The little 2.8L Duramax Turbo-Diesel has 181 HP but 369 Lb-Ft of pure ‘Murican torque…actually the motor was built in Thailand. But still!
We’ve waited over a year for Chevrolet to release its Duramax Turbo-Diesel that will be stuffed into the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon and finally it’s here. Earlier today (July 28, 2015) GM went ahead and released pricing information on the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado equipped with a 2.8 L Duramax Diesel. Compared to it’s 3.6L V6 counterpart, the Diesel option carries a $3,730 premium and you lose 124 HP but gain a whopping 100 lb-ft of torque at 2000 RPM less. As predicted, the 2.8L Duramax turbo-diesel makes 181 HP at 3,400 RPM and 369 Lb-Ft at 2000RPM. And you can bet your life on those numbers as it’s SAE certified power.
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According to GM, features included with the Diesel variant include a smart diesel exhaust brake (no not a jake brake), power is paired to a 6L50 six-speed automatic, there’s an integrated trailer brake control, 3.42 rear axle ratio and a maximum trailering rating of 7,700 pounds for 2WD models and 7,600 for 4WD models. You can hook up an aluminium open trailer and tow all your equipment plus your racecar anywhere you want now.
According to the press release, additional engine features include,
- Iron cylinder block and aluminum DOHC cylinder head
- Forged steel crankshaft and connecting rods
- Oiling circuit that includes a dedicated feed for the turbocharger to provide increased pressure at the turbo and faster oil delivery
- Piston-cooling oil jets
- 16.5:1 compression ratio
- Common rail direct injection fuel system
- Ceramic glow plugs for shorter heat-up times and higher glow temperatures
- Balance shaft that contributes to smoothness and drives the oil pump
- Laminated steel oil pan with upper aluminum section that contributes to engine rigidity and quietness
- B20 bio-diesel capability.
So there you have it folks. You complained to GM to include a Diesel option and GM listened. Ever since the Colorado/Canyon were introduced back in September and people have caught wind of the little pickup, sales have steadily grown and have grown well. In October when GM had a solid month of sales, they sold 1,491 units. Compare that to just last May when they had their best sales month yet at 8,881 units. A diesel option can only help that number. So if you want to see a diesel included again for the next generation of Colorado, go out and vote with your dollars.