Chevrolet updates Colorado with new V6 and 8-speed transmission


2017 model year Chevrolet Colorado comes with new V6 and eight-speed transmission image

Thanks to the new tech, power increases to 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque (up from 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque). Chevy is on track to sell over 160,000 Colorado trucks in its first two years on market. Many experts and buyers concluded the Chevrolet Colorado midsize pickup is a good option and now the company is delivering two crucial upgrades that will make it even more worthwhile.

The new Chevrolet Colorado is a popular vehicle among pickup trucks and when you see the design of it you can understand why. Variable Valve Timing response improves, the direct injection process is more refined, and for the first time, Active Fuel Management enters the picture.

The 3.6-liter V6 is the same engine found in the Cadillac, ATS, CTS, CT6, and XT5 crossover, a Chevrolet spokesperson confirmed. The truck will be made available with a more potent V6 and this new engine will be mated to a new eight-speed automatic. Like the Camaro’s extensive transmission development, Colorado’s Hydra-Matic 8L45 is of similar size and weight as the outgoing 6L80 six-speed automatic.

On the heels of strong sales numbers, the engineers went to the drawing board for 2017, according to Ludlow. The trans has a wider 7.0 overall gear ratio giving it a numerically higher first gear helping to start when hauling heavy loads while improving highway efficiency.

Chevrolet has announced a couple important new updates for the mid-size Colorado truck for the 2017 model year.

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