At least one US automaker still believes in midsize pickups.
Coming soon to a Chevy dealer near you, the all-new midsize Colorado pickup is, more or less, just as much a successor to the outgoing model as it is to the now discontinued Ford Ranger. With its aggressive and handsome design, the 2015 Colorado will no doubt be a huge sales hit for the automaker. Standard power comes from a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 193 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. A 3.6-liter V6 with 302 hp and 270 lb-ft is optional, and a 2.8-liter diesel four is coming next year.
V6 models have a towing capacity of 6,700 lbs. and Chevy believes the Colorado will deliver class-leading fuel economy. For now, both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic. Step inside and you'll see one of, if not, the best-looking interiors ever put into a pickup in this class. Three trim levels are available: Work Truck (WT), LT and Z71. All models come standard with corner step and a two-tier loading system. Upgraded LT and Z71 trims will receive an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system and familiar technologies such as MyLink and OnStar are optional.
Only two bodystyles will be offered: Extended and Crew cab. Bed sizes are 6 feet and 5 feet, respectively and Crew cab buyers can also opt for that extra foot if so desired. With the tailgate down, the 6-foot bed allows 8-foot-long items to be hauled. Pricing will likely start at under $20k, but official numbers aren't available yet. Sales will begin next fall.