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Diesel-powered 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Duramax Engine Specs Finally Released

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On: Fri, Jul 31, 2015 at 2:26PM | By: Teddy Field

Diesel-powered 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Duramax Engine Specs Finally Released

When GM announced they'd be making a diesel-powered midsize truck, the automotive world stood on its collective ear. Diesel engines are more efficient than gas mills, and they offer more power too. Americans don't typically buy diesel-engined vehicles, but that's slowly changing. And the 2016 Chevy Colorado Duramax offers 369 reasons to make the switch...

Last year, Chrysler launched the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, and it quickly became a best-seller. GM is hoping to take that success one step further, by offering a diesel option on their affordably priced Colorado. The 2016 Chevy Colorado Duramax will be powered by a 2.8-liter turbo diesel four-cylinder, which they just announced will produce 181hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. Although the horsepower number may look a little light, the torque figure is much more important on a truck.

Torque is a measure of the rotational force produced by an engine, and it's responsible for actually moving the vehicle from a dead stop. Therefore, the higher the torque figure, the more weight the truck will be able to move. In the case of the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Duramax, the diesel engine allows it to tow 7,700 lbs in 2WD, and 7,600 lbs with the 4WD Chevy Colorado Duramax Z71. That's considerably more than a 1/2-ton full size truck could pull 20 years ago.

Official fuel economy numbers have not been released, but they must announce them before the truck goes on sale this fall, so stay tuned. Besides the diesel engine, the Chevy Colorado Duramax will come standard with an engine braking function that uses engine compression to slow the vehicle once you release gas pedal (just like a big rig "Jake braking"). Other novel features include a 3.42 ratio automatic locking rear differential, a 2-speed transfer case on the Z71 4WD, and a trailer brake system.

With prices expected to start around $33,000, the 2016 Chevy Colorado Duramax will be a very capable hauler that will cost less to buy, and less at the pump than a comparable full size diesel truck.

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