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2015 Chevrolet Colorado to get K&N performance cold air intake

The all-new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado is set to get a performance boost from K&N.

The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado is set to get a breath of fresh air... literally. K&N performance cold air intake is already in the works. Here's a few K&N filters, including one for a '11 Colorado V8.
The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado is set to get a breath of fresh air... literally. K&N performance cold air intake is already in the works. Here's a few K&N filters, including one for a '11 Colorado V8.Aaron Ahlstrom

K&N Engineering, Inc. has already developed a performance cold air intake for the new midsize, according to a source at the Car Craft Summer Nationals, where the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado made its Minnesota debut.

While looking over the all-new truck, which was a pre-production model, we struck up a conversation with an engineering representative who granted us full access to the engine bay. Initial questions arose about the new Colorado, as well as the GMC Canyon, and their switch to electric power steering. One query led to another, and we were soon flashed a picture on a cell phone of a newly-approved K&N performance cold air intake.

K&N’s cold air intake kit combines a “high density polyethylene tube and an oversized high-flow reusable air filter” claiming “guaranteed power gains, outstanding engine protection, and easy installation,” according to the website.

What made us do a double-take, however, is the fact that the insulated air box that contains the washable filter was clear, not black, as if to add another layer of style to the performance unit. It wouldn't be a stretch to think the see-through air box could have been a prototype and/or used for display or presentation purposes, perhaps for future media relations.

Thank you to Chevrolet representatives for sharing this new product information, if only in conversation. We asked for a copy of the picture for our reports, but our requests were politely declined.

Still, it grabbed our attention and had us thinking about all the new aftermarket speed parts and accessories that should be made public very soon. We can’t wait to see some fully-tricked-out 2015 Chevrolet Colorado models roaming the streets.

We’re quite familiar with K&N products, having installed and used them in many projects over the years. Anything from Chevy S-10s, an '04 Silverado, a ’69 Chevelle, ’69 Camaro, and a ’81 Pontiac Trans Am. We even stabbed one in a brand new Toyota Highlander and ’11 Colorado 3LT with a 5.3 liter V8.

They have proven durable and worth the investment. Most importantly, they’re easy to swap in. Stock replacement, washable K&N air filters usually cost about the price of a tank of gas (truck-wise or about $60). The performance air intake system kit usually retails for around several hundred dollars.

It should be noted that the picture we were shown did not designate the engine application, though we had been discussing the V6 engine in the display Crew-Cab with our source. A “Search by Vehicle” tab on the K&N official website lists the 2015 Colorado, for both the 2.5 liter 4-cylinder and 3.6 liter V6. However, no products are currently shown in the catalog for that application.

K&N Engineering, Inc. in Riverside, California is the world’s leading manufacturer of washable performance air filters and air intake systems. It sells over 5,000 products. K&N air filters are “designed to bring in cooler air with less restriction for more power.” The air filter itself comes with a Million Mile Limited Warranty.

So what do you think, truck fans? Is this the first mod you’re going to perform on your all-new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado or GMC Canyon?

We can’t wait to see the results.

For more information on K&N, check out their website: http://www.knfilters.com/

For more information on the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado, visit the official website: http://www.chevrolet.com/2015-colorado-small-truck.html