6 Cool Features of the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado
It hasn’t been said in many years, but the midsize pickup segment is alive and kicking once again. The big proponents? Foremost among them, GM buyers now have a stake in the segment – the reborn Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. So what’s making these twins so appealing? Simply put, they come packing lots of useful features for midsize truck buyers. Take a look at six of the biggest plus sides of the new and improved Chevrolet Colorado. Duramax Turbodiesel
The U.S. market has been clamoring a long time for a smaller pickup truck with a fuel-sipping diesel engine. That setup will finally return in the form of the Chevrolet Colorado’s 2.8-liter Duramax turbodiesel four-cylinder. It goes on sale in the fall, priced at $3,730 more than a comparably optioned 3.6-liter V6 model, and offers up a huge 369 lb-ft of stump-pulling torque.
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Box and Seat Delete Option
Hurrah! The midsize segment gets a box delete! Admittedly, this is designed for fleet and business sales–the average customer won’t buy one–but it affords businesses the ability to keep their trucks capable without having to go full-size. Denoted as order code ZW9, the box delete is exclusive to the Colorado’s two-wheel drive Work Truck extended cab model.
Active Aerodynamic Grille Shutters
You expect sportscars and supercars to have active aerodynamics, but for the most part…not a pickup truck. The Chevrolet Colorado features active front grille shutters which close down during highway speeds to increase fuel economy. The truck’s onboard computer tells these slats when to engage and disengage.
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GearOn Cargo System
Anyone who has canoes, kayaks, snowboards, bikes, and skis will know that these items may each require a separate cargo system to handle them. The Colorado’s GearOn system, which features reconfigurable cross rails, bed dividers, and tie-downs, works to consolidate as many of those rack systems as possible while still leaving bed storage available for your not-so-bulky gear.
Wi-Fi and Apple CarPlay
Connectivity is quickly becoming a top tipping point in a car-buying purchase, and the Colorado is stuffed to the gills. The truck comes with the Chevrolet MyLink eight-inch color touchscreen, compatibility with Apple CarPlay (Android Auto expected later in 2016), and OnStar’s 4G LTE with a built-in wireless hot-spot. Why even go inside? "Kids, we're watching cat videos in the Colorado!"
You Can Still Get a Manual Transmission
The manual transmission may be disappearing from the sportscars of the world, but you can still find one in the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado. The six-speed manual gearbox is an option for the two-wheel drive, extended cab Work Truck models with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder. Hooray self-shifting!
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