2017 Chevy Colorado – Naperville, IL
When the new Colorado was released in 2015, it took the midsize pickup truck market by surprise. Competitors didn’t expect it to win Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year Award straight out of the gate, simply for being outstanding in every way imaginable. But, it did. In 2016, the market was in an upset again as Chevy introduced the Colorado’s diesel engine and the truck became the first midsize pickup to have a diesel powertrain under the hood. Nor did the competition expect — again, combined with the outstanding overall quality — that this engine would be the primary reason the Colorado won Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year Award again, for a second time in a row. Now, the 2017 Chevy Colorado in Naperville, IL is on the brink of being released, and its competitors are rightfully shaken for the upcoming model year. Especially since Chevy decided to refresh its now famous and highly celebrated midsize pickup truck.
Mainly, it’s the exterior and performance that have been altered. Some new colors have been introduced, along with other exterior features. Some of the older features have been taken away entirely, or replaced by updated versions. The performance gets an upgrade in the powertrain department, with the introduction of a new engine. Other minor updates include changes to the interior, and a new touchscreen we’ll talk about a little later.
Why is the competition worried? Because, this is the first major refresh the Colorado has seen since this model was released two years ago. It quickly pushed its way to the head of the pack without updates over the past two years, and has single-handedly breathed new life into the midsize truck market. It did all that without a refresh between 2015 and 2016, and apart from the addition of a diesel engine and a few minor tweaks here and there, it remained relatively the same. Now on the cusp of 2017, the Colorado has been updated and refreshed. Imagine how it’ll do in the new model year with all these updates — no doubt the competition doesn’t want to.
Performance-wise, the 2017 Chevy Colorado gets a new engine for the upcoming year. The last-generation 3.6-liter V6 LFX gasoline engine gets replaced with a new 3.6-liter V6 LGZ gasoline engine. The new LGZ engine is the second generation of GM’s dual overhead cam V6 engines, and provides three more horsepower and six more lb.-ft. of torque, bumping the output up to 308 horsepower and 275 lb.-ft. of torque – compared to the previous generation’s engine, which is rated at 305 horsepower and 269 lb.-ft. of torque. The biggest difference though is that the LGZ features Active Fuel Management via cylinder deactivation. It also has noticeable refinements to the direct injection system. Topping it all off, the new 3.6-liter V6 is paired exclusively to the new 8L45 8-speed automatic M5T transmission.
The other two engines carry over unchanged, and the 2.5-liter I-4 (200 hp and 191 lb.-ft. of torque) and 2.8-liter I-4 Duramax Turbo-Diesel (181 hp and 369 lb.-ft. of torque) are paired to the same 6-speed automatic transmission. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard on the Base trim,, as well as the 2WD WT trim with the Extended Cab and 2.5-liter I-4 engine.
While exact fuel-efficiency numbers are unknown at the time of writing for the new 3.6-liter V6 engine, it’s safe to assume they will be similar to the last-generation engine: 18 mpg city/26 mpg highway for two-wheel drive models, and 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway for four-wheel drive models, which is exceptional fuel economy. Properly equipped, you can also expect the Colorado to tow around the same as the 2016 model, which is approximately 7,000 pounds.
For the other two engines, stats remain the same. The 2.5-liter gets around 19 mpg city and 25 mpg highway when paired to the manual transmission (a little less when paired to the automatic), and the 2.8-liter diesel engine will get around 22 mpg city and 31 mpg highway. Expect towing capacity to be 3,500 pounds for the 2.5-liter, and 7,700 pounds for the 2.8-liter diesel.
Something else Colorado has been praised for is its abundance of technology features. For the 2017 model, the technology not only remains, but gets a slight upgrade in the form of the touchscreen.
The 4.2-inch Io4 MyLink radio has been extinguished, and the 7” diagonal color touchscreen MyLink radio has been introduced as the new standard. With it, comes Teen Driver Mode standard across all 2017 Colorado trims. The 8” MyLink touchscreen interface is still an option as well.
Other than that, the Colorado retains all the same technology that consumers and expert reviewers alike praised. OnStar RemoteLink (for remotely starting your truck, locking/unlocking your vehicle, and activate the horn and lights all through your phone), MyLink radio with Navigation, SiriusXM Travel Link/Satellite Radio, are all present again. Apple CarPlay is still kicking around, and allows you to interact with most of your iPhone’s features — such as music and texting — all through the interface of your truck. You can still make phone calls, select radio stations, flip through songs or stations, all via voice command or courtesy of steering-wheel mounted controls.
One of the biggest ways to signify a major refresh is by altering the look of the vehicle. While the overall winning design has remained the same, Chevy decided to go the aesthetic route. Four new colors — Graphite Metallic, Cajun Red Tintcoat, Laser Blue, and Orange Burst Metallic — all replace the two colors that have been expunged from the 2016 palette – Red Rock Metallic and Inferno Orange Metallic.
Apart from adding some fresh paint, there are plenty of other new exterior features to consider, such as a body-color grille, body-color door handles, and a body-color rear bumper. 18” Dark Argent Metallic cast aluminum wheels replace the 18-inch 5-spoke aluminum wheels from the previous generation, and a front fog lamp kit has been added. In order to provide further customization, Chevy also created a low-gloss Black Stripe Package that includes stripes on the hood and tailgate, available on all trims except the Base/2SA.
Aside from the aesthetic changes, the 2017 Colorado shares the same design as the 2016 Colorado. Which is okay, since the design and build-quality is the common denominator for winning that Truck of the Year Award two years running.
Chevrolet of Naperville: Driven by Excellence
While the 2017 Colorado hasn’t hit dealership lots yet, Chevrolet of Naperville still stocks plenty of the award-winning 2015 and 2016 models while eagerly awaiting the release of the Colorado — which should be soon. More important than stocking outstanding midsize trucks and other high-quality new and used cars, is our attitude towards car and truck buying. We’re driven by excellence, simply because of the pride we feel for being part of the Dan Wolf Automotive Group, which has been providing consumers with high-quality vehicles since 1971. How do we uphold the Dan Wolf tradition of excellence? By always putting the needs of the customer first. Whether it’s looking for a car, trying to find a loan, or getting your vehicle serviced, customer satisfaction is our number one priority.
Of course, ensuring that our selection of new and used cars are of the highest quality is another way to support customer satisfaction. Perhaps, it’s also the best way to show how much we truly care about our consumers. After all, providing our valued customers with a high-quality car or truck means they’ll have a vehicle that will last a lifetime.