2012 Chevrolet Colorado Finally Launched In Malaysia
Naza Quest has officially launched the 2012 Chevrolet Colorado in Malaysia, a couple of months later than the December 2011 original launch date. The delay was caused by last year's Thai floods which disrupted critical supplies of parts and components to General Motors' Rayong plant, which builds the Colorado for export to countries including Malaysia.
Available only in double-cab body-style, the three Colorado variants introduced are the 2.5 LT manual priced at RM 90,267, the 2.8 LT manual at RM 96,008 and the 2.8 LTZ automatic at RM 106,008 (Prices are OTR excluding insurance). Four-wheel-drive is the only option around, which is still fine; the glaring omission of a 2.5 automatic variant is not, considering the popularity of automatic transmissions?
General Motors' global family of Duramax four-cylinder turbodiesel engines provides the motivation here, in the form of 2.5-litre and 2.8-litre units. The 2.5-litre Duramax XLD25 has a reasonable 150 HP at 3800 rpm and 350 Nm at 2000 rpm, which, channeled to all four wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox, accelerate the Colorado to 100 km/h from standstill in 12.2 seconds. For a truck, however, perhaps the 11.9 km/litre fuel economy is more important.
Thanks to the addition of a variable geometry turbocharger, the 2.8-litre Duramax XLD28 generates a class-leading 180 HP at 3800 rpm and 470 Nm at 2000 rpm, allowing the 2.8 automatic—with six gear ratios—to shave the century sprint time to 10.2 seconds, while returning 10.9 km/litre. The 2.8 manual is fitted with a fixed geometry turbocharger, giving it 30 Nm less: the two-tonne Colorado dashes from zero to 100 km/h in 11.4 seconds, consuming 11.8 km/litre of diesel.
Chevrolet's “most refined mid-size pickup truck ever” is built atop General Motors' body-on-frame mid-size truck global architecture, suspended by front independent double wishbones and rear multi-leaf springs, that is tasked with providing the refinement in ride-and-handling, while not deviating from the ruggedness necessary for its workhorse brief. Front ventilated discs and rear drums make up the brakes.
The LT trim brings 16" alloys, halogen headlamps, front fog lamps, electronic shift-on-the-fly capability, limited slip differential, four-speaker audio (CD, USB, MP3) system with Bluetooth, keyless entry, dual front airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, ABS, EBD and Brake Assist. Safety features such as the Cornering Brake Control (CBC), and traction and stability control systems are exclusive to the LTZ trim.
The LTZ trim adds equipment like 17" alloys, projector headlamps, chrome on fog lamps and gear knob, power-folding side mirrors, LED tail-lights, side steps, roof rails, six-way power-adjustable driver's seat, steering-mounted audio and cruise control switches, six sound speakers, automatic door locks, and electronic climate control, which eschews the traditional three-knob layout for a more futuristic single-knob design. Enjoy the 2012 Chevrolet Colorado launch event photos below!