The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon (earlier post) will offer segment-leading highway fuel efficiency for four-cylinder mid-size pickup trucks, according to EPA fuel economy estimates. The Canyon will also offer segment-leading payload ratings. No competitor in the segment offers more payload capacity than the Colorado or Canyon, GM noted.
The all-new midsize trucks, powered by the 2.5L four-cylinder engine with 2WD and available 6-speed automatic transmission, will have an EPA-estimated 20 mpg city and 27 mpg highway, for a combined 22 mpg rating overall.
Trucks outfitted with 4WD will have EPA-estimated 19 city mpg and 25 mpg highway for a combined 21 mpg, giving Colorado and Canyon segment-leading highway fuel efficiency and segment-leading power for a four-cylinder models with automatic transmissions.
With the 3.6L V-6 engine, payload ratings for the Colorado and Canyon are 1,590 pounds (721 kg) and 1,620 pounds (735 kg), respectively. The difference is due to slight differences in curb weight—the Canyon has alloy wheels standard while the standard wheels on the Colorado are slightly heavier steel wheels.
|Colorado and Canyon fuel economy|
|Engine||Transmission||Drive||EPA fuel econ estimates|
|200-hp 2.5L I-4 with direct fuel injection and continuously variable valve timing||6-speed automatic||2WD||20||22||27|
The Colorado and Canyon began shipping to dealers last week. For the 2016 model year, Colorado and Canyon will add a 2.8-liter Duramax turbodiesel to the engine lineup. Technical details and EPA fuel economy estimates will be available closer to launch.
With the introduction of Colorado and Canyon, Chevrolet and GMC will offer customers more pickup choices than any other brand, including midsize, full-size light duty and heavy-duty pickups.