The enhanced pick-up truck is set to be on display at a roadshow at Mid Valley Megamall’s Centre Court from January 3 to 5, when the order books will open. Ahead of that, distributor Naza Quest has let loose a brochure which divulges some info on equipment and spec.
Three variants of the Chevrolet Colorado Muscle Edition are mentioned – all 4WD: 2.5 LT manual, 2.8 LT manual and 2.8 LTZ auto. The range-topping 2.8 LTZ auto gets the new second-gen Duramax diesel engine and Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system; the 2.5 LT and 2.8 LT retain their respective 150 hp/350 Nm and 180 hp/440 Nm outputs, but get a new six-speed manual gearbox (previously five speeds).
The instrument panel Driver Information Centre (standard across the range) has also been enhanced with two new ‘pages’ – ECO Index shows you how fuel efficient your driving is, while Statistics displays average fuel consumption for the last 50 km in the form of a bar graph.
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Equipped with a variable-geometry turbo, the new Duramax unit produces 193 hp at 3,600 rpm and 500 Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm (up from 180 hp at 3,800 rpm and 470 Nm at 2,000 rpm previously).
This propels the 2.8 LTZ auto to 100 km/h from rest in 10 seconds and onwards to a 180 km/h top speed. Payload capability is quoted at 1,025 kg. Transmission continues to be handled by a six-speed auto.
Only offered on the 2.8 LTZ auto, the MyLink system brings with it a touch-screen, Bluetooth, USB and steering wheel controls that include voice control. The 2.8 LTZ auto also exclusively gets new safety features – Hill Descent Control, Hill Start Assist and Trailer Sway Control. Everything else seems to continue as is, in terms of specs. The final question is – how much?