General Motors disclosed that it hopes to have a stronger presence in the Chinese market with the plan to release both the Chevrolet Colorado and the Chevrolet Silverado. The automaker added that at the same time that the two models will be released to this market, it will also be exported starting in 2017.
For the Colorado to be released in China, it will be equipped with the 3.6-liter V6 engine. However, the Chinese counterpart will have output of 305 hp with peak torque of 269 lb.-ft. (365 Nm) instead of the usual 308 hp and torque of 275 lb.-ft. (373 Nm) in the U.S. market. Meanwhile the Silverado to be released to this Asian market will have the 6.2-liter engine which can deliver 420 hp and maximum torque of 460 lb.-ft. (624 Nm). General Motors has said it will reveal the full details and the price list near the actual date of the launch.
It was last year when GM came out with the second generation 2016 Chevrolet Colorado. This was also significant as it was also the first time a diesel version of this model has been released. It was fitted with a cooled exhaust gas recirculation system that allowed some of the gases to be diverted to the fresh intake air stream. No wonder the company was proud to say that it was the cleanest diesel truck engine it has ever made.
For the 2WD model, maximum trailer capacity is at 7,700 lbs. (3,492 kg) with the 4WD version showing trailer capacity of 7,600 lbs. (3,447 kg). In terms of Gross Vehicle Weight Ratings, the 2WD model comes in at 6,000 lbs. (2,721 kg) with the 4WD edition at 6,200 lbs. (2,812 kg). In the U.S. market, both LT trim and Z71 trim will also be offered under the Crew Cab editions, for both the 2WD and 4WD versions.
Meanwhile the 2017 Chevy Silverado HD was unveiled in June of this year and revealed the use of the trademarked air intake system. One of the biggest changes in terms of design was the functional hood scoop which allowed the engine to get about 60% of the air when driving. Thus the temperature of the air is similar to the ambient temperature outside and at the same time cooler than if it was from beneath the hood.
With this, the Silverado maintains both speed and power even it is pulling any heavy object like a trailer for instance. Additionally, when running at highway speed, the resulting ram-air effect allows more air to pack to the engine with the filter getting an additional 40% air sourced from a dry location. This combination is then mixed in with the cooler air coming from the hood before being channeled to the combustion chambers.