Finding Out More About The Chevrolet Colorado

On the road again with the Chevrolet Colorado
The Chevrolet Colorado is a compact and later mid-size pickup truck marketed by American automaker General Motors. They were introduced first in 2004 to replace the Chevy S-10 and GMC S-15 and were named for the U.S. state of Colorado. The first generation of Chevrolet Colorado’s were jointly designed by GM’s North America and Brazil operations with collaboration from Isuzu. They offer both manual and automatic transmissions. They feature either four-wheel or rear-wheel drivetrain with standard, extended, and four-door crew cab body styles. A 2.8 L LK5 14 engine comes standard on most models, but a 3.5 L 15 comes with the Z71 package on four-door versions.
In 2007 the Chevrolet Colorado was redesigned and offered new engines, the 2.9L LLV 14 and 3.7 L LLR 15. They also were given new color like deep ruby, pace blue, and imperial blue, as well as new tires and wheels. In 2009 there was yet another face lift adding new engines once again, the 5.3 L LH8 V8 which produces 300 horsepower. After partnering with OnStar, the Chevy Colorado received the first bluetooth hands free phone system, as an optional install. The six disc CD changer was discontinued leaving the standard AM/FM radio and disc CD/MP3 player, with two, four, or six speaker audio systems. Most newer trucks also received the SiriusXM Satellite Radio, if a CD/MP3 player was installed.
In the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s frontal offset test, the extended version of the Chevy trucks received a ‘good’ score, but the crew cab was given an acceptable score, and poor for the impact side test without side curtain airbags. As a result side curtain airbags were made standard on all 2010 models, giving the Chevy trucks a passing score for the safety test.
The second generation Chevy Colorado was introduced at the 2011 Bangkok Motor Show. It comes in three cab styles: regular, extended, and crew, and may be rear or four wheel drive. All standard equipment on the base trim level includes: sixteen inch steel wheels, vinyl seating surfaces, AM/FM stereo with Auxiliary audio input, as well as a six-speaker stereo system. These vehicles also include: power windows/door locks, 2.5 L EcoTec 4 cylinder gasoline engine, six speed manual transmission, carpet flooring, and a chrome front grill.
Later on the 2015, the Colorado, and its counterpart the Canyon, offered 4G LTE WiFi capabilities with OnStar. These came standard on higher trim vehicles and optional on the lower. In 2016, they became equipped with the Intellilink touchscreen, and in 2017 these were upgraded to the seven inch Chevy MyLink touchscreen system, as well as a backup camera on most models.
Starting in 2020 the 2wd Z71 extended cab and crew cab long box models will be removed from the lineup along with the RST and Redline, and will be combined with the Luxury edition. Whether you are planning on off-roading, or just looking for an everyday vehicle, Chevy definitely has you and your family covered.