Photo of 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 courtesy of GM.

Photo of 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 courtesy of GM.

The Chevrolet Colorado mid-size pickup powered by a 2.8-liter Duramax diesel engine will arrive in the fall of 2016 as a 2016 model-year vehicle, General Motors has announced.

The Colorado, which was re-introduced for the 2015-MY with its sister GMC Canyon, will also gain a few other features for 2016, including an enhanced multiple-color driver information center display and an enhanced MyLink with Apple CarPlay. Android Auto should be available later in the model year.

The diesel engine will be offered with the GMC Canyon later in the model year, according to GM.

"This new Duramax diesel engine will take efficient capability to an entirely new plateau for the midsize truck segment," said Robert Wheeler, communications manager for GM Fleet & Commercial. "Its broad torque band makes it very powerful at low rpm, while the turbocharged performance provides a confident feeling of immediate and smooth power on demand — attributes customers will appreciate when trailering."

General Motors is expected to provide fuel economy projections for the diesel Colorado closer to the start of production. The vehicle will compete with the Ram EcoDiesel, a full-size pickup introduced in 2015 that achieved an EPA-rated 30 mpg highway.

The Colorado offers a pair gasoline powerplants, including a standard 2.5-liter inline-four or 3.6-liter V-6. The four-cylinder with rear-wheel drive gets an EPA-rated 27 mpg highway, while the V-6 with rear-wheel drive gets 26 mpg on the highway.

Originally posted on Automotive Fleet