2017 Chevrolet Colorado Changes
The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado Changes boasts an all-new V-6 engine with more horsepower and torque than previous 2016 models. 2017 Colorado will be the only truck in it’s class with an 8-speed automatic transmission. These are the latest major changes since Colorado was introduced in 2015.
Chevrolet is planning to sell more than 160,000 Colorado pickup trucks in the first 2 years on the market. If you would like to see and drive a new or pre-owned Chevrolet Colorado please call our Customer Care Department at 630-898-9630 or check out our website or visit our showroom.
Colorado is one of the industry’s hottest-selling vehicles for many reasons. Cutting edge technologies like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto have really increased customer interest. And, Colorado is the only truck in it’s class available with a diesel engine.
Colorado’s other engines, it’s base 2.5 liter 4 cylinder and it’s optional 2.8 liter diesel engine will be unchanged for 2017. Other small changes for Colorado 2017 include a new 4-wheel drive selector knob on all 4WD models. And, Chevrolet’s Teen Driver mode is now optional along with heated seats that are no longer restricted to just leather seating.
The 2nd generation of Chevy’s 3.6L engine is completely new. The displacement is the same as last year but don’t let that fool you. The new engine offers improved variable valve timing for intake and exhaust. Another system improved for 2107 is Colorado’s direct injection. Direct injection eliminates the need for spark plugs and wires. Plus, for the first time Colorado with feature Active Fuel Management. Two engine cylinders will automatically de-activate under light throttle applications maximizing fuel economy. Horsepower increases to 308 at 6,800 rpm and torque is rated at 275 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm.
All all-new engine is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. GM created the Hydramatic 8-speed 8L45 transmission to replace the 6L80 transmission. The new transmission is approximately the same size and weight at the one it replaces but it offers a wider 7.0 overall gear ration spread versus the last year’s 6.0 ratio. The higher first gear ratio helps driver’s starter off with more confidence when pulling a heavy load or trailering while the lower rear axle ratios reduce engine rpm on the highway for improved efficiency and fuel economy.
The new 2017 Colorado weighs the same as last year due to extensive used of lightweight materials like aluminum and magnesium.
The new 2017 Chevrolet Colorado models are scheduled to arrive in showrooms during he fourth quarter of this year. For updates on 2017 Colorado arrivals, call our customer care team at 630-898-9630.
Currently Chevrolet Colorado makes up 23 % of the total midsize truck segment. Since 2015, the total midsize truck segment has nearly doubled from 1.5 percent of total vehicle sales to 2.4 percent. The average 2016 Colorado sells in about one month which makes it one of the fastest selling vehicles in the segment.
Chevrolet Colorado have been the most awarded midsize pickup over the past two years, including earning back-to-back Motor Trend Truck of the Year awards.