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We’re at the media drive for the new facelifted Chevrolet Colorado, where official distributor Naza Quest has revealed full specifications and equipment of the refreshed pick-up truck. Now open for booking, it will be launched next week, October 18, at a starting price of RM95,000 on-the-road without insurance.

Available in five variants, 2.5 LT manual, 2.5 LT auto, 2.5 LTZ auto, 2.8 LTZ auto and 2.8 High Country auto, the Colorado has received numerous updates, including a new front fascia design with a redesigned dual-port grille taking centre stage. New headlights (with tube-type LED daytime running lights) and a revised front bumper design have also been fitted.

The biggest changes can be found inside – completely new dashboard and door trims take inspiration from the US-market Colorado with a more horizontal arrangement, while the cabin features new soft-touch plastics as well. There’s also a revised instrument cluster with a new multi-info display showing a digital speedometer, maintenance intervals and oil life cycles. A new comfort closing feature drops the front windows slightly when the doors are opened to facilitate easier and quieter door closing by reducing resistance and noise.

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Power comes from new second-generation Duramax diesel engines, including a 2.5 litre turbo (with or without a variable-geometry turbocharger, the latter on the 2.5 LT auto and LTZ). The base engine produces 163 hp at 3,600 rpm and 380 Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm, up 13 hp and 30 Nm from the previous 2.5 litre; the VGT bumps these outputs up to 180 hp and 440 Nm.

Moving up, the larger 2.8 litre VGT mill carried over from the outgoing 2.8 LTZ model (which already received the new Duramax engine in 2014) kicks out 193 hp and a tree-pulling 500 Nm, at the same revs. The non-VGT 2.5 litre is only available with a six-speed manual gearbox, while all other engines are mated exclusively to a six-speed automatic with a manual shifting mode.

Standard kit includes reflector halogen headlights with the aforementioned LED DRLs, front and rear fog lights, a silver front grille, body-coloured door handles, a black rear bumper, side steps, 16-inch alloy wheels and rear parking sensors. Inside, there’s an auto up/down function on all four windows and fabric upholstery.

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Included is a revised MyLink infotainment system with a 7.0-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, plus four speakers and a reverse camera. Safety kit includes three airbags (including one for the driver’s knee), ABS with EBD and brake assist, front and rear seatbelt warnings and ISOFIX child seat anchors.

The 2.5 LT auto adds electric power steering (hydraulic on the manual) and A-pillar assist grips, while both LTZ models pile on the full works. Among the kit added are LED tail lights, chrome accents on the grille, door handles, rear bumper, tailgate handle and side mirrors (power-folding here), as well as 18-inch alloy wheels.

Also fitted is remote engine start, automatic lights and wipers, front parking sensors, cruise control, a multifunction steering wheel, automatic air-conditioning, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, a six-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, leather upholstery, an 8.0-inch touchscreen MyLink system and seven speakers.

In terms of safety, the LTZ tacks on Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Anti-Rolling Protection (ARP), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Hill Descent Control (HDC), Trailer Sway Control (TSC) and a tyre pressure monitoring system, plus new features such as Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning.

Lastly, the High Country adds purely cosmetic bits such as a front bumper nudge bar, a gloss black grille with chrome trim, a sports bar, chrome side mouldings, gloss black B-pillar trim, roof rails and High Country badging on the leather seats.

Colours available are Summit White, Black Meet Kettle, Switchblade Silver and two new shades, in this case a very interestingly named Pull Me Over Red and a more subtle hue called Blue Mountain. Naza Quest says that the first 100 early bird customers for the facelifted Colorado will be entitled to three years’ free service. The Colorado now comes with a five-year/200,000 km manufacturer warranty as standard.


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