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Here are pics of the Malaysian-spec 2016 Chevrolet Colorado on the road, courtesy of reader V.Mohan who noticed the two pick-up trucks parked at the Temerloh R&R area along the Lebuhraya Pantai Timur. Very few would have missed the trade plated duo really – there aren’t many trucks clad in Pull Me Over Red. Yes, that’s the colour’s official name.

While the second-gen facelifted Colorado has not yet been officially launched here, Naza Quest opened order books for the truck yesterday, after previewing it last month. GM’s rival to the Toyota Hilux, Ford Ranger, Mitsubishi Triton and Nissan NP300 Navara made its ASEAN debut in Thailand in April.

With an introductory selling price from RM95,000 (not including road tax and insurance), the 2016 Colorado will be available in three engine guises and in five different variant forms. The engine range starts with a 2.5L Duramax fixed geometry turbocharger (FGT) unit with output remaining at 161 hp and 380 Nm. The unit is paired with a six-speed manual transmission.

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The second engine, new to our market, is an upgraded 2.5 litre Duramax four-cylinder turbodiesel that has been reworked to offer better performance, fuel economy and lower emissions. In terms of output, the variable geometry turbo (VGT) Euro 4 unit is good for 177 hp at 3,600 rpm and 440 Nm at 2,000 rpm. The third motor is the familiar 2.8 litre Duramax, which continues to offer 193 hp and 500 Nm, but now with minor tweaks to enhance NVH.

Inside, the cabin gets a new-look dash and a redesigned centre console, along with a new instrument panel and fresh seat trim, with more soft-touch materials for trim to be found. Highlights include an eight-inch colour touchscreen and a MyLink infotainment system incorporating Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Plenty of kit, with auto climate control, LED DRLs, a reverse camera, front/rear parking sensors and a remote engine-start function to be found on higher-spec variants. The latter allows the engine to be started using the key fob, allowing the cabin to be cooled sufficiently before occupants get into the vehicle.

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There’s electric power steering, which helps create a more responsive steering feel, as well as a comfort closing window function. With the latter, the front windows automatically drop a fraction when the doors are opened to facilitate an easier and quieter door closing process by reducing resistance and noise.

Safety kit includes traction control, ESC and dual front/driver’s knee airbags, and the higher-spec configuration models here will be equipped with lane departure warning, frontal collision alert and a tyre pressure monitoring system.

Sound good, but my hunch is those who will consider the refreshed Colorado will do so because of the Chevy’s handsome new face. Very macho. Besides Pull Me Over Red, the other colours are Summit White, Switchblade Silver and Black Meet Kettle (no joke). Another new colour is Blue Mountain.

The Colorado comes with a five-year/200,000 km manufacturer warranty. The first 100 customers for the facelifted truck will be entitled to complimentary three years’ worth of parts and labour services.


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