Chevrolet Colorado Show Truck Previews Next-Gen Midsize Pickup

March 21, 2011

A couple of weeks ago, we brought you a teaser image for the next-gen Chevrolet Colorado Show Truck ahead of its unveiling at the Bangkok Auto Show. Today, Chevy has pulled the sheet off the truck, revealing a modern, forward-looking concept for what will be the brand's next global midsize pickup.

Judging by your comments on that preview image, the truck will stir some controversy with its styling, as many of the best--and worst--designs do. Chevy's global vehicle line executive Brad Merkel says of the design, "Although this is a show vehicle, the basic proportions convey the vision for the next-generation Colorado that we will bring to market."

The concept Colorado features a 2.8-liter turbodiesel engine, 20-inch wheels and all-wheel drive. Don't expect the diesel here in the U.S.--a range of gasoline engines is far more likely.

Inside, the show truck gets motorcycle-inspired three-dimensional gauges light-colored leather, contrasting trim and dark wood accents, plus a host of low-gloss, soft-touch materials for a "premium feel." Whether this is pure show-truck frippery or a preview of a high-end model is unclear.

Full details on the production version--for Thailand at least--will be available later this year ahead of the first sales of the truck in Thailand.

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