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


Chevy's Colorado concept vehicle. Image: © GM Corp.

Chevy's Colorado concept vehicle. Image: © GM Corp.

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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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  1. WOW! A Honda Ridgeline in a bow-tie. How cutting edge. Let's hope the CO is cheaper, at least.
     
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  2. Lets hope the Chevy can shake the curse of terrible reliability that the present Colorado has.
     
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  3. That's why I didn't buy one because I heard GM was going to put a neutered I6 = I5 in it. Glad I bought a 2K6 Nissan Frontier instead!
     
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  4. neutered I6???? The inline 6cyl was the most durable engine ever made!! If their engineers get it right not only would it be durable but fuel efficient.
     
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  5. Hopefully, this will convince Ford to bring the new Ranger to the US.
     
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  6. @Big Dave, I'm with you on this. Bring the highest output diesel, too.
     
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  7. If GM is going to using that same I5 POS then it's doomed from the start!
     
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  8. Rumored I6 back in the day the I6 was the most dependable engine on the road.
     
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  9. Great news for those who know the legacy of the I6.
     
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  10. @Ray Hathaway.. how do you fig its a Ridgeline.. because it has a bed cover on that give it a slanted look.. Key word bedcover. what ever they do they need to offer 6 speed manual trans on all levels with a Diesel.. I would love to see this truck get around 30mpg with one.. They say oversea's with the smaller diesel stick combo
    it gets over 30
     
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  11. If they offer it with a I6 diesel back by a 6 speed manual and good rear ratio for fuel economy it will easily get 30+ mpg. I assume it will no matter what it is powered by because in 2015 the new epa standard take effect requiring all light trucks to get minimum 28mpg.
     
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