• Feb 14, 2011
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Ford may have given up on the Ranger here in the United States, but it looks like General Motors has big plans for the mid-size pickup market. According to PickupTrucks.com, The General is currently hard at work on the next-generation of both the Chevrolet Colorado and the GMC Canyon. The current generation Colorado/Canyon is slated to end production by mid-2012, and from what we hear, GM is likely to base the next-gen pickup on the GMI 700 body-on-frame global small truck platform. Those bones are set to get an unveil at this year's Thailand International Motor Show in Bangkok.

PickupTrucks.com reports that GM had originally planned to dead-end Colorado and Canyon production altogether after this generation, but those plans seem to have changed. Even so, it looks like it'll be at least two and a half years before the newest versions of the General Motors mid-size pickup shows up, which means there may be a bit of a gap in production between the time the old line dies and the new one gets up and running.



[Source: PickupTrucks.com]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      A big gap for the new truck may be a big problem, especially if gas prices climb significantly.

      That being said, the current models really didn't succeed at what they should be intended for - smaller, more fuel-efficient models for those people needing an occasional hauler and not a full-size truck. When a 5-cylinder Colorado has the same fuel economy as an 8-cylinder Silverado, then there's something wrong, IMHO.

      Hopefully, the new model will do better - and if the new global platform is FWD, like some sites have suggested, it just might. It may not be a true "truck", but isn't that the point of these smaller pickups?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Those other sites who mentioned FWD were wrong, unless they are referring to the Brazillian market Montana. You will find them only in Brazil, Mexico, and South Africa, and a few select South Ameican Markets.

        The real question will be from where the truck will actually be sourced. One report is naming GM's van plant in Missouri; another is claiming it will be imported from Thailand. I doubt the Thailand claim, mostly because of the 25% tariff, unless they are planning to ship in CKD's to Missouri. I think this is a home-grown deal.

        What will make this really interesting is how many times Ford will deny bringing in the new Global Ranger before they admit they actually will. I'm betting they will take at least a year to say yes, and then show a US-spec concept at next year's Chicago show.

      • 3 Years Ago
      What about a new El Camino based on the Holden Ute?
      • 3 Years Ago
      2 1/2 years? oh goodness....those things are awful pieces of junk....why not just put them away for 2 years and save us all the disappointment and disgust?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Offer it with a turbo diesel, and color me intrigued.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well, all I can say is that if GM has gone from being committed to killing them to looking into developing new-generation models, these things must be selling decently again after all.
      • 3 Years Ago
      First and foremost, the truck has to cost less than a Silverado. That is the problem with the current truck.
        • 3 Years Ago
        That's the problem with all midsized trucks. Especially when there is a price/rebate war and end of the year close out rolls around. Trucktober, truckuary and trarch sales events on full sized trucks usually means at least $6000 in cash on the hood and/or 0% financing and it makes these midsized trucks a tough sell because they don't have the margins to do the same kind of discounts to maintain the gap (if any).
      • 3 Years Ago
      So who will do the design work. GM has relied of Isuzu for small truck design for many many decades, but I don't think GM has any ties to Isuzu any longer.
      • 3 Years Ago
      With some thorough tweaking, they could really make the Colorado a standout. Ditch the I5 for starters, offer a 4, 6, and 8 cyl option, and work on the fit and finish.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Check their site, this compact already offers a full range of engine, cab and driveline options. Including a V8.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Colorado and Canyon both have optional 5.3L v8 engines.
      • 3 Years Ago
      At least they are working on a replacement and if its going to be based on an international model, then chances are it won't grow much bigger in size. Gas prices are going nowhere but UP, so planning ahead with a presumably more fuel efficient truck, is a smart thing.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Please GM, since Ford seem to put the new Ranger for the rest of the world on a double cheeseburger diet, make the next Canyon/Colorado small as the current US Ranger. Long live the compact pickup!

      And, yes i know these are midsized trucks. But it seems automakers think every generation has to get fatter and fatter.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Ah, yes, but will they look as cool as my Ferd F-Teen-Thousand?

        All kidding aside, GM needs to bring these their smaller trucks back to their roots. Look to the old Toyota Pick-ups and early Tacomas. Focus on making them simple, utilitarian, yet small, agile, and capable off-road. In other words, make them purposeful and well rounded and ditch the "bigger is always better" mantra.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The Colorado and Canyon are the same size as the Ranger.
        • 3 Years Ago
        well the rest of the world doesn't get the F-150...so in a way it makes sense.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The gas mileage in these small trucks is no better than the full size trucks, that is the main problem with the small truck.
      People still demand a V8 option in the small truck with towing and haulling capacity of a half ton truck.
      In order to have vast amounts of power payload and towing the vehicle has to be heavy.
      You can`t pull 8000 pounds with a 3000 pound vehicle. The vehicle has to have enough weight to hold its` ground.
      The compact truck was right back in the 1980s`. Back when they could be light simple with a four cylinder engine.
      If you need capacity you need a half ton truck and it can`t be done with a compact truck.
      Yet this is what we tell the manufactures we want in a small truck. They tried to deliver with a small truck that drinks fuel like a full size truck with big six and eight cylinder engines.
      Lets let them build a small truck on a unibody with a 800 pound pay load and a 2500 pound towing capacity. This will get most of us by who don`t use their trucks for working.
      I want to tow a 16-17 foot aluminium boat and be able to haul a couple of sheets of plywood and a couple of two by fours. I don`t need a mamoth v8 in a big truck.
      The compact truck is dead because we want at least a half ton capacity.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not sure why it'll take 2+ years for this to hit market, when the redesign of the Australian version of the same vehicle, the Holden Colorado, is due for release next year.

      http://www.caradvice.com.au/76466/2012-holden-colorado-revealed-in-patent-leak/
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