You don't typically see cars with new engines until it's time for a new generation or a serious mid-lifecycle refresh. General Motors is bucking that trend this week with its two midsize pickup trucks, the 2017and 2017 .
Despite being out for just two model years, both midsize pickups are on the receiving end of a big powertrain update. The pair's 3.6-liter V-6 engine is gone, and in its place is...a 3.6-liter V-6 engine. But, rest assured, it's a new one, offering improved variable valve timing and direct injection, and it will now shut off two cylinders under light load to improve fuel economy.
All those changes add a bit to output, as well. Power is up to 308 horsepower (formerly 305), and torque is up to 275 pound-feet (formerly 269). That's not enough to change its tow rating, and fuel economy is believed to be the same. But, in conjunction with a new eight-speed transmission, Chevrolet says the additional performance will be quite apparent, whether the bed is laden or unladen.
There's no word yet on what this will do to pricing. Currently, a bare-bones, crew cab Colorado V6 retails for about $27,000, and the GMC equivalent will set you back just a few hundred bucks more than that. The 2017 models hit dealerships this fall, so we'll know for sure in just a couple months' time.