2012 Chevrolet Colorado

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SPECIFICATIONS

Overview | Engine | Transmission | Chassis/Suspension | Brakes | Wheels/Tires | Dimensions | Capacities

Overview

Models:

Chevrolet Colorado: 2WD & 4WD regular cab, extended cab and crew cab

Body style / driveline:

Crew cab (5-6 passengers), extended cab (4-5 passengers), regular cab (2-3 passengers), front-engine rear-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive pickup

Construction:

Welded steel ladder H-frame, electro-galvanized steel

EPA vehicle class:

Compact pickup

Manufacturing locations:

Shreveport, La.

Key competitors:

Regular and extended cabs: Ford Ranger, Dodge Dakota, Toyota Tacoma, Nissan Frontier; crew cab: Dodge Dakota Quad Cab, Nissan Frontier Crew Cab, Toyota Tacoma Double Cab


Engines

 

Vortec 2.9L I-4
(LLV)

Vortec 3.7L I-5
(LLR)

Vortec 5.3L V-8
(LH9)

Application:

std on regular cab and extended cab

opt on regular cab and extended cab; std on 4WD crew cab and 2WD crew cab w/ Z71 suspension

standard with ZQ8 suspension, opt. on 2LT extended and crew cab models

Type:

2.9L inline 4-cylinder

3.7L inline 5-cylinder

5.3L V-8

Displacement (cc / cu in):

2921 / 178

3651 / 223

5328  / 325

Bore & stroke (mm / in):

95.5 x 102 / 3.76 x 4

95.5 x 102 / 3.76 x 4

96 x 92  / 3.78 x 3.62

Block material:

Cast aluminum

Cast aluminum

Cast aluminum

Cylinder head material:

Cast aluminum

Cast aluminum

Cast aluminum

Valvetrain:

DOHC, continuously variable exhaust valve timing, four valves-per-cylinder

DOHC, continuously variable exhaust valve timing, four valves-per-cylinder

Overhead valve, two valves per cylinder; continuously variable valve timing

Ignition system:

Coil-on-plug, platinum-tipped spark plugs

Coil-on-plug, platinum-tipped spark plugs

Coil near plug, platinum-tipped spark plugs, low-resistance spark plug wires

Fuel delivery:

Sequential fuel injection

Sequential fuel injection

Sequential fuel injection

Compression ratio:

10:1

10:1

9.7:1

Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm):

185 / 138 @ 5600*

242 / 180 @ 5600*

300 / 224 @ 5200*

Torque (lb.-ft. / Nm @ rpm):

190 / 258 @ 2800*

242 / 328 @ 4600*

320 / 434 @ 3600*

Recommended fuel:

Regular unleaded

Regular unleaded

Regular unleaded

Maximum engine speed (rpm):

6300

6300

6000

Emissions controls:

Evaporative system, two close-couple and underfloor catalytic converters

Evaporative system, two close-couple and underfloor catalytic converters

Evaporative system, four close-couple and underfloor catalytic converters

Estimated fuel consumption:

 

 

 

Mi/imp.gal (city / hwy / combined)

2WD (Reg. & Crew Cab):
auto:
25 / 35 / 29
man:
25 / 36 / 29
4WD:
auto:
24 / 33 / 27
man:
24 / 35 / 28

2WD:
auto:
23 / 32 / 26
4WD:
auto:
22 / 31 / 25
Crew Cab:
2WD:
22 / 32 / 26
4WD:
21 / 30 / 24
Chassis Cab:
2WD:
20 / 28 / 24
4WD:
21 / 30 / 24

2WD:
auto:
20 / 29 / 23
4WD:
auto:
19 / 27 / 22
Crew Cab:
2WD:
20 / 29 / 23
4WD:
18 / 27 / 21

L/100km (city / hwy / combined)

2WD (Reg. & Crew Cab):
auto:
11.3 / 8.1 / 9.9
man:
11.4 / 7.8 / 9.8
4WD:
auto:
12.0 / 8.5 / 10.5
man:
11.7 / 8.1 / 10.1

2WD:
auto:
12.5 / 8.7 / 10.8
4WD:
auto:
12.9 / 9.0 / 11.2
Crew Cab:
2WD:
12.6 / 8.8 / 10.9
4WD:
13.3 / 9.3 / 11.5
Chassis Cab:
2WD:
13.8 / 10.0 / 12.1
4WD:
13.3 / 9.3 / 11.5

2WD:
auto:
14.4 / 9.9 / 12.4
4WD:
auto:
15.2 / 10.4 / 13.0
Crew Cab:
2WD:
14.4 / 9.9 / 12.4
4WD:
15.3 / 10.4 / 13.1


Transmissions

 

MA5

Hydra-Matic 4L60

Type:

Five-speed manual

Four-speed automatic

Gear ratios (:1):

 

 

First:

3.75

3.06

Second:

2.26

1.63

Third:

1.37

1.00

Fourth:

1.00

0.70

Fifth:

0.73

Reverse:

3.67

2.29

Axle ratios (:1):

3.73

3.73 (2.9L & 3.7L)
3:42, 3.73 & 4.10 (5.3L)


Chassis / Suspension

Front:

Independent with coil springs for 2WD; independent with torsion bars for all 4WD, Z71 2WD and Z85 2WD w/ V-8; with front stabilizer bar

Rear:

Live axle with steel leaf springs

Steering type:

Power-assisted rack-and-pinion

Steering ratio:

17.4:1 (2.9L & 3.7L w/ 2WD)
18.3:1 (2.9L & 3.7L w/ 4WD)
18.1:1 (5.3L w/o ZQ8)
14.5:1 (5.3L w/ ZQ8)

Steering wheel turns, lock-to-lock:

2WD Z85: 3.31
4WD: 3.20
Z71 (incl. 2WD): 3.20
5.3L w/o ZQ8: 3.08
5.3L w/ ZQ8: 2.73

Turning circle, curb-to-curb (m / ft):

2WD short wheelbase: 12 / 39.37
2WD long wheelbase: 13.5 / 44.3
4WD short wheelbase: 12.4 / 40.7
4WD long wheelbase: 13.5  / 44.3


Brakes

Type:

Vacuum power, front disc/rear drum, four-wheel anti-lock brakes

Rotor diameter x thickness (mm / in):

front:
298 x 29 / 11.7 x 1.1

Drum diameter x width (mm / in):

rear:
295 x 45 / 11.6 x 1.8

Rotor swept area (mm / in):

367.7 / 57

Drum swept area (sq cm / sq in):

449.6 / 69.6

Total swept area (sq cm / sq in):

2370  / 367.2


Wheels / Tires

Wheel size & type:

16-inch steel (std on work truck)
16-inch aluminum (LT)
17-inch chrome-clad (std on Z71)
18-inch aluminum (std on ZQ8)

Tires:

P235/75R16 all-season
P265/70R17 off-road (std on Z71)
P235/65R18 all-season (std on ZQ8)


Dimensions

Exterior

 

Regular Cab

Extended Cab

Crew Cab

Wheelbase (mm / in):

2WD:
2826 / 111.3
4WD:
2827 / 111.3

2WD:
3200 / 126
4WD:
3200 / 126

2WD:
3200 / 126
4WD:
3200 / 126

Overall length (mm / in):

2WD:
4886 / 192.4
4WD:
4886 / 192.4

2WD:
5260 / 207.1
4WD:
5260 / 207.1

2WD:
5260 / 207.1
4WD:
5260 / 207.1

Overall width (mm / in):

2WD:
1717 / 67.6
4WD:
1742 / 68.6

2WD:
1717 / 67.6
4WD:
1742 / 68.6

2WD:
1717 / 67.6
4WD:
1742 / 68.6

Overall height (mm / in):

2WD:
1649 / 64.9
4WD:
1718 / 67.6

2WD:
1649 / 64.9
4WD:
1718 / 67.6

2WD:
1656 / 65.2
4WD:
1723 / 67.9

Track (mm / in):

front 2WD:
1460 / 57.5
front 4WD:
1515 / 59.6
rear 2WD:
1460 / 57.5
rear 4WD:
1520 / 59.8

front 2WD:
1460 / 57.5
front 4WD:
1515 / 59.6
rear 2WD:
1460 / 57.5
rear 4WD:
1520 / 59.8

front 2WD:
1460 / 57.5
front 4WD:
1515 / 59.6
rear 2WD:
1460 / 57.5
rear 4WD:
1520 / 59.8

Minimum ground clearance front (mm / in)

 

 

 


Z85:
ZQ8:
Z71:

Z85:
ZQ8:
Z71:

2WD:
196 / 7.7
N/A
285 / 11.2
4WD:
258 / 10.2
N/A
285 / 11.2

2WD:
196 / 7.7
6.6 / 167
290 / 11.4
4WD:
264 / 10.4
N/A
290 / 11.4

2WD:
196 / 7.7
167 / 6.6
290 / 11.4
4WD:
264 / 10.4
N/A
290 / 11.4

Ground to top of load floor (mm / in)

 

 

 


Z85:
ZQ8:
Z71:

Z85:
ZQ8:
Z71:

2WD:
38
N/A
935 / 36.8
4WD:
907 / 35.7
N/A
935 / 36.8

2WD:
810 / 31.9
639 / 25.2
809 / 31.9
4WD:
764 / 30.1
N/A
809 / 31.9

2WD:
810 / 31.9
639 / 25.2
809 / 31.9
4WD:
764 / 30.1
N/A
809 / 31.9

Step-in height (mm / in)

 

 

 


Z85:
ZQ8:
Z71:

Z85:
ZQ8:
Z71:

2WD:
509 / 20
N/A
610 / 24.0
4WD:
582 / 22.9
N/A
610 / 24.0

2WD:
500 / 19.7
421 / 16.6
575 / 22.5
4WD:
543 / 21.3
N/A
575 / 22.5

2WD:
500 / 19.7
421 / 16.6
575 / 22.5
4WD:
543 / 21.3
N/A
575 / 22.5

Curb weight w/ Z85 suspension (kg / lb)

 

 

 

     I-4 with manual:

2WD:
1527 / 3366
4WD:
1671 / 3684

2WD:
1614 / 3559
4WD:
1759 / 3878

2WD:
1673 / 3688
4WD:
N/A

     I-4 with automatic:

2WD:
1542 / 3399
4WD:
1686 / 3718

2WD:
1629 / 3592
4WD:
1774 / 3911

2WD:
1688 / 3721
4WD:
N/A

     I-5 with manual:

2WD:
N/A
4WD:
N/A

2WD:
N/A
4WD:
N/A

2WD:
N/A
4WD:
N/A

     I-5 with automatic:

2WD:
1567 / 3455
4WD:
1714 / 3779

2WD:
1655 / 3649
4WD:
1802 / 3972

2WD:
1715 / 3782
4WD:
1846 / 4070

     V-8 with automatic:

2WD:
N/A
4WD:
N/A

2WD:
1764 / 3889
4WD:
1876 / 4136

2WD:
1820 / 4013
4WD:
1913 / 4218

 

Cargo box

 

Regular Cab

Extended Cab

Crew Cab

Cargo volume (L / cu ft):

1245 / 44

1245 / 44

1040 / 37

Length at floor (mm / in):

1848 / 72.8

1848 / 72.8

1551 / 61.1

Width at floor (mm / in):

1453 / 57.2

1453 / 57.2

1453 / 57.2

Width between wheelhousings (mm / in):

1081 / 42.6

1081 / 42.6

1081 / 42.6

Tailgate width (mm / in):

1331 / 52.4

1331 / 52.4

1331 / 52.4

Inside height (mm / in):

472 / 18.6

472 / 18.6

472 / 18.6

 

Interior

 

Regular Cab

Extended Cab

Crew Cab

Seating capacity:

2-3

4-5

5-6

Headroom (mm / in):

1006 / 39.6

front:
1006 / 39.6
rear
963 / 37.9

front:
998 / 39.3
rear:
973 / 38.3

Legroom (mm / in):

1118 / 44

front:
1118 / 44
rear:
587 /  23.1

front:
1118 / 44
rear:
883 / 34.8

Shoulder room (mm / in):

1450 / 57.1

front:
1450 / 57.1
rear:
1452 / 57.2

front:
1450  / 57.1
rear:
1452 / 57.2

Hip room (mm / in):

1354 / 53.3

front:
1354 / 53.3
rear:
1463 / 57.6

front:
1354 / 53.3
rear:
1343 / 52.9


Capacities

 

Regular Cab

Extended Cab

Crew Cab

GVWR standard (kg / lb)*:

2WD:
2200 / 4850
4WD:
2336 / 5150

2WD:
2268 / 5000
4WD:
2404 / 5300

2WD:
2268 / 5000
4WD:
2404 / 5300

Payload, base (kg / lb):

2WD:
645 / 1422
4WD:
636 / 1403

2WD:
625 / 1379
4WD:
617 / 1360

2WD:
567 / 1250
4WD:
530 / 1168

Fuel tank (L / imp.gal):

74.2 / 16.32

74.2 / 16.32

74.2 / 16.32

*5500 w/ 5.3L & Z71 (2WD & 4WD) or 5.3L & Z85 4WD

 

Vortec 2.9L I-4

Vortec 3.7L I-5

Vortec 5.3L V-8

 

manual

automatic

automatic

automatic

Maximum towing capacity (kg / lb)

 

 

 

 

   Regular cab 2WD:

1088 / 2400

1542 / 3400

1814 / 4000

N/A

   Regular cab 4WD:

953 / 2100

1406 / 3100

1814 / 4000

N/A

   Extended cab 2WD:

998 / 2200

1451 / 3200

2495 / 5500

2721 / 6000

   Extended cab 4WD:

862 / 1900

1315 / 2900

2495 / 5500

2721 / 6000

   Crew cab 2WD:

952 / 2100

1361 / 3000

2495 / 5500

2721 / 6000

   Crew cab 4WD:

N/A

N/A

2495 / 5500

2721 / 6000

Maximum tongue weight:

Trailer tongue weight should be 10 percent to 15 percent of total loaded trailer weight up to 400 lb / 182 kg

* SAE certified.

Note: Information shown is current at time of publication.

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