Diesel destined for GM midsize pickups; Chevy launches special editions - Chron.com

Come fall, the 2016 Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon will get a big dose of torque, thanks to GM's newest Duramax diesel engine. 8-liter four-cylinder generates 369 lb. -ft. of peak torque at 2,000 rpm, boosting tow ratings to 7,700 pounds for 2WD Colorados and Canyons. The new Duramax uses a variable geometry turbocharger to help the engine deliver a useful torque band. Four-wheel-drive pickups get a new two-speed transfer case. "It is a no-compromise turbocharged engine that is also really fun to drive, with excellent responsiveness," said Scott Yackley , assistant chief engineer. "It was designed specifically for trucks and has undergone many of the same validation tests as the 6. 6-liter Duramax, contributing to legendary Duramax durability and reliability. GM's diesel-powered midsize pickups will come standard with a driver-selectable exhaust brake. In cruise mode, the exhaust brake is integrated with the pickups' cruise-control system and helps maintain a preset speed while descending grades. To get the 2. 8-liter Duramax, buyers will have to step up to a Canyon SLE and SLT or Colorado LT and Z71. The diesel engine package, only available with crew cabs, carries a $3,730 premium over comparably equipped 3. 6-liter V6 pickups. Source: www.chron.com