Sunday, September 28, 2014

Chevrolet Introduces 2015 Colorado Sport Concept



GearOn system highlights lifestyle accessories for new midsize truck
 


DALLAS – With a pair of mountain bikes mounted and a weekend’s worth of gear stowed, Chevrolet’s Colorado Sport concept is ready for adventure. It was unveiled today at the State Fair of Texas, demonstrating the lifestyle-oriented versatility of Chevy’s all-new midsize pickup.

“It’s not just mountain bikes, but just about any passion you can name, from kayaking, fishing, dirt bikes and more,” said Tony Johnson, Colorado marketing manager. “It’s a truck for those who need the versatility of a pickup to support their work and lifestyle interests, but don’t need a full-size truck to do it.”

The 2015 Colorado is available in extended- or crew-cab models, with a choice of a 2.5L four-cylinder or 3.6L V-6 engine. The Colorado’s 2.5L is the segment’s most efficient, with an EPA-estimated 27 mpg on the highway (2WD models), and the 3.6L V-6 is the most powerful, at 305 horsepower. It also boasts the segment’s highest trailering rating – 7,000 pounds, when properly equipped.

The Colorado’s interior is tailored to meet the needs and expectations of today’s midsize truck customers. With a quiet cabin and thoughtfully functional interior, the Colorado offers the amenities that car and crossover drivers appreciate, including Chevy MyLink with a built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot and segment-first applications of Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Alert.

At the back of the Colorado, proven Chevrolet truck features offer conveniences not found in competitors’ vehicles, including an easy lift-and-lower tailgate and rear bumper assist steps, which make it easier to get at cargo in the bed. 




The Colorado also offers the GearOnTM Accessory System, an innovative and adjustable cargo solution that allows customers to stow larger items such as bikes and kayaks above the bed, leaving room for smaller gear, including coolers and tents, inside the bed. The GearOnTM System is at the heart of the Colorado Sport concept’s unique package of lifestyle and personalization accessories. Additional accessories on the truck – all available from Chevy dealers – include:
  • Assist steps
  • Cargo rings
  • Splash guards
  • Tiered storage
  • Bike rack
  • Cargo divider
  • Wheel lip moldings.

Accessories were at the heart of the development for the Colorado, giving the customers options to match its capabilities with integrated functionality and designs to complement its distinctive styling. GearOnTM accessories are designed, engineered, tested and backed by Chevrolet, and many can be ordered with the vehicle and included in the price. In fact, the cost of added accessories can be factored into financing for the Colorado, and all vehicle accessories are included in the new-vehicle warranty.

The Colorado Sport also wears unique concept wheels that are being evaluated for future production.

Prices for the 2015 Colorado start at $20,995, including $875 dealer freight, for a four-door extended cab model with a 200-horsepower four-cylinder engine. Chevrolet supports Colorado owners with two years or 24,000 miles (whichever comes first) of scheduled maintenance.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.9 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

2015 Chevrolet Colorado Drive Impressions: Video



We've just finished our first drive of the all-new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. We figured you'd be interested to know exactly what we thought as we drove just about every four- and six-cylinder iteration of the pickups; we even got to do some towing.

Look for the full story to come with more details and specifics about what we liked and what we hope will get better in the future.

Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Colorado and Canyon Will Lead Midsize Pickup Segment in Four-Cylinder Fuel Economy and Payload





DETROIT – The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon will offer segment-leading highway fuel efficiency for four-cylinder midsize pickup trucks, according to EPA fuel economy estimates. The Canyon will also offer segment-leading payload ratings. No competitor in the segment offers more payload capacity than the Colorado or Canyon.
The all-new midsize trucks, powered by the 2.5L four-cylinder engine with 2WD and available 6-speed automatic transmission, will have an EPA-estimated 20 mpg city and 27 mpg highway, for a combined 22 mpg rating overall.
Trucks outfitted with 4WD will have EPA-estimated 19 city mpg and 25 mpg highway for a combined 21 mpg, giving Colorado and Canyon segment-leading highway fuel efficiency and segment-leading power for a four-cylinder models with automatic transmissions.
With the 3.6L V-6 engine, payload ratings for the Colorado and Canyon are 1,590 pounds and 1,620 pounds, respectively. The difference is due to slight differences in curb weight – the Canyon has alloy wheels standard while the standard wheels on the Colorado are slightly heavier steel wheels.
 “Offering segment-leading four-cylinder fuel economy is yet another item to add to the Chevrolet Colorado’s long list of segment leads,” said Tony Johnson, Colorado marketing manager. “It shows once again how the midsize segment can benefit from a fresh competitor offering the latest technologies.”
“The 2015 GMC Canyon uses innovations like available active grille shutters, which close to get the most out of every gallon of fuel and open when more air is needed, like when transporting heavy loads” said Kenn Bakowski, Canyon marketing manager. “Having segment-leading V-6 and four-cylinder efficiency, plus the highest payload rating, proves GMC has applied the latest technologies in just the right places, and our customers reap the benefits.”

Colorado and Canyon fuel economy

Engine

Transmission

Drive
EPA Fuel Economy Estimates
City
Combined
Highway
200-hp 2.5L I-4 with direct fuel injection and continuously variable valve timing
6-speed automatic
2wd

20
22
27
4x4
19
21
25
6-Speed manual
2wd
19
22
26

The Colorado and Canyon began shipping to dealers last week. For the 2016 model year, Colorado and Canyon will add a 2.8-liter Duramax turbodiesel to the engine lineup. Technical details and EPA fuel economy estimates will be available closer to launch.
With the introduction of Colorado and Canyon, Chevrolet and GMC will offer customers more pickup choices than any other brand, including midsize, full-size light duty and heavy-duty pickups.

About Chevrolet
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.9 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.
               
About GMC
GMC has manufactured trucks since 1902, and is one of the industry's healthiest brands. Innovation and engineering excellence is built into all GMC vehicles and the brand is evolving to offer more fuel-efficient trucks and crossovers, including the Terrain small SUV and Acadia crossover. GMC is the only manufacturer to offer three full-size hybrid trucks with the Yukon, Yukon Denali SUVs and the Sierra pickup. The Sierra Heavy Duty pickups are the most capable and powerful trucks in the market. Details on all GMC models are available at http://www.gmc.com/, on Twitter at @thisisgmc or at http://www.facebook.com/gmc.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Colorado and Canyon Start Shipping to Dealers



New midsize trucks making their way to dealerships nationwide


WENTZVILLE, Mo. – The two newest entries in the midsize truck segment are one step closer to being on the road, with the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon shipping to dealers today.
Consumers have created more than 100,000 configurations of the trucks since the Colorado Build Your Own and Canyon Build Your Own websites went live on Sept. 3.
“The Colorado was designed to meet the demands of the modern midsized truck buyer, and now we’re fulfilling the demand they’ve placed on us,” said Brian Sweeney, U.S. vice president of Chevrolet. “Chevrolet and everyone at the Wentzville plant has worked hard to get the truck out on time to fulfill as soon as possible the orders our dealers have placed.”
Said Duncan Aldred, U.S. vice president of GMC: “We have heard our customers loud and clear – they want a modern midsize truck that’s refined and capable. We’re excited to introduce them to the Canyon. We’re confident the Canyon will redefine the segment, with the latest technologies and premium materials throughout.”
Both the Colorado and Canyon benefit from technologies like cabs and frames made with more than 72 percent high-strength steel, available active aero shutters to make the truck as aerodynamic as needed, and available OnStar with 4G LTE, creating a rolling Wi-Fi hotspot for up to seven mobile devices to connect to the Internet.
The duo’s available 3.6L V-6 engines return 18 mpg city and 26 mpg highway in 2wd form, making them the most fuel efficient V-6s in their class, offering three to five mpg better than their competitors.
For the 2016 model year, Colorado and Canyon will add a 2.8-liter Duramax turbodiesel to the engine lineup. Technical details and EPA fuel economy estimates will be available closer to launch.
With the introduction of Colorado and Canyon, Chevrolet and GMC will offer customers more pickup choices than any other brand, including midsize, full-size light duty and heavy-duty pickups.
About Chevrolet
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.9 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.
               
About GMC
GMC has manufactured trucks since 1902, and is one of the industry's healthiest brands. Innovation and engineering excellence is built into all GMC vehicles and the brand is evolving to offer more fuel-efficient trucks and crossovers, including the Terrain small SUV and Acadia crossover. GMC is the only manufacturer to offer three full-size hybrid trucks with the Yukon, Yukon Denali SUVs and the Sierra pickup. The Sierra Heavy Duty pickups are the most capable and powerful trucks in the market. Details on all GMC models are available at http://www.gmc.com/, on Twitter at @thisisgmc or at http://www.facebook.com/gmc.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

2015 Chevrolet Colorado ‘Build Your Own’ Site Goes Live



Customers can tailor midsize pickup 
for their wants and needs



DETROIT – Consumers can customize their brand-new, 2015 Chevrolet Colorado – available at dealers this fall – with a “Build Your Own” tool.
“Our truck lineup is all about giving truck buyers choice,” said Tony Johnson, Colorado marketing manager. “With the Build Your Own site, Colorado customers can equip their truck, request a quote from the dealer and even get a price on their trade-in.”
The Colorado base extended-cab model with a standard 200-horsepower, 2.5L four-cylinder engine starts at $20,995 including destination charge. The 305-horsepower 3.6L V-6 engine adds $1,220 and a 6-speed automatic adds $650. The customization goes from there. Sample builds include:
Towing: Colorado 4WD Crew Cab Short Box LT with a 3.6L V6 engine ($32,960) with automatic locking rear differential ($325) and Z82 trailering package ($250), Total suggested retail price: $33,535.
Mountain biking: Colorado 4WD Crew Cab Long Box Z71 ($35,290) with the GearOn™ Cross rails tiered storage system and moveable tie-down rings ($395), all-weather floor mats ($160) and spray-in bedliner ($475). Total suggested retail price: $36,320.
Commuting: Colorado 2WD Crew Cab Short Box LT ($27,985) with tri-fold tonneau cover ($595), spray-in bedliner ($475), the GearOn™ divider system and moveable tie-down rings ($495). Total suggested retail price: $29,550.
Regardless of what they build, all Colorado owners can stay connected with OnStar 4G LTE WiFi with a three-month or three-gigabyte trial, whichever comes first. Afterward, the Colorado's built-in Wi-Fi hotspot costs as little as $5 per month.
Editors’ Note: The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price includes destination freight charge but excludes tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.9 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.