Friday, July 6, 2012

Chevrolet Colorado Now Available in PHL


The Covenant Car Company Incorporated (TCCCI) gives pick-up enthusiast something to be excited about as it introduces the all-new Chevrolet Colorado in the Philippines. The New Chevrolet Colorado is built on nearly a century of Chevrolet trucking heritage and engineered with the best combination of power, durability, comfort and economy in its class. It has been subjected to a tough development and validation process, and has been tested in the toughest conditions around the world. The result is a midsize pick-up truck that is best-in-class in terms of power, torque and acceleration over all terrains, and under all operating conditions.
At the heart of every Chevy Colorado is the new Duramax engine that comes in 2.5L and 2.8L displacements. The state-of-the-art engines are manufactured by GM’s new $200 million powertrain facility in Rayong, Thailand. The four-cylinder Duramax engine has been subjected to the same set of rigorous tests, under tough and varying engine loads as the V8 Duramax engine, in Africa, Asia and North and South America.

Both 2.8L 4x4 variants (manual and automatic) come with a Common Rail Direct Injection system and Variable Geometry Turbocharger (VGT) with intercooler that provides efficient power delivery across the rpm band. It is capable of producing 180hp at 3,800 RPM and 470 Nm at 2,000 RPM when mated to the Colorado’s six-speed automatic transmission. The five-speed manual transmission 4x4 variant produces 440Nm @ 2,000 RPM.

The 2.5L four-cylinder 16-valve 4x2 version has 150 hp at 3,800 RPM and delivers 350 Nm at 2,000 RPM. The 2.5L version is also equipped with a five-speed manual transmission.

Optimized to deliver high torque at low rpm, both Duramax engines are suited for heavy duty applications – from transporting to hauling heavy loads without sacrificing performance. The Chevrolet Colorado has a 3.5 ton towing capacity and is capable of carrying over a ton of payload weight.

The Colorado 4x4 variants come with electric drive mode select that allows the operator to choose between two different 4x4 modes as well as 2-wheel drive. Shifting of drive modes while on the fly is possible up to the speed of 100 km/hr.

The all-new Colorado is built on a strong chassis that has dependable torsional rigidity, aided by eight cross members in its step-ladder frame. In addition to rigidity, the stiffer chassis also allows engineers to identify and dial out noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) from the cabin. Additionally, a stiffer chassis also aids in better driving feel and handling over all terrains.

The all-new Colorado rides on a durable suspension system that can handle heavy loads while offering superior handling and comfort. It features a double-wishbone configuration with coil springs and stabilizer bar at the front, while the rear uses semi-elliptical leaf springs.  All Colorado variants are Z71 high stance models that have sufficient ground clearance to traverse through rough terrains and wade through water depth up to 800mm at 7km/hr.

The exterior design of the all-new Chevy Colorado projects a bold, rugged look. At the front, Chevrolet’s internationally recognized gold bowtie and signature dual-port grille are complemented by two large projector-style chrome headlamps that flow into the front fenders. The side-beams of the large hood are three inches high and together with the flared wheel arches, they give the Colorado a high shoulder line and a visibly bolder look. The LTZ variant will be equipped with square fog lights, aiding visibility in poor lighting conditions. A tough metal sump-guard is integrated into the bottom of the front bumper that serves to protect the bottom of the powertrain from rugged terrain and also provides a tougher look to the front-end.



As impressive as the Colorado’s exterior design is, Chevrolet did not hold anything back with the interior design and features of the truck. The larger overall dimensions of the all-new Colorado means more interior space as it offers more head and shoulder room for vehicle occupants, while the ergonomically-designed front seats have a larger range of adjustments to accommodate a wider variety of driver and passenger preferences. The Chevy Colorado also has 25 storage spaces to accommodate documents or loose items.

The Colorado has the signature ‘dual cockpit’ front console that is inspired by the legendary Chevrolet Corvette. The design of the instrument cluster in front of the driver resembles that of the Chevrolet Camaro, while all displays, including the digital Driver Information System (DIS) between the speedometer and tachometer, are back-lit with Chevrolet’s signature LED Ice-Blue illumination. It’s DIS has unique features like programmable speed alarm, actual fuel consumed meter and engine hour meter. The center console is equipped with control switches laid out in circular fashion to ensure easy viewing and intuitive operability. The interior features a beige-and-black, two-toned color scheme, complete with metallic inserts to give a sleek and sporty feel.

Given that the Chevy Colorado is a vehicle meant to take on tough road challenges, Chevrolet Philippines offers a unique warranty program that will provide a more worry-free ownership experience. The Chevrolet Colorado is covered with a warranty for 3 years or 100,000 kilometers whichever comes first, and a 2-year warranty extension for the Power Train. The program reflects the confidence of Chevrolet to the quality and durability of the vehicle. Also, Chevrolet provides its new clients with free 3-year 24/7 Roadside assistance. Just by dialing 751 CHEV (2438) owners may avail of the following services: vehicle support, personal assistance and information service.

“Pick-ups are expected to have impressive power, torque and durability. These are essential attributes that every pick-up buyer considers. With nearly a century of truck building experience and innovation, the Chevrolet Colorado is set to raise the bar higher and redefine expectations of what an impressive truck is. Not only will the Chevy Colorado have best in class power, torque and acceleration, it will also have exceptional exterior/interior design, comfort and safety features that every truck or non-truck enthusiast can appreciate.” said Chevrolet Philippines - TCCCI, President and Managing Director Atty. Albert B. Arcilla

The Chevy Colorado comes in three variants with the following introductory prices:

  • 2.8L 4x4 Automatic transmission LTZ: P1,538,888
  • 2.8L 4x4 Manual transmission LTZ: P1,468,888
  • 2.5L 4x2 Manual transmission LT: P1,148,888
With the launch of the Colorado, Chevrolet aims to continue the rapid growth in vehicle sales that it has enjoyed since The Covenant Car Company Inc. took over management of the brand in 2009. This year Chevrolet has grown by 49.9% year on year in vehicle sales and similarly the dealer network is set to expand to 19 dealership by the end of 2012, with 5 more to open early next year.

For more information and updates about the Chevrolet Colorado, visit www.chevroletcolorado.com.ph or like the Chevrolet Philippines Facebook page.

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