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2017-Chevrolet-Colorado Cerrone ChevroletThere are some substantial changes coming to the new Chevrolet Colorado pickup, even though it was just introduced last year. Then engine is being revised, although still a naturally aspirated V6. The the bigger change is making the eight-speed automatic standard equipment, instead of the six-speed that was standard.

In addition to the mechanicals, the Colorado will get some interior and option upgrades as well. As Anita Burke, Chevy’s chief engineer for the Colorado was quoted ”
“Customers made the Colorado an overnight success and it remains one of the industry’s hottest-selling products. That fast success has justified our continued investment in midsize pickups, introducing new features for our customers such as the class-exclusive diesel engine, advanced technologies like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and now a class-leading V6 and eight-speed automatic powertrain combination.”

The new engine sees it’s improvements from an optimized variable valve timing setup for both the intake and exhaust ports, along with an improved direct fuel injection system, and the addition of GM’s patented Active Fuel Management cylinder deactivation.

There’s a slight increase in performance, as the Colorado now is rated at Active Fuel Management was 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque.

The updated 2017 Chevrolet Colorado should be on sale at the beginning of the fourth quarter of 2016. The entire lineup of Chevrolet Cars, Trucks, SUVs and Commercial Truck line is available at Cerrone GM in Attleboro Mass.