With a box delete option, business owners and fleet managers can have it their way when it comes to customizing the back end of the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado.
Chevrolet announced availability of the package in mid-April. It is the only such option offered in the midsize truck segment, according to the manufacturer.
“With the segment-leading efficiency and maneuverable size, the Colorado makes a great, flexible choice for urban businesses and fleets to make the most of a midsize truck,” said Ed Peper, U.S. vice president, GM Fleet & Commercial. “It’s ideal for utility companies requiring service bodies, as well as landscapers and other businesses needing the utility of a flatbed.”
The box delete package — RPO order code ZW9 — is available on Colorado Work Truck 2WD extended cab models and is offered exclusively with the 305-hp 3.6L V-6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission. A $300 credit is applied to the Colorado’s suggested retail price when the option is selected.
Additional vehicle and package highlights include:
• 2,200-lb. payload rating
• 6,001-lb. gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR)
• Temporary taillamps installed on the rear of the frame
• Rear bumper deleted
• Full-size spare tire included
• Eight body mount provisions (four per frame rail)
• Standard fuel filler position. Optional BJA-code service body fuel filler will be available and shipped loose in the cab for upfitter installation
• Z82 trailering package
• G80 locking differential.
Additionally, an option to delete the rear seat for great cargo capacity and versatility is available with the Colorado Work Truck extended cab regardless of whether the box stays or goes.
“The Colorado was developed with the upfitter industry in mind,” said Mike Jones, product manager, mid-pickups, CNG and LPG. “Input from body manufacturers and fleet owners helped us make the most of the optional fuel filler mounting location to suit their unique needs.”
Chevrolet Colorado was named the 2015 Motor Trend Truck of the Year and Cars.com’s Best Pickup Truck of 2015. It also received Kelley Blue Book’s 5-Year Cost-to-Own award for the midsize truck category.
Like the full-size Chevrolet Silverado, the Colorado has a fully boxed perimeter frame, which provides the strength to support its capabilities and was engineered, to provide a confident, smooth and quiet ride.
A coil-over-type front suspension features aluminum knuckles that are low in mass and high in strength, contributing to a more responsive feel and efficiency. Colorado also features the segment’s first application of energy-saving electric power steering.
The Colorado has a short turning circle of 41.3 ft. (12.6 m), enabling easier maneuvering in tight areas such as on city streets.
Four-wheel disc brakes, with four-piston front calipers, are standard and feature Duralife brake rotors — pioneered on the Silverado — that can offer up to double the service life and save money on maintenance.
In the city, the V-6-powered Colorado 2WD (with box) is rated at 18 mpg, and on the highway, it’s rated at a segment-best 26 mpg.
For more information, visit www.chevrolet.com.