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Chevrolet Colorado High Country Storm 2.8L 4×4 AT

The truck that’s finally as tough as it looks


By Eric Tipan

 

When the Colorado came out in 2012, it set the benchmark for power, torque and acceleration for a sub-3-liter powered pickup truck.

It pushed the bar even further – or deeper – in 2015 with its 800 mm wading capability, a depth no other pickup truck could match at that time.

In the last three years though, the competition has caught up and levelled the playing field somewhat, but that shouldn’t take away from all the Colorado has achieved.

This 2ndgeneration model is already seven-years old and it primed for a total revamp in the next few years. But in the meantime, the dilemma for Chevrolet is, how do you make an already great truck even better?

The answer is to give it an exterior package that finally matches what it can do as a pickup truck.

Cue the Colorado ‘High Country Storm’.

It’s the same old Colorado but with plenty of new aesthetic modifications that enhance its image to catch up with its built-in abilities.

Similar to the Centennial Edition, it gets black decals on the hood and a new front grille, plus more accents and equipment that not only makes it eye-catching but versatile as well.

Along both sides are black graphics running along the C-pillar down to both doors. The door handles and side mirrors are also blacked-out.

Up top is a roof rail while the bottom highlights include 18-inch black alloy wheels, a black anthracite bumper and a black stylish rear sport bar.

There’s a Storm badge as well just along the front fenders just in case you’re still not sure what the unique design is all about.

As the new top-of-the-line trim of the Colorado, it gets all-leather seats and handsome equipment that’s complemented by top-notch software.

The layout is pretty much the same, all switches and buttons are clearly marked and easy to reach, plus the added convenience of a multi-function steering wheel, which means it has audio and cruise controls so you don’t have to take your hands off the wheel.

It sports an 8-inch touchscreen to view the infotainment menu and various sound and connectivity settings, and a copious amount of speakers – 7 in all – for a compact cabin.

iPhone users will be happy to know that it already has Apple CarPlay, which means that if you connect via a USB, the monitor will mirror your device’s apps and various functions.

The engine is the same 2.8L Duramax turbodiesel that’s is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with manual mode, which sends power to either the 2WD system or all four wheels.

It feels relatively chunky and weighty compared to smaller vehicles but I’d avoid the word ‘heavy’. A major factor is, of course, its size (this thing is 5,631 mm long) and the curb weight of around 2,039 kilograms.

Acceleration is smooth and steady unless you really punch the throttle, that’s when you feel a good amount of its 367.7 ft-lb of pulling force. Once I get rolling, 197.2 brake horsepower kept it light and nimble on the road – almost car-like – which made driving a big pickup in traffic a bit easier and more pleasant.

One of the Colorado’s best traits is ride comfort. Using its patented ‘Soft Ride Suspension System’, it feels like a Trailblazer inside despite the fact that its body is welded to a steel ladder H-frame – a typical truck setup.

Thicker side glasses, better molding, rigid inserts and primary seal extensions do a great job in keeping NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) levels down too.

Rollover resistance is also pretty good for a tall vehicle (its 1,798 mm tall), able to maintain poise and stance coming out of long bends, which makes it easy to speed up heading to a straightaway.

Safety features include Traction Control System, Electronic Stability Control, Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control, and Trailer Sway Control. It also comes with newer driver-assist features like Front Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning, plus a Speed-Sensing Door Lock system.

It looks great in the Orange Crush paint job, but you can get it six other colors as well.

Priced at Php 1,638,888, you can use it as an everyday vehicle and even a more so as your weekend warrior.

Not that it didn’t look good before, but finally gets the exterior it truly deserves. The Colorado 2.8L 4×4 AT High Country Storm is one pickup truck that looks as tough as it really is.

Specifications

Engine

Engine Inline-4
Displacement 2776 cc
Cylinder Head Four-cylinder, DOHC
Fuel Injector 1800 bar common rail injection system and piezoelectric injectors
Max Power (bhp @ rpm) 200 bhp @ 3,800 rpm
Max Torque (lb/ft @ rpm) 369 ft-lb @ 2000 rpm
Transmission 6-speed automatic transmission

Performance

Top Speed 194 km/h
0-100 km/h | 0-62 mph 9.4 seconds

Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions

Fuel Milage (km/l) 12.7 kilometers per liter (combined) / 29.8 mpg

Ratings

Price as Tested (PHP) Php 1,571,888
What's Great Powerful engine, great water-wading height, great cabin amenities, and finally, looks to match its capabilities
What's Not So Powerful engine, great water-wading height, great cabin amenities, and finally, looks to match its capabilities
C! Editors Rating 9/10