Chevrolet Philippines, under The Covenant Car Company, Inc. (TCCCI), offers a midsize pickup that is one of the first to break the 500 Nm mark in terms of torque figures. Labeled as the “King of Torque” after its introduction, thanks to the potent 2.8L diesel engine that Chevrolet has opted to equip this truck with. Lower variants can expect a smaller 2.5L engine to propel this SUV forwards. Chevrolet has also opted to use this pickup's engine and chassis combo in its midsize SUV offering, the Trailblazer, which is another capable vehicle from the brand.
Chevrolet Global launched the Colorado in 2004. These trucks were launched to replace the Chevrolet S-10. The current generation has been around since 2012, with its first showing around 2011 in the Bangkok Motor Show. The Philippines received this pickup back in 2012 and had an introductory price of P1,538,888 for the line-topping LTZ, P1,468,888 for the manual version, and the LT for P1,148,888. The LT had a lower displacement 2.5L diesel engine, a manual transmission, and a 4x2 drivetrain while the LTZ came with the 2.8L with a 4x4 system.
Platform, Chassis and Powertrain
The chassis of this pickup is shared with the Trailblazer. The Colorado rides on a double-wishbone front suspension, and a solid axle rear suspension. The wheels on this truck range from a 16-inch to 18-inch size.
Powertrain options on the Colorado start with a 2.5L engine with a 4x2 drivetrain. This setup is capable of 163 hp with 380 Nm of torque. As the entry-level offering, it remains powerful enough for day to day tasks. A better engine awaits the LT trim, and up An engine capable of 200 hp, 500 Nm of torque is available and can be paired with a six-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic. This is also the engine with 4x4 options in the variant lineup.
Midsize Pickup Truck
Four-Door Double Cab Pickup Truck
Front Engine, Rear-Wheel Drive
Front Engine, Four-Wheel Drive
2.5 L Duramax I4 (XLD25/LP2) Turbo Diesel
2.8 L Duramax (LWN) I4 Turbo Diesel
163 hp, 380 Nm of torque (2.5L)
200 hp, 500 Nm of torque (2.8L)
Thanks to the brutish response that the motor delivers, since the Colorado will start pulling at maximum torque at around 2,000 RPM. Paired with the decently light steering and the truck handles tight maneuvers hardily. Cruising on the highway is also quite good thanks to the transmission that Chevrolet has opted for, a six-speed. Traditional pickup owners will take joy in the finesse and ruggedness that the Colorado has to offer.
The Colorado can come with the latest and greatest smartphone pairing suites. Android Auto and Apple Carplay are part of the Chevrolet MyLink package. The display measures in at eight-inches, and audio is blasted through a seven-speaker system.
As for other features, the Colorado, may also come with a remote start-stop, which allows users to start the car via the key fob. Other features the pickup can come with are cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, automatic climate control, motorized seats, as well as steering wheel audio controls. The feature loadout will depend on which variant is chosen.
Very purposeful lines dominate the exterior of the Colorado. The front leads well into the Chevrolet split grille. Depending on the trim level or edition that is opted for, the pickup can come with factory decals or adornments that extend the look. Higher trims can expect LED daytime running lights as part of the lighting assembly. All of these qualities are still great considering that the utilitarian hauler can fit up to 1,329 L of cargo volume on the bed.
The Colorado is available in eight colors, Blue Me Away, Summit White, Black Meet Kettle, Satin Steel Gray, Switchblade Silver, Pull Me Over, Red, Dark Shadow Metallic, and Orange Crush.
Stepping into the interior. The pickup has a spacious and tall interior. The driver sits upright, and so do the other passengers. The Colorado comes with a straightforward dashboard with clean-cut lines and a purpose-built aura surrounding it. The rear bench seats feature enough space for a roomy rear and will have no trouble accommodating taller individuals.
Advanced tech features are not the only things that the Colorado has, included in the package is also a set of dual airbags, ABS with EBD, five three-point seatbelts, hill start assist, hill descent control, trailer sway control, stability control, and a tire pressure monitoring system to ensure your drive will be safe. Depending on the variant you go for, you may find a forward collision warning paired with a lane departure warning system, which can aid on the busy highway or busy city.
Tested Variant: Chevrolet Colorado 2.8 4x2 AT LT
Child Occupant Safety
Front Impact Score
Side Impact Score
Adult Occupant Safety
Front Impact Score
Side Impact Score
Head Protection Score
Front Passenger Airbag
Seat Belt Retractor Driver
Seat Belt Retractor Front Passenger
Safety Assist Technology
Effective Breaking & Avoidance
Seat Belt Reminders
SBR for Driver
SBR for Front Passenger
SBR for Rear Passenger
Blind Spot Technology
Advanced Safety Assist Technologies
Intelligent Rear View Mirror
Lane Departure Warning System
Forward Collision Warning System
Lane Keep Assist
Pros & Cons
Thanks to the powerful diesel engine, the truck is a capable performer which delivers power efficiently. Thanks to the 2.8L diesel engine that the truck can come equipped with. Also, a high point for the vehicle is the addition of multiple technology and safety features in select variants. Handling is also not a chore and is surprising for a midsize pickup.
Perhaps the seats could use a touch more softness and cushion, but the con is exacerbated by the difficulty in finding a good driving position since the steering wheel doesn’t adjust telescopically. On top of all of this, the 4x4 system, if equipped, lacks a locking differential; which aids in the off-roadability of this pickup.
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What is the Colorado's payload capacity and cargo volume?
The Colorado can carry up to 1,003 kg of payload, while its bed can accommodate up to 1,329L.
Where is the Chevy Colorado built?
The Colorado is built and assembled in GM's plant in Thailand.
Did Chevrolet stop making the Colorado?
Chevrolet had a 3-year hiatus in making the Colorado pickup truck for the U.S. market. In the ASEAN, however, the Colorado's chassis was co-developed with Isuzu to cut developmental costs.
Are the D-Max and Colorado the same?
The Isuzu D-Max and Chevrolet Colorado aren't the same. However, both pickup trucks use the same platform as a result of a joint development between the two brands for the ASEAN market.
Is the Chevy Colorado made by Isuzu?
Technically, no, the Chevy Colorado wasn't made by Isuzu. The Golden Bowtie pickup truck, however, shares its platform with Isuzu body-on-frame utes such as the D-Max pickup truck and the mu-X midsize SUV.
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