2008 Colorado

Overviews

For release: Aug. 1, 2007

2008 CHEVY COLORADO

New for 2008

Model Lineup

Engines

Transmissions

Vortec
2.9L I-4

Vortec
3.7L I-5

5-spd man
(Aisin AI AR-5)

4-spd auto
(Hydra-Matic 4L60)

2WD Regular Cab 

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2WD Extended Cab

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2WD Crew Cab

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4WD Regular Cab

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4WD Extended Cab

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4WD Crew Cab

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*Standard with Z85 suspension
**Standard with Z71 suspension

Key

Standard

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Optional

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Not Available

2008 CHEVY COLORADO : CHOICES + CAPABLITY = VERSATILITY

Coming out of a model year that saw significant changes, including two new, more powerful engines, the 2008 Chevy Colorado lineup soldiers on with minimal changes and all of the versatility the customers have come to expect from this lineup of capable trucks.

Colorado is available in regular cab, extended cab and crew cab configurations, as well as 2WD and 4WD. The base engine in all but 4WD crew cabs is a powerful, 2.9L DOHC four-cylinder with variable valve timing (VVT) that delivers 185 horsepower (138 kW) and 190 lb.-ft. of torque (258 Nm).* Available in all models – and standard in the 4WD crew cab – is a 3.7L DOHC five-cylinder with VVT that is rated at 242 horsepower (180 kW) and 242 lb.-ft. of torque (328 Nm).*

Colorado ’s various body styles and powertrain combinations are available in WT, LS and LT trims. LS models come with a color-keyed appearance for a sporty appearance.

Colorado can seat up to six while offering much higher levels of ride comfort, handling, quietness and interior space than many other midsize trucks. Standard features include rack-and-pinion steering, intermittent wipers, air conditioning, tilt steering wheel, cruise control and folding outside mirrors.

Notable optional equipment includes remote keyless entry; traction assist (2WD models); XM Satellite Radio; fog lamps; self-dimming inside rearview mirror; power, heated leather seating; high-back bucket seats; a rear sliding window; and power-operated outside rearview mirrors.

Colorado ’s instrument panel has large, easy-to-read analog gauges, with switches and controls designed for easy operation with gloves. Crew cab models offer a 60/40-split/folding rear seat capable of accommodating three adults. Extended cab versions have four doors, and its two folding rear seats face forward.

Regular and extended cab models have a 6-foot 1-inch (1.85 m) pickup bed with taller sides than many competitors, providing best-in-class volume for deeper storage and higher overall payload. Crew cab bed lengths are 5-foot 1-inch (1.55 m). Both beds offer two-tier cargo loading and tailgates that are both lockable and easily removable. The crew cab box offers a standard lock.

Colorado ’s tailgate opens fully to almost 90 degrees, but can be set at a 55-degree opening. That puts the tailgate edge at the same height as the top of the rear wheel wells within the cargo box, creating a sturdy, flat platform to conveniently transport longer items or 4-foot by 8-foot (1.2-meter by 2.4-meter) panels.

With its efficient packaging, Colorado looks and feels more like a spacious full-size pickup than a typical midsize truck. Colorado has a stiff frame that enables more precise suspension tuning to deliver a smooth, isolated ride without sacrificing responsive handling. Colorado also delivers class-leading refinement with features such as hydraulically assisted rack-and-pinion steering; large front disc brakes with twin-piston calipers; coil-over front suspension on 2WD models and torsion bar front suspension on 4WD models; and specifically tuned body mounts that help reduce interior noise and vibration.

There are two suspension systems available on Colorado : the rugged Z85 suspension, which is standard on 2WD or 4WD models, and the Z71 off-road suspension, which is available on both 2WD and 4WD models.

Powertrains

Standard on all models except 4WD crew cabs is a 2.9L DOHC four-cylinder engine rated at 185 horsepower (138 kW)* and 190 lb.-ft. of torque (258 Nm).* A 3.7L DOHC five-cylinder is standard on 4WD crew cabs and available on all other Colorado models. It is rated at 242 horsepower (180 kW) and 242 lb.-ft. of torque (328 Nm).*

Both engines are based on GM’s modular inline engine design, which also serves as the foundation for the 4.2L inline-six engine of the Chevy TrailBlazer. They feature dual overhead camshafts, variable valve timing, electronic throttle control and other features that contribute to high levels of operating efficiency and fuel economy. Balance shafts help ensure smooth operation of the engines, providing a higher level of refinement.

Transferring the Colorado engines’ torque to the axles is an Aisin five-speed manual transmission or a Hydra-Matic 4L60 electronically controlled four-speed automatic. The manual transmission is standard with the four-cylinder engine. The automatic is standard with the five-cylinder engine and available with the four-cylinder.

Safety features

Colorado has standard dual-stage frontal air bags with a passenger sensing system. Dual-stage frontal air bags are designed to help reduce the risk of air bag-induced injury. When the air bag system’s control unit detects an impact, it determines whether the crash is severe enough to trigger a deployment, and whether the primary amount of inflation is sufficient. The primary stage alone will deploy in most frontal impacts requiring the supplemental protection of an air bag, while a secondary stage is designed to deploy in more severe frontal collisions.

Colorado also offers head curtain air bags for enhanced side-impact protection – the first vehicle in the segment to offer side air bags. The optional head curtain side air bags act like a protective curtain when deployed, unfolding from the roof rail between the A-pillar and side window header. When the bag deploys in a moderate to severe side impact, it is angled somewhat toward the window to help provide protection for front- and rear-seat outboard passengers.

Pretensioners at the outboard front-seat positions deploy at the same time as the frontal air bags to take up slack in the safety belt webbing. Pretensioners also help reduce the amount of occupant movement in the event of a crash to help reduce the risk of injury.

The front outboard seating positions in all Colorado models, and the rear outboard positions of Crew Cabs, feature safety belt upper guide loops; they are adjustable on the front seats. A three-point safety belt is standard for the center-rear seat in all Crew Cabs.

Additional safety and security items include daytime running lights; a first-in-class driver information center with oil life monitor; four-wheel anti-lock brakes; PASSLock II vehicle theft protection; first-in-class lockout protection (standard with power door locks); child security locks (standard on Crew Cab rear doors); and battery rundown protection.

All retail models come with OnStar, with one-year Safe & Sound Service; it is available on WT models. . OnStar is the leading provider of in-vehicle safety, security and information services in the United States and Canada. Using the GPS satellite network and wireless technology, OnStar features core safety services and OnStar Hands-Free Calling that allows drivers to make and receive voice-activated phone calls using an externally mounted antenna for greater reception.

*SAE certified.

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Contact:
 Brian Goebel
Chevrolet Communications
Phone: 313-665-8049
E-mail: brian.goebel@gm.com

Lynda Messina
Product Development Communications
Phone: 586-492-2866
E-mail: lynda.messina@gm.com

Tony LaRocca
GM of Canada Communications
Phone: 905-644-1804
E-mail: tony.larocca@gm.com

Antonio Sanchez Jimenez
Gerente de Relaciones Públicas y Comunicación
General Motors de Mexico
Office: 011-5255-5901-3042
E-mail: angelantonio.sanchezjimenez@gm.com

SPECIFICATIONS

(See GM of Canada section for Canadian product information)

Overview

Models:

2WD Regular Cab

2WD Extended Cab

2WD Crew Cab

4WD Regular Cab

4WD Extended Cab

4WD Crew Cab

Body style / driveline:

regular Cab (2-3 passengers), extended Cab (4-5 passengers), crew Cab (5-6 passengers), front-engine rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive pickup

Construction:

welded steel ladder H-frame, electrogalvanized steel

EPA vehicle class:

compact pickup

Manufacturing location:

Shreveport, Louisiana

Key competitors:

Ford Ranger, Dodge Dakota, Toyota Tacoma, Nissan Frontier, Mazda B-Series

crew cab: Dodge Dakota Quad Cab, Nissan Frontier Crew Cab, Toyota Tacoma Double Cab, Ford Explorer Sport Trac

Engines

Vortec 2.9L I-4

Vortec 3.7L I-5

Application:

std on regular cab, extended cab and 2WD crew cab

std on 4WD crew cab; opt on 2WD crew cab, regular cab and extended cab

Type:

2.9L inline 4-cylinder

3.7L inline 5-cylinder

Displacement (cu in / cc):

178 / 2921

223 / 3654

Bore & stroke (in / mm):

3.76 x 4 / 95.5 x 102

3.76 x 4 / 95.5 x 102

Block material:

A356-T6 cast aluminum

A356-T6 cast aluminum

Cylinder head material:

A356-T6 cast aluminum

A356-T6 cast aluminum

Valvetrain:

dual overhead camshafts, continuously variable valve timing, 4 valves-per-cylinder

dual overhead camshafts, continuously variable valve timing, 4 valves-per-cylinder

Ignition system:

coil-on-plug, platinum-tipped spark plugs

coil-on-plug, platinum-tipped spark plugs

Fuel delivery:

sequential fuel injection

sequential fuel injection

Compression ratio:

10:1

10:1

Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm):

185 / 138 @ 5600*

242 / 180 @ 5600*

Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm):

190 / 258 @ 2800*

242 / 328 @ 2800*

Recommended fuel:

regular unleaded

regular unleaded

Maximum engine speed (rpm):

6300

6300

Emissions controls:

evaporative system, close-couple and underfloor catalytic converters

evaporative system, close-couple and underfloor catalytic converters

Estimated fuel economy:

reg. cab 2WD auto: 18 / 24
reg. cab 2WD man: 18 / 24
crew cab 2WD auto: 18 / 24
crew cab 2WD man: 18 / 24
reg. cab 4WD man: 16 / 22
reg cab 4WD auto: 17 / 22

reg. cab 2WD auto: 16 / 22
crew cab 2WD auto: 16 / 22
reg. cab 4WD auto: 15 / 21
crew cab 4WD auto 15 / 20
cab chassis 2WD auto: 14 / 18
cab chassis 4WD auto: 15 / 20

Transmissions

Aisin AI AR-5

Hydra-Matic 4L60

Type:

5-speed manual

4-speed automatic

Gear ratios (:1):

First:

3.75

3.06

Second:

2.26

1.63

Third:

1.37

1.00

Fourth:

1.00

0.70

Fifth:

0.73

Reverse:

3.67

2.29

Final drive ratio w/ 3.42 axle (:1):

2.49

2.39

Chassis/Suspension

Front:

independent with coil springs, shock absorbers and stabilizer bar (2WD); independent with torsion bars, shock absorbers and stabilizer bar (4WD)

Rear:

live axle with steel, two-stage semi-elliptic multileaf springs

Steering type:

power-assisted rack-and-pinion

Steering ratio:

17.4:1 (2WD); 18.3:1 (4WD)

Steering wheel turns, lock-to-lock:

2WD Z85: 3.31; Z71: 3.2; 4WD (Z85 and Z71): 3.2

Turning circle, curb-to-curb (ft / m):

2WD swb: 39.7 / 12; lwb: 44.3 / 13.5
4WD swb: 40.7 / 12.4; lwb: 44.3 / 13.5

Brakes

Type:

vacuum power, front disc/rear drum, standard anti-lock

Rotor diameter x thickness (in / mm):

front: 11 x 1.1 / 280 x 27

Drum diameter x width (in / mm):

rear: 11.6 x 1.8 / 295 x 45

Total rotor swept area (sq in / sq cm):

105.7 / 681.7

Drum swept area (sq in / sq cm):

64.6 / 417

Wheels/Tires

Wheel size & type:

15-inch x 6-inch steel (std WT)

15-inch x 6.5-inch aluminum (std LS and LT)

15-inch x 7-inch aluminum with Z71 Off Road suspension

15-inch x 7-inch chrome optional with Z85 and Z71

Tires:

P205/75R15 standard all-season steel-belted radial tires (WT)

P225/75R15 all-season steel-belted radial tires

P235/75R15 on-/off-road steel-belted radial tires (standard on 4WD)

P265/75R15 on/off-road steel belted radial (with Z71 Off Road package)

Dimensions

Exterior

Regular Cab

Extended Cab

Crew Cab

Regular Cab

Extended Cab

Crew Cab

 

2WD

2WD

2WD

4WD

4WD

4WD

Wheelbase (in / mm):

111.3 / 2826

126 / 3200

126 / 3200

111.3 / 2827

126 / 3200

126 / 3200

Overall length (in / mm):

192.4 / 4886

207.1 / 5260

207.1 / 5260

192.4 / 4886

207.1 / 5260

207.1 / 5260

Overall width (in / mm):

67.6 / 1717

67.6 / 1717

67.6 / 1717

68.6 / 1742

68.6 / 1742

68.6 / 1742

Overall height (in / mm):

64.9 / 1649

64.9 / 1649

65.2 / 1656

67.6 / 1718

67.6 / 1718

67.9 / 1723

Track (in / mm):

front: 57.5 / 1460

front: 57.5 / 1460

front: 57.5 / 1460

front: 59.6 / 1515

front: 59.6 / 1515

front: 59.6 / 1515

rear: 57.5 / 1460

rear: 57.5 / 1460

rear: 57.5 / 1460

rear: 59.8 / 1520

rear: 59.8 / 1520

rear: 59.8 / 1520

Minimum ground clearance front (in / mm);

Z85:

7.3 / 185.7

7.3 / 185.7

7.6 / 192.6

7.9 / 201.6

7.5 / 191.4

7.7 / 195.3

Z71:

8.8 / 223.7

9 / 228.7

8.7 / 221.1

8.8 / 223.7

9 / 228.7

8.7 / 221.1

Ground to top of load floor (in / mm):

Z85:

26.9 / 683

26.9 / 683

27.5 / 698

29.6 / 752

29.6 / 752

29.6 / 752

Z71:

30.5 / 774

30.5 / 774

30.5 / 774

30.5 / 774

30.5 / 774

30.5 / 774

Step-in height (in / mm):

17.6 / 466

17.6 / 466

17.6 / 466

21.1 / 535

21.1 / 535

21.1 / 535

Curb weight, base suspension (lb / kg):

I-4 with manual:

3375 / 1531

3461 / 1570

3677 / 1668

3611 / 1638

3769 / 1710

3957 / 1795

I-4 with automatic:

3452 / 1566

3674 / 1650

3774 / 1715

3706 / 1685

3910 / 1777

4037 / 1835

I-5 with manual:

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

I-5 with automatic:

3498 / 1599

3689 / 1688

3747 / 1703

3712 / 1687

3945 / 1793

4093 / 1886

Cargo Box

Regular Cab

Extended Cab

Crew Cab

Cargo volume (cu ft / L):

44 / 1246

44 / 1246

37 / 1048

Length at floor (in / mm):

72.9 / 1849

72.9 / 1849

61.1 / 1552

Width at floor (in / mm):

57.2 / 1453

57.2 / 1453

57.2 / 1453

Width between wheel housings (in / mm):

42.6 / 1082

42.6 / 1082

42.6 / 1082

Tailgate width (in / mm):

52.4 / 1331

52.4 / 1331

52.4 / 1331

Inside height (in / mm):

18.6 / 472

18.6 / 472

18.6 / 47

Interior

Regular Cab

Extended Cab

Crew Cab

Seating capacity:

2-3

4-5

5-6

Headroom (in / mm):

39.6 / 1006

front: 39.6 / 1006

front: 38.6 / 1006

rear: 37.9 / 963

rear: 38.3 / 973

Legroom (in / mm):

44 / 1118

front: 44 / 1118

front: 44 / 1118

rear: 23.1 / 587

rear: 34.8 / 884

Shoulder room (in / mm):

57.1 / 1450

front: 57.1 / 1450

front: 57.1 / 1450

rear: 57.2 / 1453

rear: 57.1 / 1450

Hip room (in / mm):

53.3 / 1354

front: 53.3 / 1354

front: 53.3 / 1354

rear: 57.6 / 1463

rear: 52.9 / 1344

Capacities

Regular Cab

Extended Cab

Crew Cab

GVWR, standard (lb / kg):

2WD: 4850 / 2200

2WD: 5000 / 2268

2WD: 5000 / 2268

4WD: 5150 / 2336

4WD: 5300 / 2404

4WD: 5300 / 2404

Payload, base (lb / kg):

2WD: 1733 / 957

2WD: 1654 / 747

2WD: 1489 / 672

4WD: 1547 / 698

4WD: 1644 / 742

4WD: 1498 / 676

Fuel tank (gal / L):

19.6 / 74.2

19.6 / 74.2

19.6 / 74.2

 

 

Vortec 2.9L

Vortec 3.7L

 

manual

automatic

manual

automatic

Engine oil (qt / L):

4.5 / 4.7

4.5 / 4.7

4.5 / 4.7

4.5 / 4.7

Maximum trailer weight (lb / kg)

Regular Cab 2WD w/ 3.73 axle:

2300 / 1043

3300 / 1497

N/A

4000 / 1814

Extended Cab 2WD w/ 3.73 axle:

2100 / 953

3100 / 1406

N/A

4000 / 1814

Crew Cab 2WD w/ 3.73 axle:

1900 / 862

2900 / 1315

N/A

4000 / 1814

Regular Cab 4WD w/ 3.73 axle:

2000 / 907

3000 / 1361

N/A

4000 / 1814

Extended Cab 4WD w/ 3.73 axle:

1900 / 862

2900 / 1315

N/A

4000 / 1814

Crew Cab 4WD w/ 3.73 axle:

N/A

2700 / 1225

N/A

4000 / 1814

Maximum tongue weight:

Trailer tongue weight should be 10% to 15% of total loaded trailer weight up to 400 lb / 182 kg

*SAE certified. A new voluntary power and torque certification procedure developed by the SAE Engine Test Code committee was approved March 31, 2005. This procedure (J2723) ensures fair, accurate ratings for horsepower and torque by allowing manufacturers to certify their engines through third-party witness testing. GM was the first auto manufacturer to begin using the procedure and expects to use it for all newly rated engines in the future.

Note: Information shown is current at time of publication.

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