Versatile Engine Options
The 2017 Chevy Colorado is currently one of the best pickup trucks in the midsize segment, mainly because of its exceptional performance. It offers three different engine options: a 3.6-liter V6, 2.5-liter I-4, and a 2.8-liter Duramax diesel engine. With this mix, the Colorado provides a whole new level of versatility, power, capability, and fuel-efficiency that’s never been seen in this class of truck before.
New for the 2017 model year is the 3.6-liter V6 LGZ gasoline engine. It’s the second-generation of GM’s dual overhead cam engines, and replaces the previous V6 engine found on the 2016 model. The horsepower has been increased to 308, and the torque is rated at 275 lb.-ft. Active fuel management is also present, and enhances the fuel-efficiency of the Colorado’s V6 by deactivating cylinders when they aren’t needed. Fuel efficiency estimates are 18 mpg city/26 mpg highway from two-wheel drive models, and slightly less for four-wheel drive. The V6 is paired exclusively to a new 8L45 8-speed M5T automatic transmission.
Other than this new V6, the other two engines carry over into 2017 unchanged.
A 2.5-liter I-4 engine still produces the same 200 horsepower/191 lb.-ft. of torque. On the fuel-efficiency side of things, this engine returns 19 mpg city/25 mpg highway when paired to the manual transmission, with a little less if equipped with the automatic transmission. Towing capacity comes in at 3,500 pounds.
2.8-liter I-4 Duramax Diesel
While the other two engines offer a decent amount of horsepower, torque, and fuel-efficiency, the 2.8-liter I-4 Duramax turbo-diesel has really vaulted the Colorado into fame and fortune.
Generating 181 horsepower and 369 lb.-ft. of torque, the Duramax provides a nice blend of power, fuel-efficiency, and capability. 181 horsepower and a whopping 369 lb.-ft. of torque, translates to 7,700 pounds of towing capability when the Colorado has the proper equipment and this engine on board. 22 mpg city and 31 mpg highway make this pickup truck a very appealing option at the pump, and the diesel power is always appreciated.
The 2.8-liter I-4 Duramax Turbo-Diesel will undoubtedly do extremely well in 2017, considering it’s still a new engine. Kicking out 181 hp/369 lb.-ft. of torque, you can expect great acceleration, good fuel economy, and exceptional towing. 22 mpg city/31 mpg highway are the numbers for the diesel engine, and the Colorado is able to tow 7,700 pounds when this engine, provided the proper equipment is also on board.
Versatile Engine Options Means Versatile Performance
With the availability of three engines, the 2017 Colorado is able to provide a versatile level of performance for everyone, whether you’re looking for gas or diesel-powered engines, amazing towing capacity, or even fuel-efficiency.