2011 Chevrolet Colorado Performance
In all but one of these models, the 2.9L DOHC 4 cylinder engine is the power plant of choice. It is capable of delivering 185 horsepower and 190 ft-lbs of torque. For buyers who want more horsepower in their truck, a 3.7L DOC 5 cylinder is also available (and standard in the crew cab model) that can provide 242 horsepower and also 242 ft-lbs of torque.
Designers have also provided a third option based the latter on the small block V-8 of years past, which has become something of a legend in GM circles. This is the 5.3L engine which is capable of delivering 300 horsepower with an available torque of 320 ft-lbs.
Engineers have also provided a transmission that meshes perfectly with the motors, offering either a 5 speed manual (Aisin) or a 4 speed automatic (Hydra-Matic) that is electronically controlled. The former comes with the four cylinder engine package except on the crew cab. The automatic is part of the 5 cylinder power plant as well as the V-8 and can also be ordered for use with the 4 cylinder model.
The 4WD system on the Colorado has some interesting innovations as well. The "shift on the fly" system allows a driver to go from 2 wheel drive to 4 wheel drive almost instantaneously. This is important when road conditions change and better control is necessary. It is dash mounted for easy access and can provide added comfort knowing that help for treacherous road is but a simple push away.