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2016 Chevrolet Colorado Duramax Diesel Belts Out 369 lb-ft of Torque

7,000-lb tow rating for diesel truck.

The numbers for the long-anticipated 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Duramax diesel and 2016 GMC Canyon Duamax diesel are in. We’ve been hearing about a diesel-powered Colorado and Canyon since before the mid-size trucks even launched, and it looks like the engine’s combination of low-end torque and low emissions will be worth the wait. From a 2.8-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder engine, the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado and 2016 GMC Canyon Duramax diesel make 181 hp and a whopping 369 lb-ft of torque.

Other engines in the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado and 2016 GMC Canyon include a gasoline 2.5-liter inline-four good for 200 hp and 191 lb-ft of torque, and a 3.6-liter V-6 producing 305 hp and 269 lb-ft.

The 2.8-liter turbodiesel truck engine sports an iron cylinder block with an aluminum dual-overhead cam head, forged steel crankshaft and connecting rods, a common rail direct injection fuel system, and a balance shaft to run the oil pump and increase smoothness. Not only is the new engine powerful, but it’s also clean. General Motors claims it is the lowest-emission diesel truck engine it has ever built. Part of that success comes from a cooled exhaust gas recirculation system. The EGR system works by recirculating some of the exhaust gas back into the intake to lower combustion temperatures and cut emissions of nitrogen oxides.

With so much torque, available at just 2,000 rpm, the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Duramax diesel has a maximum trailering capacity of 7,700 pounds on rear-wheel-drive models and 7,600 pounds for four-wheel-drive models. Also included as standard on all diesel Colorados are the smart diesel exhaust brake system, a special Centrifugal Pendulum Vibration Absorber to reduce noise and vibration, the Z82 trailering package with a hitch receiver and seven-pin connector, a trailer brake controller, a G80 automatic locking rear differential with a 3.42 axle ratio, and two-speed electronic transfer case for four-wheel-drive models.

“A diesel engine was part of the Colorado’s portfolio plan from the very beginning, meaning the chassis, suspension and other elements of its architecture were engineered to support its capability,” said assistant chief engineer Scott Yackley, in a statement.

The 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Duramax diesel will be available in Crew Cab form in LT and Z71 trims with either rear- or four-wheel drive. It will cost customers $3,730 to opt for the diesel, meaning rear-wheel-drive LT models will start at $31,715 and four-wheel-drive LT models at $36,690. Rear-wheel-drive Z71 examples start at $34,155, and $38,720 for the four-wheel-drive version. For its part, the base 2016 GMC Canyon Duramax diesel starts at $33,190 in rear-wheel-drive, SLE trim.

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2016 GMC Canyon

2016 GMC Canyon

MSRP $27,875 Base 2WD Long Bed Crew Cab

EPA MPG:

19 City / 26 Hwy

Towing (Max):

3,500 lbs.

Payload (Max):

1,450 lbs.