Confirmed: Next Generation Chevy Colorado Pickup Is U.S. Bound

October 10, 2011
If you’re a fan of midsize pickup trucks, we’ve got good news for you: Chevy has announced that the newly redesigned Colorado pickup will be built and sold in the United States. Unlike Ford, who opted not to bring its global Ranger pickup into the U.S., Chevy still feels that there’s enough of a small truck market here to make the Colorado a viable product.

Details are lacking, but Chevy wants truck buyers to know it’s tailoring the Colorado to the individual markets where it’s sold. Prior to the truck’s launch in Thailand (which is the world’s largest midsize pickup market), the U.S.-based design team relocated there to observe how Thai customers used their trucks. Expect a similar design analysis for the U.S. market before the design is finalized.

In Thailand, the Colorado lineup will include both rear-drive and four-wheel-drive variants, powered by both gas and diesel engine offerings. Colorado pickups are available in regular cab, extended cab and crew cab models, so it’s likely that a lot of these variation will wind up stateside, too.

Look for more details on the upcoming Colorado models in the coming months, and you can expect to see the Colorado concept truck hit the U.S. auto show circuit this fall.

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