Oct 14, 2015 10:30 AM EDT

2016 Chevrolet Colorado Duramax Review & Specifications: Diesel Variant Pricing REVEALED

The 2016 Chevrolet Colorado joins the pick-up truck wars and it has an interesting advantage; it's the only vehicle to offer a diesel engine in ALL of North America's mid-sized truck market.

As reported by CNET, the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado "Duramax" is equipped with a turbocharged 2.8-liter engine that produces an output of 181 horsepower. If Chevy fans may notice, this particular engine boasts lower HP than the base model Colorado that has a 2.5-liter gasoline-powered Ecotec engine.

Although it lacks high revs, the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado has an impressive 369 pound-feet of torque, which is slightly higher than the Colorado that features a 3.6-liter gasoline engine.

The 2016 Chevrolet Colorado has essentially the same handling in all of its variants and was described as having a truck-like ride but with car-like steering. The leaf spring suspension of the truck has a tendency to crash over bumps rather than absorbing them particularly when the truck bed is empty, but, the Colorado never feels unstable and never rattles.

According to GM Authority, the 2.8-liter Duramax engine was tweaked for optimal conditions in the truck's home market. Furthermore, Chevrolet's engineers said that the engine is supposed to be very simple to work on compared to most modern engine applications.

For a truck, it's also surprisingly quiet but that may be due to Chevrolet adding three acoustic absorbers, extra steel and more deadening beneath the engine. Furthermore, it is complemented by a centrifugal pendulum absorber, which smoothens out a lot of the rough byproducts that diesel engines create.

In addition, Chevrolet was kind enough to address cold starting issues as it put a ceramic tip glow plug in each cylinder, which will pre-heat the combustion chamber, thereby making engine starting easy even in extreme cold.

As for the pricing, Gazette Dubai reports that the the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Duramax has a starting price of $33,705, about $3,730 higher than the V6 variant.

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