General Motors has announced fuel economy numbers for the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon models, which will lead the pickup segment with 27 miles per gallon for highway driving.
Colorado and Canyon pickups equipped with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and optional six-speed automatic transmission will get 27 mpg on the highway and 20 mpg for city driving, Edmunds.com reported.
Pickups with four-wheel drive that run on a four-cylinder engine will deliver 19 mpg in city driving and 25 mpg on the highway, according to GM.
The models compare with EPA ratings for the 2015 Toyota Tacoma pickup with a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine and five-speed manual transmission, which gets 21 mpg in city driving and 25 mpg on the highway, and the 2015 Nissan Frontier pickup with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and five-speed manual transmission, which returns 19 mpg in city driving and 23 mpg on the highway.
The forthcoming pickups have already shown promise for strong future sales, with dealerships ordering several times as many models as GM had expected.
Dealers have ordered so many 2015 GM pickup trucks that an extra production shift will be needed to accommodate the orders, the automaker announced last week.
The redesigned 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon will be manufactured in a third production shift at the Wentzville Assembly Plant in Missouri to keep up with market demand, Edmunds.com reported.
"The 2015 GMC Canyon uses innovations like available active grille shutters, which close to get the most out of every gallon of fuel and open when more air is needed, like when transporting heavy loads," Kenn Bakowski, Canyon marketing manager, said in a statement. "Having segment-leading V-6 and four-cylinder efficiency, plus the highest payload rating, proves GMC has applied the latest technologies in just the right places, and our customers reap the benefits."
The new Canyon starts at $21,880, which includes $925 in destination fees, while the Chevrolet Colorado is priced at $20,995 with $895 for shipping.