|Assembly||Shreveport, Louisiana, USA |
|Predecessor||Chevrolet S10/GMC Sonoma|
|Class||Mid-size pickup truck|
|Body style(s)||2-door |
|Layout||Front-engine, rear-wheel drive/four-wheel drive|
|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 |
|Wheelbase||Regular cab 111.2 in (2824 mm) |
Extended cab 126 in (3200.4 mm)
|Length||Regular cab 192 in (4877 mm) |
Extended cab 207.1 in (5260 mm)
|Width||68 in (1727.2 mm)|
|Height||65 in (1651 mm)|
|Related||Isuzu i-Series |
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.
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).
|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)|
|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)|
|2009||5.3 L (325 cu in) V8||300 hp (224 kW)||320 lb·ft (434 N·m)|
In the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's frontal offset test the Colorado is given an Acceptable overall score.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.
Yearly American sales figures
|Calendar Year||Total U.S. sales|
- Official site
- coloradofans.com - Largest Community for the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon
- 355nation.net - The Nation's Premier Colorado/Canyon Website
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