Tech Spec: 2015 Chevrolet Colorado

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The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado is an all-new midsize pickup with style and versatility of a truck and the refinement, maneuverability and efficiency of a crossover.

The Colorado is available in four-door extended- or crew-cab models with a choice of a four-cylinder or a V-6 engine and offering highway efficiency of up to EPA-estimated 27 mpg highway for the four-cylinder and 26 mpg with the V-6 (2WD models), when properly equipped. The Colorado also offers the segment’s highest-available trailering rating: 7,000 pounds with the available V-6 engine and heavy-duty towing package. Traditional truck features such as four-wheel drive and a flexible bed with Chevy’s GearOn system are also available.

Four-wheel disc brakes with four-piston front calipers are standard and feature the Duralife brake rotors pioneered on the Silverado. The four-wheel drive system employs an electronically controlled transfer case that allows the driver to shift from 2WD to 4WD. The driver can select from three modes: 2WD, 4WD Hi or 4WD Lo.

The 2.5L and 3.6L engines offered in the Colorado are tuned uniquely for truck duty, including more torque at lower- and mid-range rpm levels. The 2.5L engine is rated at 200 horsepower (149 kW) and 191 pound-feet of torque (259 Nm), with approximately 90 percent of the peak torque available from 2,000 rpm to 6,200 rpm. The 3.6L  engineis rated at 305 horsepower (227 kW) and 269 pound-feet of torque (365 Nm).

Aluminum blocks and forged-steel crankshafts, along with dual-overhead camshafts with variable valve timing, direct injection and jet-spray piston cooling are features shared on both engines.

All models are matched with a six-speed automatic transmission that complements the truck-tuned engines with features that make hauling and trailering easier and more comfortable, including auto grade braking and a tow/haul mode. Extended cab 2WD WT models are equipped with the 2.5L engine are also available with a six-speed manual transmission.

Inside, the Colorado boasts enhanced headroom, halo lighting on key controls, standard center console and door-to-door under-seat storage.

The 2015 Colorado offers both car and crossover amenities. It also offers innovative features such as Chevy MyLink with a built-in available 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Alert.

The all-new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado carries a starting Manufacturer’s Recommended Starting Price of $20,995. A top-of-the-line Chevrolet Colorado Z71 with exterior convenience package, GearOn Divider Package, navigation and a hitch trailering package will cost a driver just under $37,000.

Servicing the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado

Because of the way people use vehicles, maintenance needs vary. Some vehicles may require checks and services more frequently. The Additional Required Services – Normal are for vehicles that carry passengers and cargo within recommended limits on the Tire and Loading Information label, are driven on reasonable road surfaces within legal driving limits and use the recommended fuel. The Additional Required Services – Severe are for vehicles that are mainly driven in heavy city traffic in hot weather, in hilly or mountainous terrain, frequently towing a trailer, used for high-speed or competitive driving or used for taxi, police or delivery service.

When the “Change Engine Oil Soon” message displays, have the engine oil and filter changed within the next 600 miles (1,000 km). If driven under the best conditions, the engine oil life system may not indicate the need for vehicle service for up to a year. The engine oil and filter must be changed at least once a year, and the oil life system must be reset.

Every 7,500 miles (12,000 km):

• Rotate tires

• Check engine oil level and oil life percentage. If needed, change engine oil and filter and reset oil life system

• Check engine coolant level

• Check windshield washer fluid level

• Visually inspect windshield wiper blades for wear, cracking, or contamination; replace worn or damaged wiper blades

• Check tire inflation pressures

• Inspect tire wear

• Visually check for fluid leaks

• Inspect engine air cleaner filter

• Inspect brake system

• Visually inspect steering suspension and chassis components for damaged, loose or missing parts or signs of wear

• Check restraint system components

• Visually inspect fuel system for damage or leaks

• Visually inspect exhaust system and nearby heat shields for loose or damaged parts

• Lubricate body components

• Check starter switch

• Check automatic transmission shift lock control function

• Check ignition transmission lock

• Check parking brake and automatic transmission park mechanism

• Check accelerator pedal for damage, high effort or binding; replace, if needed

• Visually inspect gas strut for signs of wear, cracks or other damage; check the hold-open ability of the strut

• Verify spare tire key lock operation and lubricate as needed

Additional Required Services – Normal

Every 22,500 miles (36,000 km) or every two years:

• Replace passenger compartment air filter. More frequent replacement may be needed if the vehicle is driven in areas with heavy traffic, poor air quality or areas with high dust levels. Replacement may also be needed if there is a reduction in airflow, excessive window fogging or odors.

Every 45,000 miles (72,000 km):

• Inspect evaporative control system

Every 45,000 miles (72,000 km) or every four years:

• Replace engine air cleaner filter

Every 45,000 miles (72,000 km) or every three years:

• Replace brake fluid

• Replace clutch fluid

Every 97,500 miles (156,000 km):

• Replace spark plugs

• Inspect spark plug wires

Every 150,000 miles (240,000 km) or every five years:

• Drain and fill engine cooling system

Every 150,000 (240,000 km) or every 10 years:

• Visually inspect accessory drive belts for fraying, excessive cracking or damage; replace, if needed

Additional Required Services – Severe

Every 22,500 miles (36,000 km):

• Replace passenger compartment air filter

More frequent replacement may be needed if the vehicle is driven in areas with heavy traffic, poor air quality or areas with high dust levels. Replacement may also be needed if there is a reduction in airflow, excessive window fogging or odors.

• Under extreme service, Change transfer case fluid, if equipped with 4WD

Every 45,000 miles (72,000 km):

• Inspect evaporative control system

• Change automatic transmission fluid and filter

• Change manual transmission fluid

• Under severe service, Change transfer case fluid if equipped with 4WD

Every 45,000 miles (72,000 km) or every three years:

• Replace brake fluid

• Replace clutch fluid

Every 45,000 miles (72,000 km) or every four years:

• Replace engine air cleaner filter

Every 97,500 miles (156,000 km):

• Replace spark plugs

• Inspect spark plug wires

Every 150,000 miles (240,000 km) or every five years:

• Drain and fill engine cooling system

Every 150,000 miles (240,000 km) or every 10 years:

• Visually inspect accessory drive belts for fraying, excessive cracking or damage; replace, if needed

Fluids and Capacities

Engine Oil: dexos1; capacity is 5.0 quarts (4.7 L) for the 2.5L engine; capacity is 6.0 quarts (5.7 L) for the 3.6 L engine

Coolant: Dex-Cool; capacity is 9.6 quarts (9.1 L) for the 2.5L engine; capacity is 13.1 quarts (12.4 L) for the 3.6L engine

Brake Fluid: DOT 3 Hydraulic Brake Fluid

Hydraulic Clutch System: DOT 3 Hydraulic Brake Fluid

Automatic Transmission: Dexron-VI ATF

Manual Transmission: Dexron-VI ATF

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