PUTC Buyer's Guide: 2004 Chevrolet Colorado

 


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Price:
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Engines:
Three engines choices are expected for the Colorado

DOHC Vortec® I4
180hp (estimated)
190ft-lbs. of torque (estimated)

DOHC Vortec® I5
200-220hp (estimated)
200-230 ft-lbs. Of torque (estimated)

Turbocharged DOHC Vortec® I5
245-255 hp (estimated)
300ft-lbs. Of torque (estimated)

Transmissions:
Three transmission choices are expected for the Colorado

- 4L60-E Four-speed automatic

- Five Speed Manual

- Six Speed Manual Transmission (Sport / Performance Package only)

Competitors:
Ford Ranger
Dodge Dakota
Isuzu Midsize
Toyota Tacoma
Nissan Frontier
Mazda B-Series

 

 

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Overview:
Expected to make its debut for the 2004 model year, the Chevrolet Colorado will replace the very old S-10 and is part of a joint venture between Isuzu and GM.

The Colorado will move up the size ladder from the S-10 to have roughly the same dimensions as the 2002 Dodge Dakota.

Engine choices are expected to be a four-cylinder and two inline five cylinders - naturally aspirated or turbocharged. All engine versions will be based on the same GM Atlas architecture of the 4.2-liter Vortec 4200 inline six that debuted in the TrailBlazer SUV.

Exterior Design:
By the time it appears in 2004, the Colorado will share much of its aggressive looks with the rest of the GM truck family - similar to the 2002 Avalanche.

Interior Design:
Look for an interior very similar to the 2002 Trailblazer SUV.

Powertrain:
Engine choices for Chevrolet Colorado are expected to include an inline four cylinder, naturally aspirated inline five cylinder and turbocharged five cylinder. The I4 will be standard.

The I5 will be built at GM's Flint, Michigan plant, on the same lines as the six and it will also be produced in GM's other new inline engine plant, in Tonawanda, N.Y., sharing that facility with the inline 4.

The engines share roughly three-quarters of their parts. All are DOHC with four valves per cylinder, a high compression ratio (10.0:1), variable valve timing, coil-on-plug ignition, electronically controlled throttles and fuel injection.