Do you like the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon? I do. I’ve driven both in V6 form and found them to be comfortable, useful, maneuverable and decent-sized trucks with more than adequate power. But what if it had that sweet, sweet diesel torque instead?

Starting this fall you can find out, should you find yourself in possession of at least $31,700. Today General Motors announced pricing for both the diesel Canyon and Colorado.

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The Colorado starts at the aforementioned price, while the ostensibly more luxurious Canyon starts at $33,200. Both of those prices are for 4x2 crew cab models. In any case, the diesel is $3,730 more than a comparable gasoline V6 model.

GM went with the 2.8-liter Duramax diesel inline four for the Colorado and Canyon, which produces 181 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. Equipped with a six-speed automatic, the only gearbox choice, they have a maximum trailering rating of 7,700 pounds for the 2WD trucks and 7,600 pounds for the 4WD trucks.

Since you’ll be buying the diesel to tow shit, they come standard with a trailering package featuring a hitch receiver and seven-pin connector, an automatic locking rear differential and a 3.42 rear axle ratio.

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No official word on fuel economy yet, but Automotive News says GM engineers expect the trucks to get more than 30 MPG on the highway.

Is the diesel the way to go on the Colorado and Canyon?


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