Chevrolet Debuts New SEMA Concepts

SEMA is known for being an event that intrigues and inspires. It’s certainly not your average car show, as manufacturers from all over pull out all the stops in modifying existing nameplates or introducing entirely new SEMA concepts, which are made to be indulgent and exciting. Chevrolet brought six different concepts to the event, ranging from a Colorado model with a distinctly Southern Cali flair to a couple Camaros tweaked to deliver unparalleled thrills.

Chevy brought quite a few trucks to the show – two Silverados and the aforementioned Colorado. The Silverado 1500 High Desert is a real package that can actually be purchased on upper-range trim levels, though the SEMA version did add a few new goodies, like bronze 22-inch wheels and a new performance exhaust. The Silverado HD Carhartt Concept and the Colorado Z71 Hurley Concept were both described as “lifestyle enablers,” with the Carhartt being modified for a more outdoorsy lifestyle and the Hurley being built as a mobile beach house for surfers.

 

The new SEMA concepts from Chevy also included the Camaro SS Drag Race Development Car, the Camaro Turbo AutoX Concept, and even the reputable name of the COPO Camaro. While the first two were made to appeal to fans of drag racing and autocross, respectively, the COPO Camaro is an old vet who’s seen the stage since 1969.

Colorado powertrain options

New 2017 Colorado Powertrain Options Revealed

Colorado powertrain options
The 2017 Colorado will come packed with new, exciting powertrain options!

For the past year or two, the Chevy Colorado has been a hot topic in the pickup segment after winning a long list of awards and introducing a new class-exclusive diesel engine with unparalleled fuel economy. That means Chevrolet had to find a way to up their game for the 2017 model year. It’s worked out, however, because 2017 Colorado powertrain options include not only a new engine, but a brand-new transmission.

 

The new engine will be a 3.6-liter V6, the same engine found in Cadillac’s ATS, CTS, CT6, and XT5 models. With new tech like active fuel management, revised direct injection, and better variable valve timing, the V6 is expected to vastly improve performance and fuel efficiency. The 2017 Colorado with the new V6 gets a power boost to 308 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque, an improvement over the 2016 model’s 305 ponies and 269 lb-ft of torque.

 

The Colorado powertrain options also include a new transmission, an eight-speed automatic gearbox that’s expected to improve fuel economy even further, as well as boost the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado’s towing capacity thanks to its higher first gear ratio. Information on pricing for the new 2017 model is not yet available, but it’s expected to go on sale sometime this fall. If you have any questions about the new Colorado come visit us at Nehls Chevrolet in Marshall, TX!

What is Magnetic Ride Control?

Magnetic Ride Control
Get a smoother ride with GM’s new Magnetic Ride Control.

It’s been over a decade since General Motors debuted Magnetic Ride Control and it’s quickly become one of the most advanced suspension systems on the road. While the system is incredibly advanced, how it works is fairly easy to explain. Here at Nehls Chevrolet, we have an easy-to-understand explanation of Magnetic Ride Control!

Magnetic Ride Control is the fastest reacting suspension system to hit roadways. By using an Electronic Control Unit and sensors that read road conditions as many as 1,000 times per second, the system can automatically adjust shock absorbers accordingly. The system can read every pothole, crack, twist, bump, and dip a split second before the car rolls over it. Overall, Magnetic Ride Control offers a smoother ride, less vibrations, and improved handling.

How the system works is a tad more complicated.

Each shock absorber is filled with a polymer fluid that includes magnetized iron particles. The shock absorbers are wrapped in electromagnetic coils and, when an electric charge shoots through the liquid, the fluid can change it viscosity instantly. That means the free-flowing fluid can become a solid rubber in next to no time at all.

That means hitting the country road can be smooth driving while hitting the track will bring optimized handling. Originally debuting in the 2002 Cadillac Seville STS, Magnetic Ride Control is available on a variety of GM vehicles, including the new Camaro ZL1.

Greenhouse Gases and Chevrolet Carbon Credits

Chevrolet carbon credits

Chevrolet is officially the first corporation to contribute to an initiative that pays farmers to stick with natural prairie production, as of Monday. The type of crop production the program discourages releases greenhouse gases that warm the planet.

Grasslands are filled with carbon dioxide, which is let out into the Earth’s atmosphere in enormous quantities when farmers till copious amounts of land.

The program allows private companies to buy carbon credits, and in return private landowners are awarded financially for agreeing not to till grasslands. Chevrolet has reportedly bought 39,000 metric tons of carbon credits from ranchers in North Dakota.

According to US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the Chevrolet carbon credits will make a huge difference to the amount of greenhouse gases emitted into the Earth’s atmosphere. “The amount of carbon dioxide removed from our atmosphere by Chevrolet’s purchase of carbon credits equals the amount that would be reduced by taking 5,000 cars off the road.”

Here at Nehls Chevrolet, we applaud Chevrolet’s decision to buy carbon credits from farmers, benefitting both the farmers and the environment.