Photo courtesy of GM.

Photo courtesy of GM.

General Motors has released performance data for the Duramax diesel engines available with the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon mid-size pickup that arrive for the 2016 model year.

Colorado and Canyon models with Duramax engines, which will arrive this fall, will be powered by a new 2.9-liter Duramax turbo-diesel that produces 369 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine delivers an SAE-certified 181 hp at 3,400 rpm, according to GM.

The engine boosts the truck's trailering capacity to 7,700 pounds on the rear-wheel-drive model. The GVWR increases to 6,000 pounds for the rear-wheel model and 7,600 pounds for the all-wheel model.

The new diesel engine will be offered in LT and Z71 Crew Cab models, and will also be available with the all-wheel-drive model. It will be priced $3,730 more than a comparably equipped 3.6-liter V-6 model.

The diesel Colorado and Canyon models will also feature a smart diesel exhaust brake system that reduces brake wear on steep grades; standard Hydra-Matic 6L50 6-speed automatic transmission paired with a Centrifugal Pendulum Vibration Absorber (CPVA) in the torque converter to reduce powertrain noise and vibration; standard Z82 trailering package with hitch receiver and seven-pin connector; integrated trailer brake controller; G80 automatic locking rear differential; standard 3.42 rear axle ratio; and electronically controlled two-speed transfer case.

Originally posted on Automotive Fleet