So with Nissan only granting diesel power to its full-size Titan pickup truck, Toyota recently announcing that it has abandoned plans for a diesel Tacoma, and Ford introducing a new Ranger (with an optional diesel powerplant) almost everywhere except the United States, it looks like General Motors is poised to strike a winning blow with it’s newly released Chevy Colorado/GMC Canyon mid-sized pickup truck, especially if you are looking for this size of pickup with a diesel powerplant. Best yet for those who use their trucks for commercial purposes, the GM mid-size truck is available with a bed delete option, making it perfect for custom cargo handling options.
The 2016 model year General Motors’ mid-size pickup gets a diesel engine option. The powerplant is 2.8-liter inline four-cylinder Duramax engine, which is currently available in these trucks sold in other countries. The 2.8-liter inline four-cylinder diesel’s architecture is nothing exotic — a DOHC (dual overhead camshaft), 16 valve (4 valves per cylinder) configuration, with a bore of 3.70 inches, a stroke of 3.94 inches, and a 16.0:1 compression ratio.
Its turbo is a water-cooled variable geometry design, and fuel is delivered through a direct injection, 2,000-bar high-pressure (29,000 psi) common rail system. Although power figures for the U.S. version have not been released, its internationally available counterpart makes 180hp at 3,800 rpm and 325 lb-ft of torque at 2,000 rpm.
Check out the overview of the 2016 Chevy Colorado Duramax in the video above, and tell us what you think of it. Would you buy one?