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Diesel Power in the Mid-Sized Truck Class

2015 GMC Canyon Diesel

When shopping for a new truck the consideration to buy a diesel engine is always an attractive one but one that has been limited to the full-sized truck lineup for generations.  The benefits of a diesel engine are the additional low end torque that is offered, which is usually what a truck owner needs to either get work done by pulling, hauling or pushing, or what is used to head out on some treacherous trails and make it through and over the various obstacles that are found in the wilderness areas of the countryside.

For 2016 there will be a pair of mid-sized trucks that offer the low end torque needed and they are the GM pair that has taken back the mid-sized truck lineup in a big way.  The Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon will both offer a model that will be powered by a 2.8-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder engine.  These Duramax diesel models will show up with 181 horsepower and a massive 369 lb.-ft. of torque to give the power where we need it to get any job done.  Other engines in the lineup bring in more horsepower but much less torque, giving us the truck that does what a truck should do and in the mid-sized segment.

The claim from GMC is this engine is going to be a clean burning diesel and offer the lowest emissions every.  The build for the 2.8-liter turbodiesel features an iron cylinder block with aluminum dual-overhead cam head, a forged steel crankshaft and connecting rods, a common rail direct injection fuel system and a balance shaft to run the oil pump.  The cooled exhaust helps this truck be a low emissions model with the gas recirculation system that will push some of the exhaust back into the intake to lower the combustion temperatures and reduces the emissions.

Another great feature of the these trucks is the fact they will reach the maximum torque at only 2,000 rpms.  This offers some of the strongest low end power ever seen and gives the Colorado and Canyon the ability to tow up to 7,700 pounds on the rear-wheel drive models and 7,600 with the four-wheel drive versions.  These models also reduce the vibration and absorb noise in the braking system to be quieter diesels than most that are on the road chugging out the diesel exhaust and offering a loud ride.

The plan to launch a diesel model on the pair of GM beauties was in the works from the beginning and finally has arrived for us to marvel at and enjoy.  Now you can buy a diesel on the Colorado across the lineup in three variations; the Crew Cab, the LT and the Z71.  The price range for the Colorado will start at $31,715 and reach up to $38,720 at the top end.  For the GMC Canyon the starting price shows up at $33,190 and moves up comparatively to give you a couple amazing choices for your mid-sized  diesel powered workhorse.

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