Despite its decreasing appeal, diesel powertrains are still quite a important factor to many folks, especially pickup truck owners. Those who have experienced GM’s Duramax mill on the Chevy Colorado can vouch for the advantages of a potent oil burner.
This clearly an edge for the Colorado over its competitors in the mid-size pickup segment. At this point, the Colorado’s strength is no match for even the top-selling Toyota Tacoma.
Seeing that the Colorado ZR2 is revving up to take on the Tacoma TRD Pro, reports have surfaced of Toyota firing back by taking its truck into diesel, as well.
However, can the Toyota compete with the 2.8-liter Duramax block worth 369 lb-ft of low-end torque. The Toyota Hilux, the international counterpart of the Tacoma, has a 2.8-liter turbo-diesel mill worth only 253 lb-ft torque.
Ford is not sitting this one out as the Ford Ranger is preparing to make its highly anticipated return to the US next year. That’s not all, there has also been news that the Blue Oval pickup is aiming to enter the dwindling US diesel market.
Its current Euro-spec model is fitted with a 3.2-liter turbo-diesel engine that’s worth up to 346 lb-ft torque. This is enough to give the Duramax a good run for its money.
Having said that, there is still no confirmation of the diesel versions of the Toyota Tacoma and Ford Ranger making its way to US dealerships. So, it’s best to take all that you read with a grain of salt, at least for now.