Make way for the new kind of compact pickup truck
2004 Chevy Colorado has arrived.
Chevrolet designed its new pickup to really push the limits
of the segment in terms of size. The result is a compact
truck that almost rolls into the midsize segment, all the
while providing a comfortable seating environment and all
the workmanlike ability of a Chevy truck.
The new 2004 Chevy Colorado has a tough body-on-frame design
in regular cab, extended cab and crew cab configurations.
There are also two completely new engines used: a Vortec
2800 inline 4-cylinder and a Vortec 3500 inline 5-cylinder.
Base models are offered in standard configurations, or with
one of two suspension packages: an elevated-ground-clearance
Z71 off-road suspension model and a ZQ8 sport-suspension
model. Chevy Colorado LS models are covered separately.
Because crew cab pickups account for a majority of sales
in larger pickup segments, Chevy spent an extra amount of
time dealing with that particular Colorado style. Colorado's
crew cab offers a 60/40-split folding rear seat capable
of accommodating three adults.
The extended cab model comes standard with four doors.
The regular cab features 60/40 bench seats, in cloth or
vinyl, with bucket seats available.
Options for the new 2004 Chevy Colorado include a remote
locking system, heated leather seats, XM Satellite Radio
(continental U.S. only) and a driver information system.
2004 Chevy Colorado crew cabs get a 5-ft cargo bed, while
other models have a 6-ft bed. With the 2WD ZX8 lowered suspension
package, 17-inch wheels replace 15-inch wheels.
The standard engine with base models is the aforementioned
I4. It is a 2.8-liter model, and it can produce 175 horsepower
at 5600 rpm and 185 lb-ft of torque at 2800 rpm.
Optional with base models is the 3.5-liter inline 5-cylinder
engine. It delivers plenty of get-up with 220 horsepower
at 5600 rpm and 225 lb-ft of torque at 2800 rpm. 5-speed
manual and 4-speed automatic can both be had, as can two-wheel
drive and four-wheel drive.
The new engines share the same all-aluminum, dual overhead
camshaft construction. They also have a high 10:1 compression
ratio, electronic throttle control, exhaust cam phasing,
coil-on-plug ignition, direct-mount accessories and easy
Safety and Security
The 2004 Chevy Colorado was given a heavy-duty brake setup
for rough work applications as well as overall safety. It
features tandem power boosters, dual-piston disc front brakes
with audible wear sensors and 295-mm diameter rear drums.
Curtain side airbags and traction control for two-wheel
drive models are optional.