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Chevrolet Colorado Diesel: Not Until 2016

Yes, you read that right – Chevrolet is bringing a diesel option to the latest generation Colorado, but you won’t see it until the 2016 model year. Two gasoline engines will be released with the 2015 Colorado – a 2.5L four-cylinder and a 3.6L V6, both mated with six-speed automatic transmission.

2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Towing

Chevrolet claims that the 2.5L will produce 193 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque; the larger V6 should output 302 hp, 270 lb-ft, and be able to tow 6,700 lbs.

The 2016 Chevy Colorado diesel will feature the Duramax 2.8L I-4 turbodiesel, which will crank out approximately 200hp and 368 lb-ft of torque, and has already been proven on the global market – let’s hope they offer it with a manual as well! Chevrolet  expects to have class leading fuel economy with the diesel Colorado, that is unless Toyota or Ford (Ranger T6, anyone?) makes a move on the US mid-sized truck market by the ’16 model year.

Personally, I think the Chevy Colorado with a Duramax will be very disruptive, and will force Ford to bring the Ranger T6 home with a diesel. Toyota has to be feeling the pressure as well since the Tacoma is the reigning mid-sized king. Toyota did tinker with a Tundra dually concept in ’07 which featured an 8.0L Hino diesel engine, but hasn’t pursued the technology with any seriousness. Although a distant thought, the Volkswagen Amarok could find its way into the mix now that Canada and the EU are discussing a free trade agreement, which would allow the Amarok into Canada.

Regardless, 2015/2016 will be lucrative for the mid-sized truck. What do you think? Will the Chevrolet Colorado with a Duramax diesel be on your list?