2017 Chevy Colorado Z71: Review, Specs

There are many factors which can be a breakpoint when somebody buying a pickup truck. But the Chevy Colorado is mid-size truck that can suit all your needs with comfortable ride, modern design, efficient and powerful engines, and modern tech features. It also comes in many configuration options and offers additional packages above available trims. However, if you are adventurous soul that is ready to get into off-roading, exploring new terrains, dirty trails, camping and more you surely need a version which possesses additional off-road features that will suit your needs. In that context, you should definitely pick a 2017 Chevy Colorado Z71.

2017 Colorado news:

Colorado brings some notable improvements for the 2017 model year and highlights are modernized, more fuel efficient 3,6 liter V-6 engine and  new eight-speed transmission.

2017 Chevy Colorado Z71

2017 Chevy Colorado Z71: Model’s Design Specifics and Features

From the visual point of view, the 2017 Chevy Colorado Z71 is the form of the design which came in 2015 when this model was all-new. It features slim grille, modern-looking headlights, sculpted hood, profile with rising shoulder line and it is one good-looking truck. Its near twin GMC Canyon might be more stylish but the Colorado definitely features more traditional truck-like look.

However what divides the Z71 version when seen from outside from the  rest of the lineup are 17-inch dark-tinted wheels, unique LED  DRLs, dark-tinted grille surround, all-terrain tires and Z71 badages. But the image of this version can also be changed with the Trail Boss package which emphasis its off-road ability. This package adds black badges, 17-inch black wheels with all-terrain tires, off-road lights and bars, black step bars and unique fender flares.

On the other hand this version also has unique interior trimmed with distinctive upholstery and contrasting trims inserts. It also gets features form the Convenience and Luxury package. The first includes fog lights, sliding rear window, remote start, defroster feature for the rear window, etc. From the Luxury package it gains chromed rear bumper and door handles, projector-like headlights, heated front seats, power lumbar, automatic climate control, etc.

The model also benefits from an 8-inch MyLink interface, voice controls, smartphone integration, satellite radio, OnStar system, 4G LTE WiFi, and it also offers a 7-speaker Bose sound system.

The model also comes with either extended or crew body style with choice for either short or long cargo box.

2017 Chevy Colorado Z71: Performance

Depending on the configuration, three engine options are available for the 2017 Chevy Colorado Z71.

The base engine is a 2.5 liter four-cylinder with ability to produce 200 hp and 191 lb-ft of torque. This engine matches with a six-speed manual transmission or you can get it with a six speed automatic either. Two- or four-wheel drive and fuel economy of 22 mpg combined are also featured with this engine.

The new 3.6 liter V-6 engine comes with cylinder deactivation and direct injection for better fuel economy. It can produce 308 hp and torque of 275 pound-feet. A new eight-speed transmission features better gear ratio than six-speed unit and comes together with this engine.

A last year new 2.8 liter four-cylinder turbodiesel is also available. It produces 181 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque.  It performs well under heavy loads and thanks to high level torque it doesn’t need dramatic downshifts as often. Peak towing capacity with this engine is 7, 700 pounds.

The Z71 version also includes two-speed transfer case, off-road tuned suspension, hill descant control, and automatic locking rear differential.

2017 Chevy Colorado Z71: Availability, Price

The price of the 2017 Chevy Colorado Z71 will vary depending on the configuration and additional features. Expect starting point from $32, 500.

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