Chevrolet Colorado

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Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon
GMC Canyon crew cab
ManufacturerGeneral Motors
Production2004–present
AssemblyShreveport, Louisiana, USA
Rayong, Thailand
PredecessorChevrolet S10/GMC Sonoma
ClassMid-size pickup truck
Body style(s)2-door
4-door
LayoutFront-engine, rear-wheel drive/four-wheel drive
PlatformGMT355
Engine(s)2.8 L (2770 cc, 169 cu in) LK5 I4
2.9 L (2923 cc, 178 cu in) LLV I4
3.5 L (3460 cc, 211 cu in) L52 I5
3.7 L (3653 cc, 223 cu in) LLR I5
Transmission(s)5-speed manual
4-speed automatic
WheelbaseRegular cab 111.2 in (2824 mm)
Extended cab 126 in (3200.4 mm)
LengthRegular cab 192 in (4877 mm)
Extended cab 207.1 in (5260 mm)
Width68 in (1727.2 mm)
Height65 in (1651 mm)
RelatedIsuzu i-Series
Holden Rodeo
Isuzu D-Max
Hummer H3
Hummer H3T

The Chevrolet Colorado and its counterpart, the GMC Canyon, are General Motors' mid-size pickup trucks introduced in 2004 to replace the Chevrolet S-10 and GMC Sonoma. Isuzu, which participated in the design the truck, began selling a version of the truck in late 2005 named the "i-Series". The Chevrolet Colorado was jointly designed by GM's North American operations, GM's Brazil operations, and Isuzu, based on the GMT355, itself the basis for the GMT 345-based Hummer H3. The vehicles are manufactured and produced at a GM plant in Rayong, Thailand, and in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Chevrolet Colorado LS regular cab
Chevrolet Colorado extended cab

The Colorado/Canyon offer both manual and automatic transmissions. GM also offers either a rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive drivetrain with standard, extended, and four-door crew cab bodystyles. Most models come with the 2.8 L (2770 cc, 169 cu in) LK5 I4 engine as standard, but a more powerful 3.5 L (3460 cc, 211 cu in) L52 Straight-5 comes with the Z71 package on 4-door versions and is optional on all others. The 4-door Z71s also get the 4-speed automatic transmission standard. This package was later dropped in favor of LT2 and LT3.

A ZQ8 edition is available with a lower and more road-tuned "sport" suspension than the standard Z85 and comes with 17 inch wheels, color-matched bumper and grille, and low profile fender flares. There is also a Xtreme edition of the ZQ8 which has a different front bumper, rear bumper, side skirts, fender flares, grille, headlights, and 18 inch wheels. The Xtreme edition is basically a continuation of a trim package from its predecessor, the Chevrolet S-10.

For 2007, Colorado/Canyons offer new engines, which include the 2.9 L (2923 cc, 178 cu in) LLV I4 and 3.7 L (3653 cc, 223 cu in) L5R I5, new colors — Deep Ruby (Sonoma Red for the Canyon), Pace Blue (Sport Blue for the Canyon) and Imperial Blue (Midnight Blue for the Canyon), and new tires and wheels.

Colorado/Canyon U.S. sales peaked in 2005 at 163,204 units, surpassing the perennial segment leader, the Ford Ranger, by almost 35% and just 3.3% behind the new best-seller, the Toyota Tacoma. In 2006, however, while still leading the Ford pickup by 27.5%, Colorado/Canyon's sales lagged their Toyota competitor's by almost 34%.

Despite crew cabs being limited to LT trims which most other Chevrolet vehicles only offer front bucket seating with the trim; the LT crew cabs are the only trims of the Colorado to have 6-passenger seating (i.e. with front bench seating).

Engines

Years Engine Power Torque
2004–2006 2.8 L (173 cu in) LK5 I4 175 hp (130 kW) 185 lb·ft (251 N·m)
2007-2009 2.9 L (178 cu in) LLV I4 185 hp (138 kW) 195 lb·ft (264 N·m)[1]
2004–2006 3.5 L (214 cu in) L52 I5 220 hp (164 kW) 225 lb·ft (305 N·m)
2007-2009 3.7 L (223 cu in) LLR I5 242 hp (180 kW) 242 lb·ft (328 N·m)[1]
2009 5.3 L (325 cu in) V8 300 hp (224 kW) 320 lb·ft (434 N·m)[2]

Safety

In the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's frontal offset test the Colorado is given an Acceptable overall score.[3]In the side impact test of the Colorado without optional side airbags resulted in a Poor overall rating. The vehicle's structure is rated Poor as well.[4]

Yearly American sales figures

Calendar Year Total U.S. sales
2004[5] 117,475
2005 128,359
2006[6] 93,876
2007 89,552
2008[7] 67,447

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Chevrolet Colorado being used by Police in Olympia, Washington