What Is It?
2015 Chevrolet Colorado
What's Special About It?
GM's making a huge push to dominate the midsize pickup market with the all-new 2015 Chevy Colorado. There are no more Ford Rangers or Dodge Dakotas to worry about, and the Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma have been largely unchanged for many years. At the Los Angeles auto show press conference, GM boss Mark Reuss made no bones about where the Chevy Colorado will stack up in this stagnant segment: "It will leave the competition in the dust, far behind." Even the video shown during the press conference poked at the Colorado's lack of competition.
For sure, with three body configurations, both four- and six-cylinder gas engines and a turbodiesel on its way a year later, the new Colorado is no half-hearted attempt. And it looks good in person, striking a well-considered balance between rugged and accessible.
The truck wears six-lug wheels and disc brakes all round (four-piston fixed calipers up front, single-piston sliders out back) and was shown with two wheel and tire packages: 265/60R18 Goodyear Wrangler SR-A on the black truck; 265/65R17 BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A on the red Z71.
We also noticed a damped tailgate and what looked like a factory spray-in bedliner. A range of bed accessories will be available at launch that secure bicycles and surfboards above the floor of the bed, leaving plenty of space for other gear beneath. It's a smart strategy to make this (relatively) small pickup effectively larger.
The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado will be produced in GM's plant in St. Louis, and reaches dealers next fall.
What Edmunds Says: Judging by the army of Toyota engineers crawling all over the display trucks, the Chevy Colorado is a big deal to more than just GM.
Engines: 2.5-liter inline-4; 3.6-liter V6
Gearbox: Six-speed automatic
Output: I4: 193 horsepower, 184 lb-ft of torque; V6: 302 hp, 270 lb-ft of torque
Configurations: Extended cab with a 5-foot bed; crew cab with a 5-foot bed; crew cab with a 6-foot bed