The midsized pickup truck named 2018 Chevy Colorado is first time unveiled at the LA auto show. Dubbed with a ZR2 batch against its name, the Colorado has been speculated to take on its arch rival- Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro. With major upgrades up its sleeve, the Colorado ZR2 is determined to prove its mettle.
2018 Chevy Colorado – Comfort and Convenience
Talking of its design, the 2018 Chevy Colorado is likely to sport an all-black grille with Chevrolet logo in its center. Its body-colored front bumpers will also house two round shaped fog lamps with sharp-edged, sleek headlights. Claimed to be a four door offloading pickup truck, the 2018 Chevy Colorado has increased wheelbase size by a couple of inches while body length stands at 21.7 inches with a 2-inch suspension lift for better off-roading capabilities.
Interior of this 4×4 pickup is believed to come loaded with features. The front bucket seats along with rear folding seats house a total of 4 people. Its legroom is 28.6 inches in the front and 35.8 inches at the rear. However, the entertainment in 2018 Chevy Colorado will be boosted with 7 or 8-inch infotainment system, surround speakers, Bluetooth and Apple car play. In addition to these functions, automatic climate control and Wi-Fi hotspot will also come as standard.
Talking of cargo capacities, the Chevy provides two-bed options of 6 ft 2 inches and 5 ft 2 inches. It comes out victorious against Toyota Tacoma owing to 2 inches of greater cargo depth in both bed variants. The foldable rear seats increase storage space further if required.
While so much thought has gone into the design of Chevy Colorado, safety features have not been ignored by any margin. The forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning, all-round airbags and traction control come as standard. In addition to this 4-wheel ABS, electronic stability control, emergency trunk release and rollover protection system will come as standard.
What stands out in Chevy Colorado ZR2 is its all-new 31-inch Duratrac off road tires at both ends. It is not worthy to compare Toyota Tacoma in this segment. The Chevy has also inherited these tires from its ZH2 military variant and this might make it the most awaited off-roading pickup in its category. While Chevy Colorado 18’ comes in AWD and RWD variants, its ZR2 sibling will be available in 4×4 variant only.
Depending on its bed size, payload capacity for Chevy Colorado goes up to a maximum of 1,100 lbs. The maximum towing capacity goes up to 7,000 lbs. It takes the lead in this segment as Tacoma’s maximum towing capacity is 6000lbs.
2018 Chevy Colorado – Engine Info
The engine options in Colorado will include a 2.8 Liter 4 cylinder Duramax DOHC engine. It will be capable of producing 181 HP of power with 369 lb-ft of torque at 2800 rpm. However, in response to Tacoma’s 3.5 L V6, the Chevy has equipped Colorado’s ZR2 variant with a 3.6 Liter V6 VVT engine which gives out 308 HP with 400 lb-ft of torque out casting Toyota’s horse values of 278 HP.
While the new Chevy Colorado comes with 6-speed automatic transmission, its ZR2 variant may get an 8-speed Hydra-Matic 8L45 automatic as standard. The fuel economy of this pickup stands at noticeable figures of 17 mpg in cities and 24 mpg on highways.
2018 Chevy Colorado – Affordability and Availablity
The 2018 Chevy Colorado is likely to be priced at around $24,000. The expected release date of 2018 Chevy Colorado would be around fall of 2017 or early summer of 2018.