2017 Chevy Colorado Performance Takes Cues from Cadillac

Chevy has turned to Cadillac for ideas on how to make big improvements in the 2017 Chevy Colorado performance and other areas. Looking under the new Colorado’s hood, you see a Cadillac-inspired 3.6-liter V6 engine, which Chevy has adjusted for work use.

The new V6 makes small improvements in horsepower and torque, but the real improvements are in fuel economy and savings. The Cadillac V6 has variable valve timing as well as cylinder deactivation technology, which shuts off two cylinders when the load is light, saving fuel. Fuel economy figures haven’t been announced yet, but with a lower rear-axle that decreases engine work at freeway speeds, the new Colorado will most likely improve upon the 2016 model year in terms of EPA estimates.

The 8-speed automatic transmission features tech that helps drivers speed up when towing a large load. The other engines haven’t had any updates, though, so the Colorado will continue with its base 2.5-liter 4-cylinder and the available 2.8-liter 4-cylinder turbodiesel.

The release date for the 2017 Chevy Colorado has not yet been announced, but Chevy has confirmed that it will be sometime this fall. The Colorado will come with a variety of new paint options and packages, including a Custom Special Edition for the Work Truck trim.

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