2017 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 – the newest off-road monster, and the same time truck for everyday. The Colorado has already been updated for the 2017 model year with a new trim level and with an all new engine. Besides this, the car’s exterior has been slightly upgraded on the higher end models and there are more features available for the buyer to choose from.As you can to imagine, Chevy Colorado is one of the most popular trucks in North America. For 2015 year, Colorado is a winner, the best truck of the year. That is a very big award. Here’s the latest model in Colorado’s lineup.
Changes and Improvements
The new Z71 comes with a lot of changes, most of them being on the outside. If the name doesn’t ring any bells, the Z71 package is GM’s off-road trim level which will add a lot of cool new features on the truck that are meant to make it more capable in off-road. The chassis remained the same but it comes with an all new more durable suspension system with a longer than usual travel. The wheels are all new as well with 17 inch rims with off-road tires being offered as standard.
On top of that, the underside of the truck lost the usual plastic shield and it got replaced by a steel protection for its differential and transfer case which should provide a lot more protection in off-road. Unfortunately the great underside protection that also covers the engine and gearbox is unavailable on this particular model.
Under the Hood
Under the hood of the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 there are two possible engines available. As standard it comes with the 3.6 liter naturally aspirated V6 which is very capable at 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque which are enough to provide a towing rating of up to 7,000 pounds. The option comes in the form of a 2.8 liter Duramax inline 4 diesel which has been rumored for a long time now.
This makes a rather unimpressive 181 horsepower but a massive 369 lb-ft of torque which means a towing rating of 7,700 pounds for the rear wheel drive model, more than any other truck in its class. Also, the Z71 model comes as standard with hill descent control and a very useful limited slip rear differential.
Transmission and MPG
The V6 is available only with a 6 speed automatic while the diesel gets a more impressive and far more refined 8 speed automatic that will handle the extra torque a lot better. Just like with the other trim levels, rear wheel drive is standard but the four wheel drive system is also available as an option. The V6 will get 17 MPG in the city and up to 24 MPG on the highway while the diesel is far more impressive than that with over 23 MPG in the city and as much as 30 MPG on the highway which is very impressive.
Redesign – a mix of off-road and everyday vehicle
The exterior of the truck is based on the usual model but the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 adds a lot of new features. Besides the new gloss black 17 inch rims, it gets black badges in the front and at the back, black instead of chrome grille and rear bumper as well as black inserts on the sides. As standard it will also get side steps and a sports bar in the bed which houses two LED flood-lights that could prove really useful during off-road use. As standard it also gets Xenon headlights, fog-lights as well as LED daytime running lights.
Inside the cabin of the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 the interior is pretty much identical to that of any other model. However, GM added a bit more insulation which not only makes the cabin quieter but it also eliminates some of the diesel’s vibrations. The new Z71 brings some gadgets, such as 8-inch touch screen based on MyLink software and more system electronics. Crew Cab edition is better choice, if you want more space in cabin or more than 2 people.
2017 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Price
The best part from all of this is that the truck will be available for sale in the United States in early 2016, and its top end model, the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 starts at just under $31,000, better than most other trucks in its class that offer the same level of features and comfort. On the other hand, Crew Cab 4WD costs at $42,000 and Trail Boos around $32,325.
The biggest competitors are Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro and Ram 1500 Rebel.
- The base model is available with 2.8 L Duramax engine
- Agressive and handsome design, changes and updates
- Inaccessible price, especially when it comes about diesel edition
- In offer 2WD
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