GM is the de facto choice of pickup truck buyers worldwide and its various small and midsized trucks sell in good numbers every year. The Chevrolet Colorado is one popular contender that is the company’s answer to the likes of Toyota Tacoma. To take on the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro, Chevrolet has made the top end Z71 variant of Colorado. For 2017, the Colorado Z71 has been revamped in many ways. It features cutting edge technology, powerful engine, and revised styling. The Z71 trim comes only in Crew cab pickup body style.
2017 Chevy Colorado Z71 – Design and Features
The exterior design changes give the 2017 Chevy Colorado Z71 a sleek and stylish look compared to the earlier version. The sharp lines are now more evident in the body and they blend with curves in a more aesthetically pleasing way. As expected, top-end Z71 version gets specific exterior styling elements. There are 18” alloy wheels and side rails get graphics. At the back, there is a soft tonneau cover. The exterior mirrors and door handles are blackened. Even the front grille gets black treatment. The addition of roof rails adds to the sporty and rugged look. GM may eventually bring out Z71 special editions like last year including the Trail boss variant.
The cabin of 2017 Chevy Colorado Z71 gets special treatment as well. The leather-appointed seat trims and heating for front seats ensure a comfortable ride. There is no shortage of space in the cabin. Electronic climate control is there as is carpet interior flooring.
2017 Chevy Colorado Z71 – Under the Hood
The 2017 Chevy Colorado Z71 receives some enhancements to its drive train. The 3.6-liter V-6 unit is under the hood but this is now powered by a new eight-speed auto transmission setup. This is more than what you get in rivals like Honda Ridgeline or Toyota Tacoma. The new engine generates 308 hp and it benefits from technologies like cylinder deactivation, updated variable valve timing, and enhanced direct injection etc. In some markets, the well-known 2.8-liter turbo diesel engine may be offered. Also, the ride experience is superb and aerodynamic changes and insulators reduce cabin noise greatly. It is a 4WD model.
The rated towing capacity is 3500 kg and payload limit is 1487 kg.
Even though it is a mainstream pickup truck, the safety and technology feature available in 2017 can rival those found in some luxury sedans. The model now has enhanced MyLink infotainment system with an 8-inch color display unit. There is support for both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. You also get inbuilt satellite navigation and premium audio system with 7 speakers.
Also, safety features are aplenty in the Colorado Z71 starting with airbags, rear parking sensors, rain sensing windscreen wipers and a rear-view camera. There are advanced safety features like lane departure warning, forward collision alert, Cruise control, Electronic Stability Control and Hill Descent Control. There is Trailer Sway Control as well. Technology enhancements like automatic headlights, LED Daytime Running Lamps, Easy lift tailgate are also there.
2017 Chevy Colorado Z71 – Price and Release Date
The exact price of 2017 Chevy Colorado Z71 is not known. However, it could be around $32,000 or so. It is going to be made available for sale late in 2016.
Overall, you will be hard pressed to find fault with Chevy Colorado Z71 2017. Also truck receives several minor to moderate upgrades. The cabin is quite lavish and insulated from noise. Also, an engine is powerful enough to take on most category rivals. Finally, it comes across as a worthy contender to woo buyers from the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro.