2017 Chevrolet Colorado Gets Eight-Speed Auto Transmission

2017 Chevrolet Colorado

Chevrolet have made some key changes to the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado in order to make it more exciting.

The vehicle receives updates to the 3.6-liter V6 motor while also getting an all-new eight speed automatic transmission. The latter is expected to be a major amongst consumers when it goes on sale in the fourth quarter of 2016. At present, the Chevrolet Colorado comes with a pretty dated six speed automatic transmission which has received several bad critics. However, the new eight speed automatic transmission will bring in the additional two gears at the same weight as before.

Chevrolet claims that the gearing has been modified extensively so as to help drivers pull even bigger loads from the start more easily, while economy should improve immensely on the highway due to the use of lower rear axle ratios. Higher first gear ratio and the top end ratios have been modified substantially for this purpose. Naturally, the use of eight gears would be expected to reduce RPMs while at cruising speeds on the highway.

Chevrolet Colorado

One of the primary reasons for Chevrolet working hard to include these aspects into the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado is the competition that includes the likes of Nissan Frontier, Toyota Tacoma, and the Honda Ridgeline. All these vehicles only offer six speed automatic transmissions and Chevrolet wanted to make the Colorado stand out from the crowd. The model gets marginal improvements in terms of power and torque figures. While the current edition makes 308 bhp and 275 lb-ft of torque, these figures have been increased by 3 bhp and 6 lb-ft of torque respectively. Even though these represent only marginal improvements, it does make a difference when it comes to economic figures.

Other improvements in terms of the powertrain include the availability of a new cylinder deactivation technology to save on gas when additional power is not required, improved variable valve timing, and improve direct injection. The current Chevrolet Colorado came out in 2015 with a major redesign, which meant that the 2016 edition only had new engine options without any major changes. Despite the lack of major improvements, the Chevrolet Colorado has been viewed as one of the best vehicles in its segment. The 2016 edition offers figures of 18/26 mpg for the 3.6-liter V6 motor while the four-cylinder version manages 20/27 mpg. Chevrolet has not announced details about pricing, which could go up slightly, of this new model.

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