Twin Special Editions for the 2016 Chevy Colorado
Exciting news for Chevy Colorado enthusiasts!
The award-winning bow-tied automaker just announced plans to release two special edition Chevy Colorados for the 2016 model year.
Check out what’s in store for Chevy in Lexington KY showrooms and scope out the specs on the current Colorado pickup truck, favored by industry experts and consumers alike.
The 2016 Chevy Colorado Special Teams
Starting this fall, you can purchase one of two special edition Chevy Colorado pickup trucks.
Choose between the blacked out Midnight Edition or the Z71 Trail Boss, an all-terrain, off-road aficionado.
As the Director of GM’s Truck Strategy, Tony Johnson, explains: “These are aggressive editions of one of the country’s hottest-selling trucks, demonstrating the personalization that’s possible with Chevrolet accessories, whether it’s for the street, trail or both.”
Chevy is trying to tap into the market of consumers who seek to personalize their pickup trucks, at least on the exterior. The best place to start was with the brand’s award-winning and seriously popular Colorado.
“As the Colorado continues to win over new customers, the new Midnight Edition and Z71 Trail Boss give them more choices and build on segment-leading capabilities and efficiency,” according to Johnson.
Sales of the Chevy Colorado began in 2014. So far this year, total sales have topped out at 48,784, and the year isn’t over yet. For July alone, Chevy sold more than 7,200 Colorado pickup trucks.
Just going by those numbers, it seems safe to assume that these two special editions will prove popular.
The 2016 Chevy Colorado: The Midnight Edition
As its name suggests, the 2016 Chevy Colorado Midnight Edition is all black – from the grille, signature bowtie, and aluminum wheels, which measure 18 inches.
Also, expect an ebony-colored spray-on bed liner, complemented by a black folding tonneau cover, and black sill plates sporting the Chevy logo.
The Midnight Edition can be ordered as an extended or crew cab, in either two or four-wheel drive, equipped with any one of the trio of available engine options, including: the 2.5-liter four-cylinder, 3.6-liter V6, or the brand new turbo diesel 2.8-liter Duramax engine.
With all these options, it’s important to note that the Midnight Edition is only available on the LT trim level.
The 2016 Chevy Colorado: Z71 Trail Boss
For those pickup truck lovers who want the freedom and versatility only found off the beaten path, the Z71 Trail Boss has got you covered.
Equipped with an off-road truck suspension package, larger Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac 265/65R17 tires, a revised sport bar with LED trail lighting, all-weather floor mats, and tubular assist steps, not to mention the 17-inch aluminum wheels, signature bowtie, spray-on bed liner, and fender flares – all in black, the Z71 Trail Boss is your ideal partner for blazing new trails.
Similar to the Midnight Edition, the Z71 Trail Boss is available with the same trio of drivetrains, but only outfits the Z71 trim level (not surprisingly), in either extended or crew cabs, with two or four-wheel drive.
Pricing has yet to be released, but for an idea of what else a Chevy Colorado has to offer, check out the current 2015 model.
The Chevy Colorado, aka “Truck of the Year” for 2015
Yep, Motor Trend named the 2015 Chevy Colorado its “Truck of the Year,” and other auto industry authorities have followed suit.
Car and Driver ranked this year’s Colorado its number one in mid-size pickup trucks and Edmunds even gave it an A, calling it “the most up-to-date and refined midsize pickup truck available.”
Featuring a complete redesign, the Colorado comes in an extended cab, with two or four seats, or a five-seat crew cab. Four trim levels include the Base, Work Truck, LT, and high-end Z71.
With two available bed lengths and four trim levels, the Colorado exceeds the expectations of the midsize segment, boasting never before seen refinement from a pickup truck, with a comfortable and noticeably hushed ride.
Technologically-savvy, the Colorado offers all the safety and infotainment features that are now expected as standard , including a rearview backup camera, and available eight-inch Chevy MyLink touchscreen infotainment, with connectivity guaranteed by the 4G LTE WiFi.
The Colorado comes with two drivetrain options. Choose from the base 2.5-liter four cylinder, rated at 200 horsepower with 191 lb.-ft. of torque or the available 3.6-liter V6 engine, able to produce 305 horsepower and 269 lb.-ft. of torque.
Towing capacity from the V6 is measured at 7,000 pounds, while the four-cylinder gets about half that, rated at a maximum of 3,500 pounds.
Fuel economy for the four-cylinder is EPA-estimated at 22 mpg combined (19 city/26 highway), but boosts by one in each category to 22 mpg combined (20 city/27 highway) when paired to the six-speed automatic with two wheel drive.
The V6 drops a bit, estimated by the EPA at 21 mpg combined (18 city/26 highway) with two-wheel drive and 20 mpg combined (17 city/24 highway) from the four-wheel drive.
Edmunds administered the zero to sixty miles per hour test, with a Colorado crew cab short bed, equipped with four-wheel drive, making the sprint in 7.5 seconds – very quick for a pickup truck.
The LT and Z71 Trim Levels Before Special Treatment…
Although both the Base and Work Truck trim levels are capable and versatile, let’s take a look at the LT and Z71 trim levels without the special edition details. After all, the Midnight Edition and Trail Boss editions just enhance what are already amazing pickup packages in their own right.
First up, the Colorado LT…
The LT is loaded with features, starting with those available in the lower trim levels from the WT Convenience and Work Truck Appearance packages.
From the WT Convenience package, expect cruise control, keyless entry, anti-theft system, and Chevy’s EZ-Lift tailgate.
With the Work Truck Appearance package, the Colorado gets body-colored mirrors, complemented by matching door handles and rear bumper, as well as 16-inch alloy wheels.
Equipped with Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system, displayed on a 4.2-inch screen, with Bluetooth and audio streaming, there are even more options for your consideration like OnStar, 4G LTE WiFi hotspot, and V6-exclusives like an automatic locking rear differential and trailering package.
The LT takes all that and then adds 17-inch alloy wheels, overhead console, cruise control, OnStar, 4G LTE WiFi, Chevy MyLink broadcast on an eight-inch display, featuring satellite and Pandora radio, along with additional convenience features like a tilt-and-telescoping leather-wrapped adjustable steering wheel, illuminated visor mirrors, and power-adjustable exterior mirrors with integrated convex spotter mirrors.
Additional bells and whistles are bundled in the LT Convenience package, including rear window defogger, front fog lights, remote start, and EZ-Lift tailgate.
For some added luxury, the aptly named Luxury package adds onto the Convenience package, offering heated chrome exterior mirrors, chrome door handles, chrome rear bumper, heated front seats, automatic climate control and projector-style headlights, in addition to creature comforts like a front power passenger seat, with power lumbar adjustments for the driver and shotgun rider.
If you want to enhance the already solid safety features in the Colorado, the Safety package supplies lane departure warning and forward collision alert systems.
All of this starts at the MSRP of $25,170.
Taking It Even Further…the Z71
At the top of the Chevy Colorado trims is the competitive, all-terrain Z71, initially priced at $27,630.
Take all of the LT features, and add the unmistakable LED daytime running lights, off-road-oriented suspension (obviously), supported by hill descent control, and set it all atop tinted 17-inch alloy wheels, and you’ve got the Z71, complete with a sophisticated cloth-leatherette combined interior cabin.
When it comes to the Chevy Colorado and whether you should wait for the 2016 release of the Midnight Edition and Trail Boss, or hop behind the wheel of the award-winning 2015, you’ll win either way.
No matter which you choose, you’ll drive well-equipped to “Find New Roads,” in the best the pickup truck the segment has to offer.