2017 Chevrolet Colorado Changes

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. 

2017 Chevrolet Colorado Changes
2017 Chevrolet Colorado Changes

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.

2017 Chevrolet Colorado changes
2017 Chevrolet Colorado changes

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.   

2017 Chevrolet Colorado changes
2017 Chevrolet Colorado changes

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. 

All-new Intake System on 2017 Duramax Diesel

All-new Intake System on 2017 Duramax Diesel
All-new Intake System on 2017 Duramax Diesel at Ron Westphal Chevrolet in Aurora, IL.

All-new Intake System on 2017 Duramax Diesel

New for 2017, Chevrolet Silverado HD trucks feature a patented air intake system that drives cool, dry air into the engine for sustained performance and cooler engine temperatures during difficult driving conditions. The intake system underwent extensive testing based on the most challenging real-world driving conditions to ensure capable performance no matter the weather.

Looking for a new Diesel?  Call our Customer Care Team at 630-898-9630 or Visit our Website today.

Source: All-new Intake System Feeds Duramax Diesel on 2017 Silverado HD

2017 Corvette Grand Sport

2017 Corvette Grand Sport
2017 Corvette Grand Sport will be at Ron Westphal Chevy in Aurora, IL.

2017 Corvette Grand Sport Has Racing Roots

A ‘purist’ model that leverages a half-century legacy of motorsports success

GENEVA – With Corvette Racing in its DNA, the all-new 2017 Corvette Grand Sport is a pure expression of the car’s motorsports-bred pedigree. It was introduced today at the Geneva International Motor Show.

Like the 2015 Le Mans-winning Corvette C7.R GTE Pro race car, the new Grand Sport combines a lightweight architecture, a track-honed aerodynamics package, Michelin tires and a naturally aspirated engine.

The 2017 Corvette Grand Sport offers an estimated 1.05g in cornering capability – and up to 1.2g with the available Z07 package.

Heritage-inspired design cues and exclusive features acknowledge the historic Grand Sport legacy, established in 1963 to take on the world’s best sports cars. Only five were built before a corporate decision suspending direct motorsports involvement ended the project.

“Racing has been part of Corvette’s essence for more than 50 years and that track experience has helped us build better, more capable cars,” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president of Global Product Development and Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. “The global acclaim for the seventh-generation Corvette validates that direct link and the 2017 Grand Sport takes its track-bred technology to a new, exciting threshold.”

The Corvette Grand Sport coupe and convertible go on sale this summer in the U.S. and in the fall in Europe.

VEHICLE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Lightweight architecture and track-honed aerodynamics
  • An engine offering an estimated 1.05g in cornering capability and up to 1.2g with the available Z07 package
  • Coupe and convertible available this summer in U.S. and fall in Europe  
  • Grand Sport Collector Edition available later in model year

No holding back

Engineers adapted the chassis tuning, upgraded cooling systems, and performance technologies of the Corvette Z06 to give the new Grand Sport capability commensurate with its racing-derived history.

“We didn’t hold back with the new Grand Sport,” said Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer. “For the first time, buyers can equip the Grand Sport with a Z07 performance package – which adds carbon-ceramic brakes, Michelin Sport Cup 2 summer tires, and carbon-fiber aero package that delivers true downforce.”

The result is a potent track car. In fact, the Grand Sport with the Z07 package is less than one second off the track record for the previous-generation Corvette ZR1 on the road course at GM’s Milford Proving Ground.

Content highlights for Grand Sport include:

  • Michelin Pilot Super Sport summer tires: 285/30ZR19 (front) and 335/25ZR20 (rear)
  • Specific Grand Sport wheel design: 19×10 inches (front) and 20×12 inches (rear)
  • Brembo brake system with (355 mm) 14-inch rotors and six-piston calipers in front and (340 mm) 13.4 inch rotors and four-piston calipers in the rear
  • Standard magnetic ride control, specific stabilizer bars and unique springs
  • Standard electronic limited-slip differential
  • LT1 V8 engine rated at (343 kW) 460 hp, with dry-sump oiling system and active exhaust
  • Seven-speed manual transmission with active rev match and available eight-speed paddle-shift automatic with specific performance calibration
  • Available Z07 package adds carbon ceramic-matrix brakes and Michelin Pilot Sport 2 Cup tires.

In addition to track-focused aero elements, the Grand Sport also features specific front fender inserts, a Z06-style grille and wider rear fenders – a distinctive design package that gives the car a track-ready attitude.

Grand Sport models are offered with the Stingray’s full exterior and interior color palette. An available Heritage package includes hash-mark fender graphics in six colors, with the hash-mark detail carried onto the interior’s brushed aluminum trim. Full-length stripes are also offered.

“The choices are almost endless,” said Harlan Charles, Corvette product marketing manager. “The packages take personalization to an unprecedented level, enabling customers to create their own Corvette Grand Sport statement like no other.”

Grand Sport Collector Edition

The Grand Sport Collector Edition features an exclusive Watkins Glen Gray Metallic exterior with Tension Blue hash-mark graphics, satin black full-length stripes, black wheels and a unique Tension Blue full leather and suede-wrapped interior.

The Tension Blue color is a bold, modern take on the hue historically associated with the Grand Sport. Inside, a three-dimensional representation of an original Grand Sport race car is embossed in the headrests and that shape is also used on an instrument panel plaque that carries a unique build sequence number.

The Collector Edition will be offered later in the model year in the U.S. and Europe.

 

Source: Chevrolet Pressroom – United States – Corvette GS