With its feature-laden interior, and refined interior, the fresh 2018 Chevrolet Colorado promises to be a very appealing option to a full-size truck or a mid-size pickup. Some of its strengths include plenty of high-tech features, comfortable ride, maneuverable size, and fuel-efficient engines. Its release date is set for this fall.
A first for the 2018 Colorado include an upgraded driver information display for both the Z71 and LT models, and an optional diesel four-cylinder engine. Also, the Apple CarPlay is now supported by the MyLink touchscreen display.
Many rejoiced when the current generation model debuted two years ago. It was appealing in comparison with older rivals in its class; offered a thriftier cabin that came chock full of upscale technologies; and had fuel-sipping engines. For 2018, things have gotten even better. For instance, the 2018 model comes with a diesel engine that not only promises performance, but also saves you some bucks at the pump.
The engine tidbits might not sound so impressive. After all, the output stands at 181 hp. What sweetens the deal, though, is the amazing 369 pounds of torque, which is far more the output you can get with the petrol V6. For starters, that torque means that you handle more towing jobs with your Colorado while still enjoying a stronger and smoother experience.
Another upgrade worth a second mention is the Apple CarPlay smartphone integration that now features the MyLink infotainment interface. This, according to Chevy, should make any tech-savvy user excited. The full-size Silverado is also set to get the connectivity for 2018.
If you’ve been shopping in this segment, you’ll probably come across other alternatives. Chief among them is the Toyota Tacoma 2018, it comes with a superior approach angle, higher ground clearance, and a real-mountain goat. Also, its technology offerings have gone a bit higher. Other options include the Dodge’s RAM 1500, and 2018 Nissan Frontier. However, most people should find the street-based Colorado pleasing and enjoyable with its diverse talent galore.
Chevrolet Colorado – Available Trims
Offered in both two- and four-seat five-seat crew cab and extended-cab body styles, the new 2018 Chevrolet Colorado comes in a whopping four trims: Base, Work Truck, LT, and Z71. The 2018 Chevrolet Colorado Duramax is reviewed separately.
Exterior Review & Interior Configurations – 2018 Chevrolet Colorado
The Base comes equipped with vinyl upholstery, 16” steel wheels, adjustable steering wheel, automatic headlights, rear-seat delete, power windows, a six-speaker FM/AM audio system, auxiliary audio jack, a 4.2” touchscreen display, a tilt-only steering wheel, daytime running lights, air-conditioning, and a rearview camera.
Stepping up to the Work Truck trim which is available in both the crew cab and extended cab body styles gets you floor mats and carpeting, cloth upholstery, and fold-up rear jump seats. It also comes with a desirable list of options including remote keyless entry, enhanced visibility, 16” alloy wheels, a driver side convex “spotter” mirror, theft-deterrent system, body-color exterior trim, and chrome beltline trim.
The upgraded audio package adds Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a spray-on beadliner, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity, a 4.2” display, and an automatic locking rear differential.
Opting for the LT gets you 17” alloy wheels, an 8” touchscreen display, satellite radio, smartphone app integration, four USB ports, illuminated visor mirrors, adjustable leather-wrapped steering wheel, telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, voice and steering wheel controls, and an overhead console.
The plush 2018 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 adds hill-descent control, LED daytime running lights, an off-road-oriented suspension system, leatherette/cloth upholstery, grille surround, locking rear differential, and dark-tinted 17” alloy wheels. Several packages are offered for the Z71 including but not limited to the Trail Boss, Safety, and Truck Appearance packages.
Engine Specs – 2018 Chevrolet Colorado
The Base and WT models come equipped with a 2.5L four-cylinder engine rated at 200 horsepower and 191 pounds of torque. Towing capacity stands at 3,500 pounds.
A 3.6L V6 good for 305 hp and 269 pounds of torque is also available as an option. Its maximum towing capacity stands at 7,000 pounds. EPA ratings stand at 18/26/21mpg in the city/highway/combined for the two wheel drive, and 17/24/20 mpg for the 4WD.
The Z71 and LT models are offered with a 2.8L turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated at an impressive 369 pounds of torque and 181 hp. When properly equipped, the diesel Chevy can achieve a maximum towing capacity of 7,700 pounds.
Price & 2018 Chevrolet Colorado Release Date
Expect to pay an MSRP starting from $20,100 for the Base model, and up to $28,155 for the Z71 trim. The 2018 Chevrolet Colorado release date should be expected this fall.