• Jun 7, 2007
The addition of GM's 5.3L V8 to the HUMMER H3 Alpha for 2008 has resulted in some trickle-down goodness for the SUV's pickup truck platform-mate, the Chevy Colorado. PickupTruck.com is reporting that the smaller Chevy truck will indeed receive the same infusion of V8 power in 2008. We've driven both the Silverado and the GMC Sierra with that engine, and we liked it a lot in the big trucks. Imagining it in the Colorado has grins spreading across our faces, as it will certainly add a good amount of pop, and with the 5.3's cylinder deactivation system, it should also be respectable at the pump, considering it'll have a lot less truck to move around than with the GMT900.

The addition of the 295-horse V8 will catapult the Colorado to the top of the heap in the midsize pickup segment in terms of power, edging the new Dodge Dakota (290 hp), and putting it well beyond the Toyota Tacoma and Ford Ranger (numbers 1 & 2 respectively on the sales charts). GM's been teasing everyone with V8-powered small concept pickups for a while now, and though it won't officially confirm or deny the report (a spokesman only says, "stay tuned"), it sure looks like the General's finally decided to give us the real thing. Good.

[Source: PickupTruck.com]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      I like the 5 banger. I drive a Colorado for work with the 5 cylinder and it does a decent job. Granted, the fuel mileage sucks. It's equal to what my 5.3L Silverado gets, if not worse.

      I can see how the 8 would get better mileage. The motor has to do less work to acheive the same results. With a 5 speed, it could be a fun truck.
        • 7 Years Ago
        That was always my thought, but (recently at least) they only offer the 5 speed manual on the 4 cyl. Perhaps now that they will offer the V8 as the high end engine, they can offer the I-5 with the manual.
      • 7 Years Ago
      My father drives a 5-cylinder GMC Canyon and it has been a great truck. 65,000+ miles and no mechanical problems or unscheduled trips to the dealer. Regularly returns 21-22 mpg. It's not fancy, but it's a friggin' tpickup, after all. The V8 will be swell, but the I5 is unjustly bashed by people who've probably never driven a truck equipped with it. The 5's balance of decent performance and fuel economy is quite good.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'd bet the 5.3-litre would get similar economy vs. the 5-cylinder.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nice...
      • 7 Years Ago
      meh...what a waste...GM would have done better to bring over the 3.0L DI turbo diesel that Isuzu puts into the overseas version of the D-Max (what the Colorado/Canyon/i-Series/H3 are all based on)

      and good luck trying to edge out Toyota...it ain't gonna happen ;)
      • 7 Years Ago
      great just what we need another oversized pickup.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I bet it won't cost much more than the I-5 or I-6 which are likely pretty expensive engines to when compared to a pushrod V-8. Plus the V-8 in that light of a truck is probably going to get pretty good mileage and be able to run on E-85 too.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That's pretty cool - good job GM! Now just clean up the exterior styling a bit and you'll have a winner.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Still a crappy GM product with crappy quality control. No V8 is going to fix those issues.
      Keith Gamble
      • 7 Years Ago
      I would like to see GM fix the older Colorado's. I have an 05, Z71 5cyl. 4wd. Very week, terrible gas milage (15-16). Or at least make a conversion kit. I actually think the gas milage would improve.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Add a diesel and ill buy it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This will definitely help GM reach all those new and upcoming CAFE standards that they're so afraid of!
      HA!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hey, maybe now it'll be able to tow as much as an S-10 could.
      • 7 Years Ago
      60% more cylinders, 43% more displacement, 22% more power. I'd be more impressed if they fixed the gruesome front end styling and the interior plastics and IP design. I've rented these trucks and otherwise they're pretty nice vehicles.
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