Published on October 11th, 2016 | by Subhash Nair0
Chevrolet Colorado Facelifted Driven: First Impressions
Chevrolet has an extensively upgraded Colorado in Malaysia, and it’s ready to take on the big boys. Although this technically constitutes a facelift, so much in this Colorado has been changed that not calling it new would be a big stretch.
It’s available with 3 engine and 2 transmission choices, leading to 5 pre-set varieties. They are as follows:
|Engine (2nd Gen Duramax)||Transmission||Power||Torque|
|2.5 LT Manual||2.5-litre Fixed Geometry Turbo Diesel||6-Speed Manual||163hp||380Nm|
|2.5 LT Auto||2.5-litre Variable Geometry Turbo Diesel||6-Speed Auto with Manual Shifting Mode||180hp||440Nm|
|2.5 LTZ Auto||2.5-litre Variable Geometry Turbo Diesel||6-Speed Auto with Manual Shifting Mode||180hp||440Nm|
|2.8 LTZ Auto||2.8-litre Variable Geometry Turbo Diesel||6-Speed Auto with Manual Shifting Mode||193hp||500Nm|
|2.8 High Country Auto||2.8-litre Variable Geometry Turbo Diesel||6-Speed Auto with Manual Shifting Mode||193hp||500Nm|
These can be had in 5 colours, namely: Blue Mountain, Switchblade Silver, Black Meet Kettle, Summit White, and Pull Me Over Red.
We were lucky enough to test out the 2.8 High Country Auto Variant today, and we can report that it’s a thoroughly modern pick-up truck.
Three major aspects to this new Colorado stood out:
This pickup is rocking Apple CarPlay (and will have support for Android Auto when it rolls out officially in Malaysia). It even has remote start, absent elsewhere in the segment.
If that’s not enough, there’s a Lane Departure Warning system and Forward Collision Alert as well. The Multi Info Display and large infotainment unit use extremely high resolution screens and animations are great.
Just like the outgoing Colorado, this new vehicle is as tough as ever. With Hill Descent Control, Anti-Rolling Protection, and a tyre pressure monitoring system in place, the new car feels better equipped to take on some very rough terrain.
The outstanding switch-on-the-fly 4WD system is still very capable. With 500Nm of torque to play with, there’s nothing the new Colorado can’t get itself out of. We managed a couple of hours of light off-roading and felt that it was still as indomitable as ever despite the tech upgrades.
While the exterior is immediately striking with the new daytime running lights and chiseled looks, it’s the cabin that really stands out.
In here it’s very American. All elements of Isuzu heritage have been completely removed. Instead, there’s a very modern, premium looking dashboard with soft touch panels, stitching and extensive use of brown trim pieces to give it an edge over its competition in terms of feel.
The rear seats are nice and comfy. While blowers are absent here, there is still a 12V power socket and an accommodating armrest will definitely make it easier to live with here.
Starting at RM95,000, the Colorado puts itself close to the competition.
But with a 5 year/200,000km warranty and equipment rarely seen in this segment, it has what it takes to stand out from the pack. In fact, for the amount of kit you’re getting, the Colorado is definitely value-packed. Find it in showrooms soon!