September 3, 2014 at 6:43 pm

GM 2015 Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon to offer best-in-segment fuel economy

General Motors Co. said Wednesday that its 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon will offer best-in-segment fuel economy for pickups powered by V-6 engines, with ratings three to five miles per gallon higher than competitors.

The company said its 305-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 paired with an six-speed automatic transmission will get 18 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and a combined 21 mpg in the two-wheel drive configuration. Four-wheel drive versions will get 17 mpg city, 24 mpg highway and 20 mpg combined.

The Environmental Protection Agency certified ratings were released Wednesday.

The figures are above V-6 engine ratings for the midsize truck segment’s only other competitors — the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier. A two-wheel drive Frontier, for example, is rated at 16 mpg city and 22 mpg highway.

GM said fuel economy ratings for four-cylinder engines in the Colorado and Canyon aren’t yet final. For the 2016 model year, GM will add a 2.8-liter Duramax turbodiesel engine option for the Colorado and Canyon.

GM is betting that consumers will return to a shrinking midsize truck market with its new entries including a sporty looking Colorado and more premium Canyon. Production on the new trucks began this week, and the Colorado and Canyon will hit dealerships later in the fall.

GM said dealers have ordered nearly 28,000 midsize Colorado pickups, about seven times what GM predicted — and 14,000 Canyons.

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