Times change: four-cylinder diesel power for small pick-up of General Motors

The times are changing course. Just two years ago that General Motors launched the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon . This is pick-ups stockings, of comparable size to a Toyota Hilux. However, they are small compared with the Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Silverado pick-up standard full-size in the United States. And now, for the first time in its history possibly diesel also comes to the Colorado and Canyon as a 2.8 four-cylinder, one 181 hp turbodiesel Duramax .

With the diesel engine, are $ 3,730 more expensive than equipped with the 310 hp 3.6 V6.

This engine belongs to the family of global drivers of General Motors, and had already been released by the Colorado designed the Latin American market – much more focused on work to leisure, unlike their American counterparts. According to Chevrolet, it has gone through this engine to a number of reliability testing and final validation that elevate it to the category of Duramax , shared with the gigantic 6.6 V8 turbodiesel of the Chevrolet Silverado / GMC Sierra 2500 / 3500.

The engine develops 181 CV and through a variable geometry turbocharger produces a very healthy torque of 500 Nm at only 2,000 rpm . It is associated exclusively to an automatic gearbox six Hydra-Matic 6L50, relationships with hydraulic compensation pendulum which greatly limits the vibrations transmitted to the passenger compartment. With this combination of engine, gearbox and rear wheel drive, the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon are capable of towing up to 3,492 kilos , a leader in its segment number.

is capable of towing more weight than the top range versions equipdas with six-cylinder engine.

The rear differential lock automatic features, and versions of all-wheel drive is standard reductive two relationships. These machines are capable SUVs and similar dose of torque, I think it will become a favorite of many drivers. All Colorado / Canyon equipped with the towing package Z82 , which also has a sturdy anchor an electronically controlled braking to the trailer . It also has a number exhaust brake automatic.

This is a novelty in the segment: it is applied in the full-size and large commercial diesel vehicles, partially blocking the exhaust flow and reducing the engine speed solution. It is a large-bore engine brake, basically. As for consumption, there are no official figures, but an approved consumption is expected in highway around 7.5-8 l / 100 km. The engine is compatible with biodiesel B20 and uses a EGR antiemisiones cooled to meet US regulations

now it is to see if the world of the pick-up medium accepts this engine. I lean toward the other, especially thanks to its huge torque and high towing capacity.

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