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2016 Colorado 2.8L Duramax® Turbo-Diesel

The Chevy Colorado was named the Motor Trend Truck of the Year® for 2015. Fast forward a year later, and reminiscent of Groundhog Day, the 2016 Chevy Colorado has once again earned the award, but this year there’s a diesel twist.

The 2016 midsize truck model is available with a 181-horsepower, 2.8-litre inline-four Duramax diesel, making it the only truck in its class (along with the GMC Canyon cousin) to offer such an engine.

Some other reasons cited by reviewers for the back-to-back victories include capability, dynamic performance, and overall driver enjoyment. The truck is engineered to drive small and light, feeling more like a crossover than a truck, and resulting in unusually sharp steering and deft handling.

The Duramax 2.8L Turbo-Diesel engine provides an impressive 181 horsepower. It also offers torque of 369lb/ft, towing capacity of 7,700lbs, and fuel economy of 22 city/31 highway; each rating representing the Best-In-Class.

The cabin of the Duramax is very quiet thanks to added acoustic damping in the dash and engine cover, and a trick piece of engineering that cancels out the engine’s torsional vibrations.

Dubbed “immensely versatile”, the new Duramax delivers best-in-class fuel economy, superb drivability, and superior towing and payload capacity. Definitely worthy of the Motor Trend truck of the Year title two years running!

Click here to learn more about the 2016 Colorado 2.8L Duramax Turbo-Diesel.

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General Motors is Reportedly Looking to Diesel for more ½ Ton Economy

Recent improvements in Ford’s F-150 EcoBoost technology for its gas engines, and introduction of a small-displacement diesel engine in the Dodge RAM 1500 have left General Motors playing a game of catch-up in the ½ ton pickup segment.

Ford is getting around 30 mpg, and the RAM about 28. GM’s trucks are sitting around 24, putting them significantly behind the other North American manufacturers in a category that is increasingly valued by consumers. This circumstance has the company looking for ways to catch up in a hurry.

Following the 2014 RAM’s lead, it looks like the Silverado and Sierra could be in line for a diesel power plant, and maybe more than one option at that. In 2009, GM halted plans to offer a 4.5L diesel in its pickups, as it realigned itself in the wake of bankruptcy to consolidate models and concentrate on car production. There’s been some talk of “dusting off” this engine, which was on the verge of production, as well as the possibility of using a smaller, 2.8L I-4 engine that’s going to be optional equipment on the midsized Canyon and Colorado in 2016.

Whichever way they go, we’re happy to hear that GM is finally looking at diesel as a viable option for these popular pickups. Consumers want better mileage without sacrificing hauling and towing power, and that’s exactly what diesel delivers. A bold decision to put a diesel under the hood made the 2014 RAM the Motor Trend Truck of the Year®, and we’re betting a diesel powered Silverado/Sierra combination will be a winner for General Motors.

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