Chevy is proud of many aspects of the completely redesigned 2015 Chevrolet Colorado, especially the techniques they’ve used to save weight. Due to the use of several lightweight high-strength steels and aluminum, the new Colorado is expected to be between 880 and 1,400 pounds lighter than full size pickups. Weight savings depends on cab configuration and engine choice. Since the Colorado is roughly 20% lighter than full size pickups, it will have better fuel economy and Chevy hopes that combined with the Colorado’s smaller dimensions it will have a unique place in the market. Complete EPA fuel economy estimates will be available this summer.
The graphic above show the uses of the various high-strength steels in the cab structure. Previous generation Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon were at the bottom of their class in Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) roof strength tests, and had poor side impact rating. Check the link for more IIHS test details. The 2015 model uses Press Hardened Steel in the A and B pillars as well as in the side protection in the doors. There is Ultra High-Strength Steel in the roof beams and floor sections. All this is good news for a stronger cab to protect the occupants in a bad event.
Better fuel economy does not mean reduced capability, as Chevy expects the Colorado to lead the mid-size truck segment with a towing capacity of 6,700 pounds. This is up from the previous generation Colorado’s 6,000 pounds, and ahead of current segment leader Toyota Tacoma’s 6,500 pounds.
Chevrolet will offer two engine choices for the Colorado: a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine producing 193 horsepower and a 3.6-liter V6 producing 302 horsepower. Buyers that value full-size truck capability with mid-size dimensions will opt for the V6. While contractors and those who place more emphasis on fuel economy will choose the four-pot. Regardless of configuration, Chevrolet promises increased capability over the previous generation Colorado, class leading fuel economy, towing, and more high-tech goodies than ever before.
Check out TFLtruck insider video of the 2015 Colorado from the 2013 LA Auto Show:
And here is an in-depth look at the 2015 GMC Canyon from 2014 Detroit Auto Show: