2016 Chevrolet Colorado Diesel. Chevrolet expects its new diesel-powered 2016 Colorado midsize pickup to hit the market on time and with the highest fuel economy rating of any pickup this fall, despite increased regulatory scrutiny in the aftermath of Volkswagen’s cheating to pass emissions tests.
The 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Diesel is all the truck you need. If you’re an enthusiast who wants to tow fast things without sucking down all the petroleum in existence every weekend (that’s what the race car is for, right?) then this is your ticket.
2016 Chevrolet Colorado Diesel
I got an impressive 24 m.p.g. Wednesday and Thursday in a short fuel-economy run in a four-wheel-drive diesel Colorado Z71 crew cab with off-road tires and other features that reduce fuel economy. The drive included city, country and highway through the ranches and vineyards on California’s central coast.
Anita Burke, chief engineer of the Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickups, said the EPA has told all automakers that it will use new tests to prevent tricks like those VW used. Burke and other Chevrolet executives are confident the Colorado will do fine. They’re sticking to their original schedule of having the Colorado on sale before the end of the year.
Chevrolet doesn’t have an official fuel economy rating from the EPA yet, but it makes no bones about expecting to top the 21 m.p.g. in the city, 29 on the highway and 24 in combined driving scored by Fiat-Chrysler’s diesel Ram 1500 HFE full-size pickup. The diesel Ram is currently the most fuel efficient pickup sold in the United States.
The Colorado diesel will cost $3,905 more than a comparably equipped pickup with the 3.6L gasoline V6 which starts at about $31,290.
Diesels cost more than comparable gasoline engines, because they’re loaded with technology to improve power and fuel economy and clean up their emissions. Owners pay the higher price for the engines’ fuel economy and capability.
While the general public may now look askance at diesels due to VW’s high-profile scandal, truck customers understand the engines and are willing to pay more in exchange for lower fuel costs and higher towing and hauling capacity.
The 2.8L four-cylinder diesel, which GM uses in trucks around the world, is built in Rayong, Thailand. Pickups are very popular in Thailand. GM builds U.S. versions of the Colorado and Canyon in Wentzville, Missouri.
The trucks have been very popular since they went on sale last year. The Missouri plant is running three shifts and looking for other ways to build more to meet demand.
The diesel produces 369 pound-feet of torque from just 2,000 engine rpm. High torque at low engine speeds is a key reason truck drivers like diesels, because torque measures the force that lets them tow heavy trailers. The Colorado diesel will have a towing capacity of 7,700 pounds, 700 more than the most capable Colorado powered by a gasoline engine.
The diesels I drove for two days in California were more than capable. They cruised the highway and accelerated around town with ease. During the short fuel-economy run, I drove normally on surface streets and set the cruise control to 65 mph on the highway.
The Colorado’s plentiful torque was also welcome off-road. The truck negotiated deep soft sand, rocky scree and steep slopes just fine.
Like most diesels, the engine is a little louder than gasoline, with a recognizable ticking sound. GM minimizes that with extra sound insulation. When you’re in the cab, there’s not much more engine noise than in any pickup.
The engineers offset vibrations from the engine with balance shafts, hydraulic mounts and a part called a centrifugal pendulum absorber. They keep vibration well within acceptable levels.
Chevy’s electronic hill descent control, which manages engine braking to slow the vehicle going down grades steeper than 10% also performed well.
Chevrolet won’t say how many Colorado diesels it expects to sell, but demand should be strong, based on sales of the diesel Ram 1500.
source : freep.com