We Hear: No Chevrolet Silverado Diesel, But Colorado Diesel Possible
Despite a promising warning sticker spotted under the hood of the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, we don’t expect to see a diesel engine option anytime soon. A peek behind the fuel-filler door reveals no provision or space for a Diesel Exhaust Fluid fill port. The Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon, on the other hand, might eventually offer a diesel in the U.S.
A source informs us that the plant where the all-new Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon midsize truck will be built is currently tooling up a line to build diesel engines. If true, it could mean a diesel Colorado/Canyon for the U.S. market. The engine would likely be one of the two four-cylinder turbodiesels offered in the truck globally, either a 2.5- or 2.8-liter engine. The smaller is good for 150 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, while the latter will make 324 lb-ft with a stick and 346 lb-ft with an automatic.
With the Chevrolet Cruze diesel soon rolling into U.S. showrooms, it makes sense for GM to amortize the cost of federalizing the new engine family by spreading it to other products. Mahindra’s plans to offer diesel-powered trucks in the U.S. may have disappeared, but we know that the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is on the way, with a 3.0-liter turbodiesel and an eight-speed automatic. It appears GM may not have a direct competitor to that truck with the Chevrolet Silverado, but a Colorado diesel could be just the thing to attract Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier buyers tired of minor updates year after year.
What do you think: Would a diesel Colorado sell better in the U.S. than a diesel Silverado?
By Mike Connor