphill and downhill modes as well as grade braking control to prevent unnecessary shifting between gears when travelling uphill.
The entire Colorado and Colorado 7 range now features Trailer Sway Control and Hill Start Assist as well as a Descent Control System, with only the Colorado DX not getting the latter.
Elsewhere, the standard driver and front passenger airbags and full length curtain airbags now add front side impact airbags to the bag complement, as well as Rear Park Assist and a rear camera to all Colorado 7 models and the Colorado LTZ.
Infotainment-wise, MyLink is new to the fold – the seven-inch colour touchscreen system offers Bluetooth connectivity as well as embedded apps such as Pandora, Stitcher and TuneIn that allow users to create their own personal stations, stream their favourite podcasts, radio shows and news. There’s also a BringGo navigation app and Siri Eyes Free Mode for Apple iPhone users.