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Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon Ditch Their Manual Transmissions for the 2019 Model Year

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The days of manual transmissions in mid-size trucks is nearly at an end
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With each passing year, fewer vehicles are available with a manual transmission. Indeed, only a handful of pickup trucks even offer stick-shift driving as an option.

Unfortunately, that number recently became even lower, as General Motors eliminated the manual transmission option for the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon.

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Originally, the WT model of both vehicles could come equipped with a six-speed manual transmission, rather than an automatic transmission option. Said transmission was paired with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine.

Now, WT models of the Colorado and Canyon will only come offered with a six-speed automatic. Higher trim levels will pair the 3.6-liter V6 engine and 2.8-liter four-cylinder diesel engine with either the six-speed automatic or the available eight-speed automatic.

“We dropped the manual transmission from the Colorado and Canyon for 2019 model year,” a GM spokesperson told automotive website CarBuzz. “Unfortunately, the demand was so low for the manual transmission that it did not justify continuing to offer it.”

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Besides the loss of their manual transmissions, the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado and 2019 GMC Canyon remain unchanged from their 2018 counterparts. The 2018 model year saw technological improvements for both mid-size truck models, with a refresh planned for the Colorado and Canyon scheduled for sometime in the near future.

While the loss of a manual transmission option for the Colorado and Canyon is rather sad, it is not unexpected. With only a handful of mid-size truck options offering manual transmission, the days of driving stick in a truck may soon be coming to an end.

News Source: CarBuzz