The new 2018 Chevrolet Colorado is a perfect pickup truck for a person who does not really need a full-size truck on their hands. The update for this car was more than necessary, it is already the third year that the current Colorado has been out so they needed something new to help the car still be competitive and useful for the segment. The new model will be a twin car to the GMC Canyon in so many ways.
Although the changes will not be implemented in such a great effect, we expect from this car to have better performance and we also expect it to be more fuel efficient. They are also making the truck more refined but we are also getting the same kind of a truck when it comes to the size. The exterior updates are small but they are enough to keep the new Colorado afloat for at least a period of time now.
The newly redesigned Chevrolet Colorado will also be able to put up with the competition models a lot better. With the newest setup we get a car which offers a lot more and will be much suitable for the market. It comes in WT, LT, and Z71 configurations this year as well and we cannot wait to see it in action after its release date. Here is our take in this review.
When is the Release Date of the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado?
We can expect the release of the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado a lot sooner than initially believed. The car will probably grace the pavement of the streets by the end of this year. The model was first prepared for a release date in 2018 and it still remains a 2018 year model but will be available a bit sooner.
2018 Chevrolet Colorado Price
Although updated, the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado will only have a slight increase in its price. The current outgoing model has a base MSRP of 20,055 dollars and we are expecting it to be somewhere around 22,000 dollars, the most, for the entry level, while the upper trim will go up to 36,000 dollars tops.
What are the Exterior Changes?
Although the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado adopts some global styling cues it is still a very good looking car for its segment. This model manages to adopt a smaller and slimmer grille and has rising shoulder lines. This in a way changes and softens the usual silhouette of a pickup truck but the boxy fenders still make this model a truck. Although the lines are now softer, the model still exemplifies the necessary ruggedness it needs for the segment. The softer touches for the Colorado are actually made because of the global aspirations of this model, as it already bosts a lot of success with fans in Asia and South America, where the truck is being sold.
What are the Interior Additions?
Inside of the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado, there is a higher resemblance with the Silverado model. It appoints the style and the ruggedness of a Silverado truck but offers better finishes than a Tacoma model. The steering wheel is a bit beefy but has additional controls on it for better use. The shield-shaped dash has the primary controls and an LCD display while a shifter is mounted on a rather wide console which helps to split the cabin right in the middle. The redesign makes the inside of the Colorado just as truck like it needs to be and at the same time appoints some softer and elegant features.
2018 Chevrolet Colorado Engine Choices
What is great about the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado is that it offers various engine choices. There is a total of three variants offered and every buyer has something different to choose for their own use. A novelty for the Colorado but not for other GM products is the new V-6 engine which is rated at 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. This one comes with direct injection and cylinder displacement and also combines with an 8-speed automatic transmission.
A 2.8-liter turbodiesel inline-4 engine was introduced for the linkup for the first time last year and will continue to be used this year as well. It will provide us with 181 hp and 369 pound-feet of torque at just 2,000 rpm and also has a towing capacity of 7,700 pounds. The last option is the 4-cylinder gasoline engine offer that makes 200 hp and 191 lb-ft of torque.
0-60 mph Acceleration and Top Speed for the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado
The ability to accelerate to 60 mph for the new 2018 Chevrolet Colorado will not change. The car will retain the same amount of time to get to 60 mph from zero and does so in 6.1 seconds while attaining a top speed of 100 mph at the same time.
Fuel Economy Ratings
The model does not really have outstanding fuel economy even for the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado version. The most popular choice will probably be the V-6 motor as it is capable of making 18 mpg city, 25 highway, 20 combined, or 17/24/19 mpg with the all-wheel drive. The best fuel economy figures come with the 4-cylinder rear-wheel engine that make 20/27/22 mpg, and those figures will change to 20/26/22 mpg when opting for the automatic version, while with the all-wheel drive they come to 19/25/21 mpg. Finally the rear-drive turbodiesel option comes with an EPA rating of 22/30/25 mpg, while the figures change to 20/28/23 mpg for the all-wheel drive version.
Dimensions of the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado
The size will not change for the upcoming 2018 Chevrolet Colorado. The dimensions are going to be, full-length 212.7 inches, wheelbase 128.3 inches, height 70.6 inches, width 74.3 inches. The interior passenger volume amounts to 107 cu ft while the curb weight is 4493 lb.
The new version of the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado will simply transfer the crash testing results from the previous version for now. But unfortunately only the federal tests were done for the previous version and were not that much favorable for the model. In fact the NHTSA rated it with a 4-star overall, while the calculated rollover score was only 3-stars, The IIHS gives it top “Good” rating for its small overlap front test.
The standard set of safety equipment includes six standard airbags with larger side bags which help passengers from being ejected in a rollover. With the help of some over-sized side mirrors and a rearview camera we get better visibly. Other standard pieces of equipment include a stability-control system, hill-descent control systems and trailer sway control.
Other Rivaling Cars to Consider
Besides the obvious choices, the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado will still have some other rivaling models and vehicles which can be considered its substitutes in the segment. The obvious picks are the GMC Canyon and the Toyota Tacoma models, but other vehicles that also make it on the list are Honda Ridgeline and Nissan Frontier.