All systems are go!
Chevrolet's new Colorado truck and its GMC sibling, the Canyon, are among the few locally available diesel-powered midsize pickups. However, we were recently led to believe that oil-burners would be discontinued in the lineup. Nevertheless, they remain and the 2021 Colorado with its various looks is now available for order with the diesel. Stablemate GMC is also ready to receive orders for the Canyon in similar guise.
Both vehicles have been in production with their gas engines since June 26, but the diesel was delayed to allow for engine certification by the CARB and the EPA. Now that this is done, production can begin and orders are officially open.
The 2.8-liter Duramax four-cylinder diesel engine in the pair of trucks produces 181 horsepower, which is a lot lower than the other options available. The 2.5-liter gas four-pot produces 200 hp and the 3.6-liter V6 delivers 308 horses, but neither of these gas options can match the Duramax's 369 lb-ft of torque, with figures of just 191 and 275 lb-ft respectively. These are paired with either a six- or an eight-speed automatic transmission.
With the Ford Ranger only available with a gas-powered EcoBoost engine at the moment, this is good news for those who like big torque and even better gas mileage.
Speaking of capability, the diesel engine in the Colorado is capable of pulling up to 7,700 pounds worth of trailering weight, and if you're hypermiling, 2020's diesel was capable of EPA figures of 20/30/23 mpg on the city/highway/combined cycles. Along with a 21-gallon tank, that allows for an average range of around 483 miles. Presumably, 2021's version - which has not seen a power increase - should return at least the same sort of mileage.
Overall, these trucks are among our favorites for their all-round ability that includes a comfortable drive on the road and a capable one off it. We look forward to more of the same for the 2021 versions.