If you’ve been within earshot of Harbin Automotive at any time during the last 18 months, you’ve undoubtedly heard us talking about the Chevy Colorado quite a bit. It’s quickly become one of our hottest sellers, a testament to the fact that Alabama drivers still desire a midsize pickup just as they always have. The style, the performance, the slick interior features — there’s certainly a lot to love, right? Still, many felt that something was missing from the lineup, and now we’ve received word that this void will be filled by the 2016 Chevy Colorado Duramax diesel, which we expect to arrive in fall of this year. There’s much to discuss about the specific of this exciting edition, so gets right to it.
Here’s what we know so far about the 2016 Colorado Duramax. It’s a four-cylinder turbodiesel, and it will slot in nicely with the existing pair of gas-powered options. The 2.8L Duramax is set to reward drivers with 181 hp and a pretty astounding 369 lb-ft of torque, which projects to be the highest torque in the midsize pickup segment. (The it does this in a four-cylinder is even more surprising.)
In terms of towing, the newest Colorado Duramax also sets heads a’spinning with numbers that aren’t necessarily expected. The Duramax tows up to 7,700 pounds, which close-watchers will notice is more than the existing V6 Colorado gets and is good for best-in-class status. Each vehicle also receives the Z82 trailering package that features an exclusive trailer brake controller as well as a new, electronically controlled two-speed transfer case for all 4WD configurations. Given all of these figures, we can expect this to be the most agile Colorado yet.
When it arrives at Harbin Auto in a few months, the Colorado Duramax will be offered in the LT or Z71 Crew Cab configurations, in either 2WD or 4WD. Each will have a six-speed automatic transmission and automatic-locking rear differential, as well as the new Centrifugal Pendulum Vibration Absorber on the torque converter to limit engine vibration.
To learn more about the upcoming arrival of the 2016 Chevy Colorado Duramax diesel at Harbin Automotive, visit our dealership today!