The upcoming 2017 Chevrolet Colorado has received a several changes, but on the first spy photos, we can’t to see these updates. While the current generation of the Colorado has been launched back in 2011 and it has been selling on the International market ever since, the US version has only been released with the 2015 model year and it is basically an evolution of the original platform.
Because the competition is getting tougher in the compact truck class, GM is going to release an update for their smallest truck sooner than expected with the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado which is expected to be first showcased in 2016 and fully released at the end of the year.
Changes and Upgrades
Instead of going for an all new model, the 2017 version is going to be a mild-refresh at best so the entire chassis will likely stay the same. However, the exterior as well as the interior should receive some updates while its engines or at least running gear will be upgraded as well. With this new model, GM is planning on releasing a new trim level which will be able to compete with the TRD Tacoma which is currently the leader for higher performance compact trucks.
Under the Hood
Engine wise, the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado should be nearly identical to the current model meaning it will still come with three different choices, plenty considering the class it belongs. The base model will get the same 2.5 liter naturally aspirated inline 4 good for 200 horsepower and 191 lb-ft of torque, more than most of its competitor’s base engines. Further up the range, a 3.6 liter V6 will also be available. This time around though, this particular engine may see an upgrade from 305 to 320 horsepower and up to 280 lb-ft of torque. This would not only improve its towing capabilities but it will increase its own-road performance and it will give the driver a higher reserve of power.
The new 2.8 liter Duramax inline 4 diesel will likely carry on unchanged which is to be expected considering it has just been released. This will offer 181 horsepower but up to 369 lb-ft of torque, so it will be the most capable of the lot with a towing rating higher than 7,000 pounds! The biggest change for all of them will be the addition of a new 8 speed automatic which will replace the old 6 speed unit. This is already available on the diesel and it has been praised for its quick gear-changes and smooth operation.
Design – Inside and Outside look
The design of the truck should change in order to accommodate GM’s newest design language. This means that the front end might get new headlights as well as a restyled grille while in the back we should see new tail-lights. On top of that, the all new trim level will very likely be based on the ZR2 concept truck which has been showcased earlier this year.
This will feature heavy-duty Fox shocks, a higher ground clearance, aluminum shields in the front and at the back as well as new 17 inch rims with high performance off-road tires installed on them. All the other models will get the optional sports bar in the back as well as the LED flood-lights.
Inside the cabin of the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado things should be pretty similar to the current model. Here we only expect minor changes which will make it easier to use. This means that the base model might get slightly more safety features while the top end versions will likely receive an updated infotainment system which will also include Google’s Android Auto or Apple’s CarPlay.
2017 Chevrolet Colorado Price
The price will be similar to that of the current model so expect it to cost between $21,000 for a basic model and up to $40,000 for a fully equipped diesel version.
As you may to imagine, the biggest rivals are GMC Canyon, Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier.