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Is the Chevrolet Colorado High Country Storm Worth the Price Bump?

Is the new look all that it's cracked up to be?
IMAGE JASON TULIO
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If I’m being honest, the idea of driving the Chevrolet Colorado High Country Storm didn’t exactly excite my inner motoring journalist. Not because I dislike the pickup, mind you. I’ll get to that in a second. Rather, it’s because I’ve already driven the Colorado in one iteration or another several times.

Just last year, I chose the pickup as my vehicle for our former art director’s wedding. Before that, I got the chance to traverse the great Australian Outback behind the wheel of one, kicking up red sand like I was a lost Tusken Raider on Tatooine. Short of owning one and driving it daily, there wasn’t much I hadn’t done in the Colorado.

Still, duty called, and I found myself with the keys to the High Country Storm. The Covenant Car Company, our country’s official Chevy distributor, launched this variant toward the tail end of 2018, and it currently sits at the top of the price list as the most expensive option. So, what do you get for the P1,638,888 price tag?

For one, you get a package that stands out from the rest of the lineup. Its exterior tweaks reflect its designation as an off-roading pickup. Up front, the hood sports black decals with a High Country Storm emblem. Along the sides, there are more decals, this time in a distinct black tire-tread pattern. The door handles are likewise black to match. Also black are the 18-inch aluminum wheels and the variant-specific sports bar. The new look won’t be to everyone’s taste, but it is eye-catching.

Inside, not much is different compared to the regular 4x4 AT LTZ variant. The High Country Storm’s interior sports a few more black accents (duh), but the cabin remains otherwise similar. Under the hood, there’s the same engine as well, and that’s a great thing. From my experience, it’s the engine that is the Colorado’s most underrated feature. The 2.8-liter Duramax turbodiesel with 200hp and 500Nm is a torquey mill that propels the pickup with surprising quickness. The suspension, also unchanged from the 4x4 LTZ, provides a comfortable ride for the segment.

Now, whether the P67,000 price difference over the standard 4x4 is worth it depends on you. On the one hand, you’re getting a limited-edition variant of a pickup that’s due for a new generation sooner rather than later. Barring that, you can get essentially the same pickup for less with the 4x4 AT LTZ. Personally, I’d opt for the regular pickup, but there’s no denying that a special variant has its appeal.

This story originally appeared on Topgear.com.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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