NEW FOR 2009:

– 5.3-litre V8 available on Extended and Crew Cab models
– Improved brake system, new fuel system control module for improved economy
– Standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control and bedliner
– New ZQ8 sport suspension
– Z71 features higher stance and larger wheel/tire combination
– New 16-, 17- and 18-inch wheels for LT models
– 1VL Value Package on Extended and Crew Cab models
– Exterior colours: Deep Navy and Aqua Blue Metallic added

For 2009, the Chevrolet Colorado compact pickup truck adds a third engine choice, the 5.3-litre V8 introduced last year on the Colorado-based Hummer H3. Other changes include standard electronic stability control on all models, an improved brake system, a new module for improved fuel economy, and changes to specific trim levels.

Colorado engine choices are now a 2.9-litre four-cylinder, 3.7-litre inline five-cylinder, and the new 5.3-litre V8. Transmission choices are a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic. The Regular, Extended and Crew Cab configurations come in 2WD or 4WD, and all in the two trim lines. The 2.9-litre is available in Regular and Extended Cab models, and in the 2WD Crew Cab; the 3.7-litre is optional on all Regular and Extended Cab models, and standard in the 4WD Crew Cab; the 5.3-litre is optional on all Extended and Crew Cab models.

Features on the LT, which is available only in Regular and Extended Cab, include 16-inch steel wheels, air conditioning, fog lamps, two-position tailgate, variable intermittent wipers, cruise control, carpet floor with rubber mats, driver information centre, tire pressure monitoring system, leather-wrapped tilt wheel, 60/40 cloth split front bench seat, AM/FM stereo, automatic headlamps, and OnStar.

The LT 1SD adds 16-inch alloy wheels, privacy tinted rear windows, and CD/MP3 stereo. The Crew Cab adds power mirrors, power windows, power locks with keyless entry, and anti-theft alarm, a package that can be added to the LT 1SD Regular and Extended Cab models.

Also sold as the GMC Canyon, and the basis of the Hummer H3, the Colorado is one of the smaller pickup trucks on the market and can be optioned with a variety of packages to turn it from a base work vehicle to a tricked-out model with chrome wheels. The new V8 engine also provides more work ability, while giving tuner fans the opportunity to start with more power under the hood.

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