The choice to remove the bed is exclusively available on the Colorado Work Truck trim in the rear-wheel drive, extended cab model with a 305-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6 and six-speed automatic gearbox, and Chevy claims this is the only option of its type in the segment. Beyond the obvious loss of the rear, these trucks feature eight mounting points on the frame for upfitters to install any necessary modifications. They also get the Z82 trailering package and a locking differential. The versions with the box delete package carry a payload rating of 2,200 pounds an a gross vehicle weight rating of 6,001 pounds.
"It's ideal for utility companies requiring service bodies, as well as landscapers and other businesses needing the utility of a flatbed," Ed Peper, US Vice President for General Motors Fleet and Commerical, said in the option's announcement.
Further options with the package are limited to choosing a repositioned fuel filler for the upfitter to install and deleting the rear seat for extra interior capacity. The box delete becomes available in mid-April, and buyers get a $300 credit off the price of the Colorado when it's selected.
Chevrolet package offers unique midsize pickup platform for alternative uses
INDIANAPOLIS – 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 today announced availability of the package in mid-April. It is on display this week at the annual National Truck Equipment Association Work Truck Show in Indianapolis. It is the only such option offered in the midsize truck segment.
"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-pound payload rating
6,001-pound 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 feet (12.6 meters), 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.
Editors' note: Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) excludes tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment. Includes dealer freight charges and option package discounts.
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