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GM has launched the 2014 Chevrolet Colorado pick-up truck at the ongoing 2013 Thai Motor Expo. The updated Colorado features a more powerful engine, Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system and other technical and aesthetic upgrades. It was recently introduced in Australia.

The new engine is question is the Duramax 2. The 2.8L variant now produces 200 hp at 3,600 rpm and 500 Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm. That’s the same power as the 3.2L five-cylinder Ranger Wildtrak and 30 Nm more than the Ford, so it will lead the class when it reaches Malaysia. The old engine did 180 hp and 470 Nm.

Equivalent to 178 Nm per litre, the new engine will not only improve the Colorado’s acceleration and linear performance, it will also enhance the vehicle’s towing and payload capacity. Also improved is the 2.5L variant, which now produces 163 hp and 380 Nm, up from 150 hp/350 Nm.

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Several parts were upgraded, with the main points being the high-pressure commonrail, a water-cooled variable-geometry turbocharger, an electrical EGR valve and a new composite intake manifold, among other things Both 2.5L and 2.8L variants are Euro 4 compliant and can be upgraded to meet Euro 5, 6 and US emission standards if necessary.

New six-speed manual transmissions will be fitted to both 2.5 and 2.8L variants. They feature retuned ratios to take advantage of the new Duramax’s extra grunt. Automatic variants retain the proven Hydra-Matic six-speed self-shifter.

Inside, you’ll find Chevrolet’s latest MyLink infotainment system. Thailand’s top-of-the-range Colorado LTZ1 is now equipped with MyLink that has a seven-inch screen and integrated navigation. The system is capable of displaying album artwork, videos and images, and comes with a nine-speaker sound system, DVD-movie capability and an USB/AUX port.

The LTZ gets another variant of MyLink that features smartphone connectivity and streaming audio. The touch screen displays options such as audio, pictures and movies, telephone, smartphone link and settings. Users can access personal playlists and make hands-free voice calls, amongst other functions.

The smartphone link function allows the use of Stitcher and TuneIn, which provides the driver access to over 70,000 internet radio stations worldwide.

The new Colorado also features an enhanced Display Information Cluster (DIC) – a backlit LCD panel in the instrument panel. It now comes with an ‘ECO Index Page’ that shows you how fuel efficient you have been, or not. If the driver is driving economically, a leaf will be shown. There’s also a Statistics Page, which highlights the average fuel consumption for the last 50 km in a bar graph. Lastly, there’s a Park-Assist System with sensors built into the rear bumper.

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In the Land of Smiles, the Colorado range comes with a wide choice of two engines across three spec levels, with single, extended and crew-cab (double-cab) bodies in high- and low-stance configuration, as well as 2WD/4WD. Prices start from 570,000 baht (RM57k) for the 2.5L 2WD S-Cab to 998,000 baht (RM100k) for the 2.8L 4WD C-Cab AT LTZ Z71. Orange Rock is a new colour, as seen here.

The Chevrolet Colorado was launched here in March 2012. Click here to read our review.