Marcus De Guzman / Chevrolet | August 30, 2016 10:58
Better variable valve timing and direct injection
The USDM Chevrolet Colorado will also be getting a slight upgrade for 2017 after the company recently announced that the midsize pickup will be receiving a new powertrain. With it, the bow-tie brand plans on having a foothold on the segment with what they claim will be a 'class-exclusive powertrain combination'.
First up is an all-new V6 which puts out 312 PS at 6800 rpm along with 373 Nm of torque at 4000 rpm. Compared to the previous V6, the second-generation engine generates 4 PS and 8 Nm more. The slight bump in power was made possible in the form of improved variable valve timing for the intake and exhaust, tweaked direct-injection setting and cylinder deactivation which turns off two of the six cylinders on light engine load.
Next is the new eight-speed automatic gearbox called the Hydra-Matic 8L45. According to Chevrolet, it is roughly the same size and weight of the outgoing 6L80 six-speed automatic but has a wider overall gear ratio of 7.0. This allows the pickup to have a numerically higher first gear. Chevy claimed this will enable drivers to pull cargo or trailers with confidence. In addition, the 2017 Colorado will also have lower rear axle ratios for better fuel consumption on highway driving conditions.
“Customers made the Colorado an overnight success and it remains one of the industry’s hottest-selling products. That fast success has justified our continued investment in midsize pickups, introducing new features for our customers such as the class-exclusive diesel engine, advanced technologies like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and now a class-leading V6 and eight-speed automatic powertrain combination,” said Anita Burke, Colorado chief engineer.
The 2017 Chevy Colorado with the all-new V6 and eight-speed automatic transmission will arrive in US dealerships in Q4 of 2016.