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Chevrolet recently unveiled the all-new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado, which will redefine the midsize truck and offer real truck capability and versatility to Boston Area Chevy customers who don’t require a full-size truck.
The new Colorado is built with the DNA of a true Chevy truck, expected to deliver class-leading power, payload and trailering ratings. Colorado goes on sale in fall 2014 as a 2015 model.
“Chevy’s strategy is simple: meet the needs of the broadest possible customer base, and let them choose precisely the right truck to meet their needs,” said Jason Kurker, Marketing Director for Mirak Chevrolet in Arlington, MA. “The all-new Colorado benefits from the solid foundation established by the Silverado, and it reinvents the midsize truck while reinvigorating the segment at the same time.”
The new Colorado was developed for the North American truck customer, with distinctive design, comfort and connectivity features, including segment firsts such as available forward collision alert and lane departure warning.
Mirak Chevrolet expects Colorado to be the most powerful truck in the segment, allowing Boston Area owners to haul and tow more. A 2.5L I-4 is standard, and a 3.6L V-6 is available. Each engine is tuned, tested and validated for truck use, and each features direct injection and variable valve timing to make the most of power and efficiency. Each is matched with a six-speed automatic transmission, and the 2.5L is available with a six-speed manual transmission on extended cab 2WD Work Truck models.
When properly equipped, the Colorado is expected to offer class leading payload capacity and trailering capacity of more than 6,700 pounds (3,039 kg). That is more than enough capability to throw a weekend’s worth of camping gear in the bed and tow a boat to a favorite lake.
Colorado will also offer the segment’s only diesel engine in its second year – a proven Duramax 2.8L I-4 turbodiesel already offered in global markets. The diesel engine will expand Colorado’s powertrain lineup to cover the broadest range of needs.
“The 2015 Colorado has been designed to be the most versatile and most capable in its segment, bar none,” said Kurker. “Not everyone needs full-size capability, but they still deserve the strength and true-truck attributes that come in larger models. The Colorado delivers capability with confidence – and a fun-to-drive spirit that complements active lifestyles.”
Designed with a zeal for adventure
The Colorado’s North American design is unique, with a confident stance and a sporty demeanor. Taller bedsides, for example, are exclusive to North America and match the aggressive, raked belt line of the cab, creating a distinctive proportion that reinforces the truck’s athleticism while better securing items stored in the bed.
The 2015 Colorado’s configurations are an extended cab model with a 6-foot bed, a crew cab with a 5-foot bed and a crew cab with a 6-foot bed. With the tailgate down, the 6-foot bed allows hauling of 8-foot-long items.
“The new Colorado’s design brings a youthful breath of fresh air to the midsize truck segment and puts a progressive spin on Chevrolet’s true-truck styling,” said Ken Parkinson, executive director of Chevrolet Design. “It’s like the younger, more eager brother of the Silverado – a Chevy truck through and through, with great zeal and a spirit of adventure.”
WT, LT and Z71 trims are available, all in 2WD or 4WD. The off-road-inspired Z71 is the brawniest of the bunch. It also features a gunmetal grille surround – a change from the chrome standard on the other models – projector headlamps and unique 17-inch aluminum wheels.
The Colorado features triple-sealed doors inlaid in the body sides, like the 2014 Silverado, for improved aerodynamic performance and a quieter interior.
To help keep overall mass down and improve the front-to-rear weight balance, the Colorado features a segment-first aluminum hood. It also features the segment’s only active aero grille shutters, which close at certain highway speeds to enhance aerodynamics.
And because it’s a true Chevy truck, the Colorado leaves nothing on the table when it comes to innovative solutions for hauling and accessing cargo:
Standard CornerStep rear bumper design pioneered on the 2014 Silverado
Available EZ Lift-and-Lower tailgate that uses an internal torsion bar to make raising the tailgate easier with one hand, and a damper for more-controlled lowering
Standard two-tier loading that allows a platform to effectively split the bed into upper and lower sections, making it easier to haul, store and conceal items such as tools
Thirteen standard tie-down locations throughout the bed for use with available, movable cargo tie-down rings
Standard bed rail and tailgate protectors
Available factory-installed spray-in bed liner.
An interior for work, recreation and everyday comfort
Blending cues from Silverado with a style all its own, the interior of the 2015 Colorado is designed to be comfortable, is cleverly equipped and well connected. A bold, upright instrument panel with large instruments and a central driver information center is similar to Silverado, while featuring a center console with a floor-mounted shifter similar to those found in midsize cars and crossovers.
Colorado cabin designers paid exceptional attention to detail and premium appointments, including a sculpted headliner that enhances headroom, halo lighting on key controls for easier view and an open area at the front of the center console for easier phone charging. The Z71 model features exclusive color and trim details, including embossed seatbacks and contrast stitching.
“We took the best attributes of full-size trucks and midsize cars to develop a passenger space that delivers a balance of unmatched functionality and comfort,” said Parkinson. “It’s designed to be as useful as possible, with storage compartments and clever features throughout, for owners who will use the Colorado as their daily driver and for weekend getaways.”
Interior details include:
Sculpted door panels that make it easier to enter/exit the vehicle
Upper-instrument panel storage bin (when not equipped with the uplevel audio system) and large glove box
Standard center console with room to store a tablet
Rear under-seat storage.
Dual-firmness foam helps Colorado’s seats wear for long-haul comfort with high-wear, stain-resistant cloth seating trim. Leather-appointed seating is available.
Connectivity, control and safety technologies enhance Colorado’s driving experience
The new Colorado’s technologies are aimed at complementing owners’ lifestyles with connectivity and other features that support their daily and recreational lives – and help keep them safe, including:
Eight-inch diagonal color touch screen (LT, Z71) and multiple USB drives
A 3.4-inch diagonal driver information screen in the instrument cluster
Available next-generation OnStar and MyLink enhancements with gesture recognition and natural language voice recognition
Standard and available features designed to keep the Colorado’s occupants safe before, during and after a crash include:
Six standard air bags, including head side curtain air bags designed to help keep occupants from being ejected in a crash
Large rearview mirrors and standard rear-vision camera system for greater visibility
Available segment-first application of forward collision alert
Available segment-first application of lane departure warning
Standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control system with rollover mitigation, trailer sway control, hill start assist and hill descent control (Z71).
Chevy truck DNA supports leading capabilities
The Colorado delivers the capability expected of a Chevy truck – including segment-leading payload and trailering. Like the Silverado, the Colorado has a fully boxed perimeter frame, which provides the strength to support its capabilities, as well as 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, immediate feel to driver inputs, as well as efficiency. Colorado also features the segment’s first application of electric power steering, which enhances efficiency by avoiding the energy used by what conventionally is an engine-driven feature.
The Colorado has a short turning radius of about 41 feet (12.5 meters), enabling easier turning in tight areas such as city streets or backing a trailer into a camping spot.
Four-wheel disc brakes, with four-piston front calipers, are standard and feature Duralife™ brake rotors – also pioneered on the 2014 Silverado. They offer up to double the service life, which can save money on maintenance.
Another Chevy truck feature offered on the Colorado is the G80 automatic locking rear differential. Introduced by Chevy more than 40 years ago, it gives drivers a traction advantage when needed. It is standard on Z71 and available on WT and LT.
Truck-tuned powertrains designed for work, efficiency
The 2.5L and 3.6L engines offered in the Colorado are based on proven designs found in other Chevrolet vehicles, but tuned uniquely for truck duty – including more torque at lower rpm – for a more confident feeling of power when the Colorado is loaded or pulling a trailer.
The 2.5L four is estimated at 193 horsepower (146 kW) and 184 lb-ft of torque (253 Nm), with approximately 90 percent of the peak torque available from 2,000 rpm to 6,200 rpm. The 3.6L engine is estimated at 302 horsepower (224 kW) and 270 lb-ft of torque (366 Nm). SAE certification of the power ratings is pending.
Aluminum blocks and forged-steel crankshafts, along with dual-overhead camshafts with variable valve timing, direct injection and jet-spray piston cooling are features shared on both engines. A number of extended-life components can help reduce maintenance intervals and reduce the cost of ownership.
All models are matched with a six-speed automatic that complements the truck-tuned engines with features that make hauling and trailering easier and more comfortable, including auto grade braking and a tow/haul mode. Extended cab 2WD WT models equipped with the 2.5L engine are also available with a six-speed manual transmission.
Chevrolet will continue to work on and develop the Colorado until the start of production in 2014.
Family-owned since 1936, Mirak Chevrolet is a Boston Area Chevy Dealer in Arlington, MA.
Mirak Chevrolet is happy to announce a brand new accessories page on our website where you can see what various parts and accessories would look like on your exact Chevrolet vehicle.
Just visit the page at http://www.mirakchevrolet.com/GMAccessories , and enter your vehicle. Then you can generate an image of what it would look like with whatever accessory you’re curious about. (Pretty neat.)
Then if you like, you can see the price for the part itself, or the price for it installed on your vehicle. Either way, you can order online from the same page.
This works especially well with a smartphone, as illustrated in the following video:
Here at Mirak our Chevrolet service department is one of the largest in New England- and we are open nights and weekends. We have a full service collision center and our service department can handle pretty much any situation your vehicle could run into. Whether it is a simple service or a major repair- we got you covered.
With hundreds of cars and trucks being scheduled for service it is often difficult for our Customer Care Department to field every incoming phone call immediately. We do try, but with such high call volume it is tough.
Since we really hate having you wait, on our website we have a Service/ Parts section where you will find the “Schedule a Service Appointment” option. On this page you can schedule your next appointment at times that are available and also convenient for you. Save time and don’t worry about ever being placed on hold.
(If you need help with setting this up please call us and someone from the customer care department will help you. 781-873-1211)
Our service department here at Mirak Chevrolet is one of the largest automotive service facilities in the Boston Area- and all of New England. We are open more hours than most to accommodate our customers’ busy schedules. (Click here for our complete hours.)
Mirak Chevrolet is a Boston Area Chevrolet Dealer
The Damage Caused by a Pothole
Boston area cities and towns experience extensive freeze/thaw cycles. You can expect to see more potholes in the winter and spring, following periods of cold temperatures and rain or snow. Unfortunately, as any seasoned Boston Area driver can tell you, hitting a pothole can wreak havoc on your car.
The damage caused by a pothole can vary widely, depending on several factors, such as the depth of the hole and the speed at which it is hit. Often the first casualty from hitting a pothole is the tires. Obviously, flat tires by way of punctures are a concern. Excessive tread wear and damage can also be a result of damage caused by potholes.
There are some subtle warning signs that a tire may have sustained damage caused by potholes. A bulge appearing in the sidewall of tires means there is a problem that needs to be looked at by the service professionals at the Mirak Service Center before a blowout occurs. Exhaust systems can be damaged when hitting a pothole as well. If new, different and louder, or just plain weird sounds coming from the muffler or exhaust pipe are in evidence it may mean there is a leak in the system or that some other component has been damaged and it should be looked at before it leads to something worse and generally more expensive.
Besides the tires, the suspension systems, (including the shocks and struts), are particularly vulnerable to damage caused by potholes. Since those components are designed to absorb the rough rides we sometimes subject our vehicles to in the Boston Area, the sudden jolt of hitting a deep pothole may be too much for the suspension system to handle, leading to potentially costly repairs.
Another classic pothole injury is having the alignment thrown off. This can be evident if the steering wheel must be held at an angle to keep the car traveling straight down the road. Since most of the wheel rims on modern vehicles are made of aluminum alloys, dings and dents can be easily inflicted by potholes.
Ways to Avoid Pothole Damage
The ways to avoid damage caused by potholes are pretty simple and straightforward. Be sure to keep the tires on vehicles inflated to the proper pressure. Over or under inflated tires are far more susceptible to pothole damage. So check your tire pressure often during pothole season.
Don’t tailgate, as this affords you less time to see a potential hazard approaching. If the weather is bad and visibility is compromised, slow down and again, leave plenty of space between vehicles so you have the most time possible to avoid potholes.
The Boston Globe maintains a current online map of potholes around the Boston Area.
The City of Boston now has a pothole app for mobile phones. This new technology could help you immediately tell someone who can do something about the pothole. The new app called “Street Bump” allows drivers to automatically report the road hazards to the city, Street Bump: http://bit.ly/MMbA85
To report a pothole on state-owned roads, motorists can call 511 using mobile devices or dial 617-973-7800, the Commonwealth’s Highway Division switchboard.
Repairing the Damage
Any damage caused by potholes can easily be diagnosed and fixed by the highly qualified professionals at the Mirak Service Center. We are prepared to work on any make or model of vehicle and have the ability to make appointments online in the Boston Area by visiting the Service Appointment Page, found here.
Of special interest to Pothole Victims, is that our Service Department often has special offers for front-end alignments. (Check our Service Specials Page, here.)
Sadly, sometimes a pothole can do more damage than an alignment can fix. Just look at this wheel after it came across an unfriendly pothole. This situation can be expensive if the only fix is to buy a new wheel. New car alloy wheels can easily cost as much as $500 each.
Mirak Chevrolet offers a great Road Hazard Tire & Wheel Protection Program. This coverage is up to 5 yrs and the coverage has no deductible. This will cover your tires for repairs or replacement should your tires become damaged by road hazards. It covers the wheels as well as the tires. For more information, give us a call or use the link below and ask for the Finance and Insurance Manager.
How can I file a claim for damage caused to my car by a pothole?
Often times the damage caused by a pothole will be reimbursed by the city or town where the damage occurred. Document your loss as best as possible- photograph the pothole in question and save receipts to document your loss. Then file a Notice of Claim form with the town clerk’s office in the city or town in question.
Mirak Chevrolet is a Boston Area Chevy dealer in Arlington, MA
The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado’s safety systems incorporate new technologies designed to protect Boston area drivers and passengers through all three phases of vehicle safety: before, during and after a collision.
Two available active safety technologies – forward collision alert and lane departure warning – are new to Silverado and are segment firsts. They use a forward-mounted camera to identify and warn drivers when they’re at risk of colliding with another vehicle or leaving their lane. Also, the all-new convex driver’s side spotter mirror assists drivers to help avoid crashes.
New applications of advanced, high-strength and ultra-high-strength steel, along with new safety belt lap pretensioners, help provide additional occupant protection in case a crash does occur.
“Boston area Silverado drivers expect a lot of their truck from hauling lumber during the week to their kids baseball practices on the weekends, and they will not compromise on safety,” said Mark Buck of Mirak Chevrolet. “The 2014 Silverado is packed with safety features that will help protected drivers before, during and after a collision.”
Silverado’s numerous safety evaluations included extensive computer simulations with math modeling and physical crash testing using a family of crash test dummies GM helped develop.
Before: preventing crashes in the first place
The 2014 Silverado’s full complement of vehicle safety technologies are designed to help Boston area drivers keep control of the truck and prevent collisions.
Available forward collision alert technology helps prevent frontal crashes by alerting the driver when the truck is closing in on a vehicle ahead too quickly, giving him or her additional time to react and avoid a crash. Forward collision alert tracks the vehicle ahead using a forward-facing camera and a three-step visual and sound alert:
• Step one: A green telltale light illuminates in the instrument cluster to let the driver know the system is on and tracking the vehicle ahead.
• Step two: An amber light cautions the driver that the driver may be following much too closely, or tailgating.
• Step three: Flashing red lights reflect up in the windshield along with warning beeps that a collision may be imminent.
Technologies introduced on the previous generation Silverado, including GM’s StabiliTrak electronic stability control with rollover mitigation technology, trailer sway control and hill-start assist, are on this latest generation as well. Further confidence comes from an available rear vision camera and front and rear park assist.
Standard on all light-duty Silverado models, StabiliTrak is always on, providing full stability, traction and ABS control whenever the vehicle operates in forward gears. The system intervenes with brake pressure, engine torque and, on 4WD Autotrac models, adjusts front to rear drive torque distribution to when it senses one or more of the wheels slipping or when the vehicle is not following the direction being steered.