By on March 4, 2015

2015 Chevrolet Colorado box delete package

For those who must have a chassis cab in something smaller than a full-size truck, Chevrolet’s got you covered.

Available in two-wheel drive V6 format, the Colorado chassis cab can be ordered by checking the box for the ZW9 package. At around $300 less than the equivalent truck with a bed, the chassis cab gets you  comes with a set  of temporary taillights mounted to the frame ends, a full-size spare, a Z82 trailer package and a limited-slip differential. Payload is set at 2,000 lbs.

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68 Comments on “Chevrolet Colorado Chassis Cab Debuts...”


  • avatar
    NoGoYo

    I see this being a very popular vehicle in cities and small towns, probably with some kind of utility body.

  • avatar
    Lou_BC

    Needs a 4×4 option. 4×2 will work in urban centres with minimal snow load or good snow removal. It will compete against the Transit Connect and NV200 therefore 4×4 will give it an advantage.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    For when you have a very small landscaping business, and would rather have a new tiny dumper truck or flat bed than a used regular size one?

    Is this part of Flower Shop Town or whatever?

    • 0 avatar
      BrunoT

      I’ve had a landscaping business for over 20 years. 2,000 lb payload.
      1. 1100 lb 52″ zero turn mower
      2. 100 lb trim mower
      3. 100 lbs of misc 2 cycle tools, spares, hand tools, etc
      4. 350 lbs for the crew
      5. That leaves 350 lbs for materials/fertilizer, debris hauling, etc on a maintenance route.

      Fine with me. It makes no sense to drive around an older, less reliable $45,000 HD truck that gets 9 mpg with a load in it, (or 13 if you’re talking a $50,000 diesel) when a more suitable, comfortable, fuel efficient, reliable new truck can be had for under $30,000 in work truck spec.

      This is a truck for maintenance, not installations.

      Unless of course one’s sense of manhood demands it. Then, by all means, beef it up.

      • 0 avatar
        Lou_BC

        BrunoT – cargo capacity also has to include vehicle occupants. It also depends on the weight of the deck or utility box placed on the truck. A 1,000lb utility box leaves 600lb for gear if one factors in 2 average sized passengers.

  • avatar
    RHD

    Time for an update of the mini motor homes built on Toyota chassis in the ’70s!

    • 0 avatar
      davefromcalgary

      Yup, I want a Canyon motorhome!

      • 0 avatar
        NoGoYo

        Unlike a Toyota motorhome, this thing will be able to maintain highway speeds AND get out of its own way!

      • 0 avatar
        Big Al from Oz

        @davefromcalgary,
        Here’s a Colorado with the 2.8 diesel for RV’ing.

        http://www.ultimarv.com.au/bin/images/gallery/Exp_SII_Colorado_water_LR6.jpg

        • 0 avatar
          davefromcalgary

          Hey Al,

          I dont want to get into the typical TTAC AUS vs NA trailering capacity argument with you… but I have some questions. No doubt the oil burning Colorado has enough grunt for that unit, but that trailer has more than enough surface area and mass to wag the dog, so to speak. For that reason alone, I would feel more comfortable towing with a heavier rig, with a larger wheel base and track for stability.

          Unless, do those Colorado have some sort of trailer sway control? Or does the hitch of some sort of sway bars or hardware to dampen it?

          • 0 avatar
            BrunoT

            I agree. It’s not pulling the trailer that is the hard part, it’s controlling and stopping it. Especially in panic situations.

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            @davefromcalgary – IIRC these trucks do come with integrated trailer brakes so that usually comes with anti-sway just like the full sized trucks. The only real negative is that for some odd reason GM does not have a trailer mirror option for these trucks.

            They can be rated up to 7k tow load with the V6 gasser. I do tend to agree that one shouldn’t tow max loads with this truck and I feel the same way with 1/2 ton pickups.

            I do believe that these trucks are rated to SAE J2807 standards which means Chevy wasn’t just pulling tow numbers out of its azz.

            You can get sway dampeners for any hitch set up. If this truck is the same as 1/2 tons you need a load distributing equalizer hitch for any trailer over 5,000 lbs.

            It will be interesting to see the load ratings for the diesel Colorado. If the Ram 1500 VM Motori 3.0 Ecodiesel is an indication the Colorado shouldn’t see a drop in ratings.

          • 0 avatar
            davefromcalgary

            @Lou, I think a low CG and low surface area trailer/cargo would be safe enough closer to the limit on a braked trailer, but a huge sail-like fifth would definitely worry me.

    • 0 avatar
      APaGttH

      Exactly what I thought – mini RV

    • 0 avatar

      Or the Toyota box truck that was a U-Haul staple up until the mid-2000’s.

  • avatar
    mkirk

    hmm…seems like if I am buying a cab and chassis that I’d rather have the extended cab space for the utility box/dumper/box/whatever that I am buying the truck for. Looks like an awfully small place for the box.

    Surely they’ll offer this on the crew cab/long box wheelbase.

  • avatar
    shadow mozes

    That’d make for a nice RV!

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    So… for those who want their stake/dump truck to be a Princeton class light carrier as opposed to the full blown Essex class?

    I know this will never happen, because GM, but there should be a OHV V8 option and not an OHC six. There are real buyers out there who want a V8 GM truck but cannot fit a K2XX Silverado into their driveway/garage/parking lot.

    • 0 avatar
      mkirk

      Where were they while GM was selling the last gen Colorado/Canyon with the 5.3?

      • 0 avatar
        28-Cars-Later

        “For model year 2009, the Colorado was facelifted again and a 5.3 L (323 cu in) LH8 V8 is offered, producing 300 hp (224 kW) and 320 lb·ft (434 N·m). For the 2010 model year, the GM badges were phased out from those trucks,[3] although fewer 2010 models had the GM logo on the doors.”

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chevrolet_Colorado

        In the case of the LH8, IIRC you had to order the LTZ trim and the sedan to get it, which was stupid. I also believe you could not get it in a 4×4, but I could be wrong.

        EDIT: My bad I misread your response. Well I for one didn’t have a reasonably paying job until 2012 and then I was still paying off my Pontiac which I had purchased in 2010. Regarding others, purposely limiting such a good motor to only the top model trims is a good way to keep it scarce. In GM world, they were probably concerned with it eating into Silverados. I personally would look at a Silverado if it wasn’t gigantic in every configuration. I live in an old area, parking is tight, and I just don’t need all of that real estate but I also shouldn’t be punished with what are essentially inferior motors (in a truck) when there is already a great truck motor available.

        • 0 avatar
          mkirk

          Don’t have to sell me…I own a Frontier so I drank the midsize truck kool-aid albeit the cheap bastard flavor.

          And this truck is much nicer than the last gen models although I still think they look odd from the outside but were I buying now I would give them a look.

    • 0 avatar
      Big Al from Oz

      @28-Cars-Later,
      We have what we call tip truck or what you call dump truck backs for these already.

      I wouldn’t expect them to weigh more than a few hundred pounds.

      They are made of aluminium and I think they have an electric driven hyd pump to drive the ram.

      It’s on a BT50. Love those rims. They are CSA Jackals, got a set on my BT50.

      The difference is a BT50 has around a 3 000lb payload, minus the tipper. So it could possibly carry around 1 1/4 tons of what ever in the back.

      It’s a pity you guys can’t get these as a “HD” mid sizer.

      http://duratray.net.au/images/products/Accessories/Tipper-Alloy–Tray.png

  • avatar
    87 Morgan

    I would think due to the size of the truck, a mason dump or stake body with a piston would be kind of tough. I can’t speak for certain but the hydraulic piston and PTO may get a little heavy for the overall weight class of the truck, coupled with the steel bed and whatever payload your are toting around. That is a lot of abuse on a truck, when the appropriate 1 ton version is not much more $$ and will hold up much longer.

    Maybe a small cube van box for the Uhauls of the world, might make sense for a more narrow unit in the urban areas vs the conventional Uhauls cube van.

    • 0 avatar
      mkirk

      Think you nailed it. Most of their smaller trucks ride on fullsize van cab and chassis versions. The Transit is probably a bit pricier so this makes sense there.

      • 0 avatar

        It won’t touch the Transit because the Transit connect LWB has a payload of almost 2k and that’s without adding a body like you’ll have to here. If you need more space, the base model Transit 150 starts at $29k, and again, no need for a body. The only advantage is for someone who needs an open bed, but needs something other than a pick-up body. I’m not sure how big this market is, but it doesn’t really cost GM anything to make it an order-able option. My guess is it’s a very low price commercial unit that gets mom-pop shops in the door. Then they find out that it doesn’t make much sense so move up to a HD. 2k payload before upfit is pretty narrow margins.

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      This truck’s 2k load rating means that it would never have a steel dump box.
      A small aluminum service body or even light van body would be as big as it gets.

  • avatar
    mikeg216

    Perfect for a florist or dry cleaner or handyman light landscaping with a 7-8 foot tray back.. Where’s AL from of to tell us about his Mazda.?

    • 0 avatar
      Big Al from Oz

      @mike216,
      Yes you are correct with your assumption of the Colorado. Very perceptive.

      It’s unfortunate you guys don’t have the same chassis and load/tow we have in our midsizers.

      Our Colorado can carry the same as some of your F-250s and even a couple of F-350s.

      Your mid sizers are only a Class One vehicle. Ours would be Class 2 in the US.

      • 0 avatar
        DenverMike

        @BAFO – OZ can classify midsizers what they want. Different world. Same trucks physically. Carry an F-350 max load in a midsizer here in the US and gawd help ya. You many get arrested when things go horribly wrong!

        • 0 avatar
          RobertRyan

          Ours are classified as ” 1 Tonners ” min payload has to be 2,200lbs. Your Midsizers have a payload less than the 1500/1600lb of a 1/2 ton

          • 0 avatar
            Scoutdude

            Our “1/2 tonners” have max payloads up to the 3000lb range, with the bottom end in the 1800lb range, Ram excluded. The Ram has max payloads in that 1500-1600lb range or as low as the 800lb range or about the same or less than the cars I have. That 800lb payload is on some of the crew cabs which means a full load of passengers can overload it.

            The Ford and GM “1 Tonners” have payloads that can exceed 4000lbs in the proper configuration.

          • 0 avatar
            Big Al from Oz

            @Scoutdude and mikg216,
            I thought the original comment was in relation to mid sizers?

            I mean, mikeg216, you were the one who actually made the inference regarding the use of the Colorado due to its size/payload.

            F#ck, now you are attempting to move your very own comment into a full size? Are you that f#cked up? What a winner.

            Actually we have bigger dings dings than Americans ;)

            Road trains. Largest everyday registered vehicles on the planted.

            Now unzip your pants and see how little your dings dings are! Is that how you want to discuss?

            Go and finish your homework child.

          • 0 avatar
            RobertRyan

            Actually your 1/2 Tonners go from “they must be joking” RAM to 3000lbs for it appears the rare HD F150. Bottom end which the majority have is from 1600-1800lb
            Our equivalent to the misnamed ” 1 Ton ” is the European Cab Chassis variant of their Vans. From 6,000- to 10,800lb for the new IVECO. The Cab Chassis variants are all “Utes” so are 3/4 and 1 ton US Pickups, as they are all capable mainly of being driven on a normal car licence and have an exposed tray

      • 0 avatar
        mikeg216

        We don’t yet but with ford I think we will shortly we have an f-150 that will tow 13,000 and haul 3,000. The 2.7 ecoboost looks to be their new volume model. With demand for trucks so high in the face of Cafe I see ford bringing the Ranger from the newly built Thailand factory here as a ford f-100 and f-50. We signed a free trade agreement a few years ago so they can be imported chicken tax free.

        • 0 avatar
          RobertRyan

          Yes you can probably get the Ranger but in a “lifestyle version” would be very different like the Chevrolet Colorado is to the Global one
          Payload figure would be believable if HD version existed of a 1/2 ton. Towing sounds like a lot of hype

          • 0 avatar
            DenverMike

            @RobertRyan – What makes the Colorado “lifestyle” and the global version a serious work truck? What’s so different about them?

          • 0 avatar
            RobertRyan

            “@Denvermike
            You already know so why ask the question?

          • 0 avatar
            DenverMike

            @RobertRyan – OK, I’ll ask this way: What’s different that would DRAMATICALLY increase payload in OZ?

          • 0 avatar
            RobertRyan

            You already know that as well

          • 0 avatar
            DenverMike

            I do Know OZ pickup ratings are comically overrated. I’m just waiting for you to say otherwise. You obviously agree.

          • 0 avatar
            RobertRyan

            You think F350’s Duallys can be parked in Rome, do I am not the Comedian

          • 0 avatar
            DenverMike

            No doubt, you’re not a comedian, I agree. But unless you show how I’m wrong about OZ ratings being a joke, you’re saying you agree.

          • 0 avatar
            RobertRyan

            Then you agree US Pickup ratings are grossly overrated.?You have agreed in the past. No Aus/Japanese/ European ratings, same ratings are spot on

          • 0 avatar
            DenverMike

            If US pickups are overrated, what does the make OZ pickup ratings, other than hilariously comical? I’ve shown you the same truck with dramatically different ratings in the 2 markets and what have you shown? How to sidestep an honest question with BS?

          • 0 avatar
            RobertRyan

            US ratings have nothing to do with Aus ratings, actually they are Japanese/European ratings. US companies use “magic dust” to improve the ratings. Must be a very powerful product to do that

          • 0 avatar
            DenverMike

            Since they have nothing to do with each other, why do you incessantly compare them side by side? SAE is what US sold pickups are capacity capped by. Aussie sold pickup capacity is capped only by the their OEM’s sense of humour!

  • avatar
    DenverMike

    Just get the complete truck and pull the bed. It’s worth 1,000’s less with a tray or utility bed when you sell it. Or with no bed, it’s not street legal and no different than damaged.

    • 0 avatar
      BrunoT

      Perhaps it has a beefier suspension in this form. It’s ambiguous, but the regular versions do not have a 2,000 lb payload capacity. If the 2,000 is before you add back a flatbed or some other type, then you’d be correct and the vehicle would not be all that much more useful than a pickup.

    • 0 avatar

      I’m sure most of these will be outfitted with boxes or utility bodies before they are sold.

      • 0 avatar
        DenverMike

        Dealers, especially fleet outlets, have been pulling the beds off small and 1/2 ton pickup and selling them new with upfitter utility beds since forever. This is the 1st time small trucks have been available as “cab chassis” bed deletes to the public. If it was a $2,000 credit, it’d be interesting. $300 is a joke. Simple tail gates alone are $800 without cameras and dodads on the open market.

        • 0 avatar
          Lou_BC

          @DenverMike-
          And who is going to line up to buy pickup boxes for a brand new to the market truck?

          That argument might work in a few years time.

          • 0 avatar
            DenverMike

            If you’ve got ‘one of one’ on the market, you get what ever price the dealer wants, if not more, given availability, included hardware and matching paint.

    • 0 avatar
      RobertRyan

      Making it up as we go along,? there is NO SAE standard s as regards capacity. Your towing standards are a joke. Your the one who is comparing all the time

      • 0 avatar
        DenverMike

        J2807 is the SAE specific standard for payload/towing for all US sold pickups, but I know your playing dumb. Aussie standards are NO STANDARDS when it comes to payload/towing, other that referring to what ever the OEM DREAMS UP!

  • avatar
    Stumpaster

    Why, when you have fully enclosed Transit Connect and somesuch. This is an ISIS special – easy for mounting machine guns and prisoner cages. Plus secure RPG storage in the back of the cab. Except that ISIS uses Japanese trucks.

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      Stumpaster – there has been some ISIS publicity because they have been using USA HD pickups. Someone has been buying them legally and shipping them to the Middle East where ISIS is using them. A Plumbers truck with his company name still on the door has caused a lot of controversy.
      http://overpassesforamerica.com/?p=3016

      • 0 avatar
        28-Cars-Later

        That-is-hilarious. Thanks for the link.

        If someone could get the VIN of this truck, you could probably piece together who bought it at auction and shipped it. I’d be curious to know if it was a shell company or simply a incredulous exporter.

        • 0 avatar
          Lou_BC

          28-Cars-Later – I felt sorry for the guy who used to own the truck. He got all sorts of threats and hate mail due to it. People are too stupid to figure out that the guy had nothing to do with it ending up overseas.

      • 0 avatar
        mkirk

        I figured most of them were shipped courtesy of the Army…We outfitted the Iraqi police agencies with a ton of super duty Fords. They probably left the keys in when they dropped their guns and ran off.

        • 0 avatar
          RobertRyan

          Not the US Army,Someone has bought these as a bulk purchase from a used car dealer and shipped them to Turkey, from there to Syria . Lot cheaper than buying a new L70 Toyota

      • 0 avatar
        DenverMike

        How hard is it to peel the lettering off a truck when you trade it? I don’t want my name, logo or even my phone # on the side once whothehellknows is driving it. It can only end badly.

  • avatar
    michal1980

    This sentence is in need of an editor

    “At around $300 less than the equivalent truck with a bed, the chassis cab gets you comes with a set of temporary taillights mounted to the frame ends, a full-size spare, a Z82 trailer package and a limited-slip differential. Payload is set at 2,000 lbs.”

    The specific part I’m talking about is

    “the chassis cab gets you comes with a set”

    huh? I think you need to delete ‘comes with’

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