Chevrolet Spells It Out: 2019 Colorado Gets New Grille Option

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When we had our first chance to drive the all-new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and see the full lineup of trim levels, the first thing that caught our eye were the grilles of the more commercial-oriented trims. The Work Truck, Custom and Custom Trail Boss trims sported Chevrolet in all capital letters across the grille, ditching the classic bow-tie badge.

Sure, this might look like Chevy is taking a page from the Toyota or Ford playbooks, both of which use capital block lettering on the grille on select performance models: Toyota's TRD Pro series and Ford's F-150 Raptor. But we have to say, this design cue looks really good on the Silverado, too.

So maybe it shouldn't surprise us that the 2019 mid-size Colorado will get the same treatment, but as an accessory option. Buyers who fork over $475 can have Chevrolet spelled out across the grille instead of the bow tie, making their truck look a little different.

To date, only the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison will offer this grille as standard, but if a sizable number of people order the new grille for their mid-size Colorado, you can bet you'll see it standard on that wave of special editions that are likely headed our way in the coming year. photos by Mark Williams (2); Evan Sears; manufacturer


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Strangely, from what I've seen so far, the RAM tends to come with the most complete packages. My Z71 lacks a lot of features that came in my wife's Renegade... like automatic wipers, adjustable light sensitivity for the automatic headlamps and numerous other things that are just plain convenient. I'm having to get used to a bit of a downgrade, considering the Z71 is three years newer than the Renegade.

@Vulpine--Keep us updated on your Colorado. Those that I know who have Colorados really like them. I like the looks of the Ram and the features but I just don't trust FCAs quality.

@Jeff s (whichever one you are):

I'm getting used to the truck but it still feels too large. There are other factors too which almost make me wish I hadn't chosen the side steps to climb in, though it's a bit of a stretch for me to get in without them.

When it comes to features, like I said, there's automation that I have become used to in the lower-priced Jeep that are lacking in the Colorado, for all that I had come to expect them. However, I am exceedingly pleased with the infotainment stack after taking about 20 minutes to familiarize myself with it and make certain settings. Add to this the Apple Car Play and I certainly don't need the NAV system they tried to foist on me.

My one displeasure is the fact that the plinth for the jump seats in back takes up so much floor. If I fold the seats up, that usually means I want to put something on the floor and fully half of the available floor space is occupied. I'm tempted to remove the seats (or have them removed) but do have a slight, occasional, need to carry two other (small) people. I want to study the layout a little more and see just how easy it would be to remove the seats and plinth and re-install them at need.

That said, accessibility to that area is easy--much easier than going Crew Cab. The space is exactly what I was looking for, albeit more cluttered than I like for the moment. Maybe I could come up with a more functional system similar to Honda's or Toyota's.

The 3.6L V6 is strong. For all that I've had so many different vehicles in my life, this engine puts out more horsepower and torque than any previous one for me. Most of my cars and trucks have been at or below 200 horses (Ok, 205 in my Camaro) and with eight speeds this beastie wants to leap off the line, as it were. A long time ago, I made the statement that I wanted a vehicle that could at least get out of its own way; this truck does it despite weighing almost 1000# more than that Camaro with an engine 0.2L smaller than the Camaro's. I actually find it hard to avoid jack-rabbit starts after any stop.

So far, I've only had it on the freeway two times, only once for a distance of about 10 miles. Clearly, it gets up to speed quickly and rides smoothly. That 10-mile stretch also showed me my best average fuel economy as over a total 50-mile period before resetting the calculator it showed a combined fuel economy notably over 20mpg while my in-town driving is running around 18.5-19.5mpg. No, I haven't yet tried to actually measure highway and town economy separately as I'm still getting used to how the truck drives. I do know that at a steady speed, even at 45-50mph, the instantaneous display often goes over the 30mpg mark, though any acceleration at all brings it back down to near 20.

I currently have 204 miles on her.

I'm almost jealous hearing your description. Your mileage will improve significantly once the break-in is complete, especially if yours has a auto-locking differential back there.

Those Eaton lockers like the one in my Silverado need a new fill of grease after 1000 miles because the new teeth shear a ton of metal that ends up in the bottom of the diff.

I'm sure the engine and the auto trans also have their own break-in routines. All of it will loosen up a bit during the next 2500 miles or so. You might be very pleasantly surprised by the improvement in FE.

Something else to consider. Highway FE will really look better if the truck is really warmed up. I mean a couple of hours of operation.

I really don't think much of the mileage calculations that are displayed electronically. I'm a guy that hand calculates. The 3.6 will give you great FE if it's driven at under 2000 rpm and if you use the cruise.

@papajim: I intend to stick to the maintenance schedule as long as it's under warranty (I paid to put bumper-to-bumper out to 6 years, in line with the drivetrain warranty.) Said schedule suggests those differential and transfer case oil checks every 7500 miles but doesn't recommend changing the oil (transmission fluid, actually) until 50,000 miles under extreme use conditions.

As for the mileage, I do agree that manual checks are more accurate than the running calculated checks by the computer but they're usually not all that far off and typically on the low side, at least so far for me. I've also made one specific change--the engine air filter--to a high-flow version that has netted me a few more horses (2%-3% improvement) and a range improvement of 10% or more with previous vehicles. So I'm going to go about 5000-10000 miles to get a baseline figure and then see what a filter upgrade does for me.

Small correction to the above statement: "I've also made one specific change--the engine air filter--to a high-flow version..."

No, I haven't made that change on this truck yet, I meant to add, "... in previous vehicles..."

That's what I get for not having editing capabilities in the PUTC forums.... I'd already put that in on the original statement and don't have an obvious way to delete the correction. Ah well. That's what I get for commenting on so many different forums. Some are easy to edit, others are impossible to edit.

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