Diesel engines are most common in trucks here in the US, we rarely see them in cars. There are a few diesel cars, but they are far from popular with most buyers. Truck buyers often opt for diesel power when they want to tow heavy things with their truck. Chevrolet has announced pricing for the smaller Colorado truck with its new diesel power option.
That diesel option is a 2.8L Duramax and it will find its way under the hood of the 2016 Colorado. The diesel engine can be purchased in LT and Z71 crew cab trims with 2WD or 4WD options. All will use a 6-speed automatic and have standard locking rear diff. The four-wheel drive version gets a 2-speed electronically controlled transfer case.
The diesel engine will carry a large $3,730 premium on top of the V6 powered version of the same trim. Duramax equipped Colorados will tow up to 7,700pounds for 2WD and 7,600 pounds for 4WD versions. Fuel economy figures are unknown, but are expected to be better than the gas V6. The 2.8L diesel engine makes 181hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. All diesel models come with the Z82 trailering package.