2014 Chevrolet Colorado Offers Leading Fuel Economy, Cargo-carrying Capability
The Chevrolet Colorado is a midsize pickup representing the most extensive clean-sheet midsize truck program in Chevrolet’s 102-year history. It took a five-year and US$2 billion to be developed.
Based on GM’s global body-on-frame, rear-drive midsize truck architecture, the Colorado is designed, engineered and executed to deliver best-in-class appearance, performance, versatility and refinement.
With a choice of two body styles - regular cab and crew cab, the Colorado offers two gasoline engines, which incorporate a host of technologies aimed at delivering an optimal balance of power, performance and fuel economy.
A four-cylinder 2.4 L DOHC 4-cylinder engine matched to a five speed manual transmission is rated at 150 horsepower and 229 Nm of torque, while achieving best in segment fuel economy of 10.4 L/100km.
A 3.6 L High-Feature V-6 with Variable Valve Timing matched with six speed automatic transmissions is rated at 236 horsepower and 329 Nm of torque, with fuel economy of 11.5 L/100km. The 3.6L V6 engine is only available for the crew cab model.
The 2014 Colorado is available in LS and LT models.
Heavy-duty capability matched with a car-like ride
The 2014 Colorado delivers ride and handling characteristics unexpected of a midsize pickup thanks to two levels of chassis and suspension tuning. As a result, it is equally adept both at hauling and towing and at serving as a day-to-day city commuter.
The refined ride and handling package comes as a result of the Colorado’s strengthened chassis, which features outstanding torsional rigidity aided by eight cross members in its step-ladder frame. The stiffer chassis also allowed engineers to identify and dial out noise, vibration and harshness from the cabin.
All Colorado models – including high- and low-stance variants – are equipped with a double wishbone suspension with coil-over, twin-tube shocks, a solid stabilizer bar on the front and a Hotchkiss configuration in the rear.
For the high-stance vehicles, the rear leaf springs are over the rear axle – a design known as “overslung” – for increased ground clearance.
In conjunction with a stiffer chassis, which also offers better overall structural integrity, the Colorado comes with a host of active and passive safety features. They include anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution, hydraulic brake assist, cornering brake control, and driver and occupant front air bag protection.
The vehicle’s safety credentials are further enhanced by side impact protection beams and a collapsible steering column which retracts into the front console to avoid contact with the driver during a frontal collision.
A four-wheel-disc brake system with ABS featuring smooth, quiet operation, longer pad life and more resistance to brake pulsation is standard on LT models.
The Colorado’s bold road presence was created by the GM South America Design Center in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and takes many cues from the three stunning Colorado concept vehicles that starred at global auto shows in Thailand, Argentina, Australia, Dubai and Germany in 2011.
Design highlights include a dramatic power dome in the hood which combined with a raised cowl, gives the Colorado a strong, purposeful appearance. Higher-mounted dual projector headlamps are positioned beneath the power dome, emphasizing the visual strength in the face of the vehicle.
Also prominent is the contemporary dual-port grille – an unmistakable Chevrolet cue – that carries a three-dimensional grille mesh. Chrome appointments in the grille surround, door handles, tailgate handle, mirror caps, and headlamps and fog lamps on high-level models provide a premium appearance.
That premium appearance is also reflected by detailed sheet metal work throughout the exterior, including the hood and door panels, which blend layers of natural light for a rich, uncluttered, natural surface appearance.
With a flowing instrument panel, integrated center stack and trademark Chevrolet dual cockpit design, the interior of the Colorado combines car-like characteristics with the boldness expected of a pickup.
Boasting segment-leading front- and second-row shoulder room, headroom and seat height, the Colorado provides outstanding levels of interior comfort for the driver and passengers alike.
Designers also carried the premium finish expressed so boldly in the Colorado’s exterior into the interior with the use of chrome appointments around the shifter and shifter head; steering wheel bezels; HVAC controls; door pulls; door appliqués; and surrounding the radio head.
The use of LED backlighting in the instrument cluster and HVAC controls in Chevrolet’s trademark “Ice Blue” illumination provides a high-definition appearance.
The Colorado also includes a vast amount of storage locations designed to be best in class. The regular cab has 16 storage locations, while the crew cab has 30.
Seats feature flat-woven cloth fabric with matching IP inserts. They carry sculpted edges and have dual-density foam construction.