General Motors has been fairly tight-lipped about whether or not we'll see the next-generation Chevrolet Colorado here in the Land Of The Free. Right now, most signs point to "no." That's a real shame, too, given that the new mid-sized pickup packs what appears to be an efficient and powerful 2.8-liter turbodiesel engine and some snappy styling. That's the kind of combination that could make us miss the new global Ford Ranger all the less. Regardless of whether or not the new Colorado makes it to our back yard, the truck promises to bring buyers elsewhere in the world the capability they want in a convenient package.

A keen-eyed member of Asian forum BBZnet has managed to snap a few quick shots of what appears to be a production version of the pickup. The vehicle has lost the integrated rear bumper of the concept as well as its large 20-inch wheels, but remains fairly true to the original design otherwise. Head over to the BBZnet for more photos.

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      Don't be stupid GM. A modern, well designed compact pickup with a diesel would sell very well here. Not everyone needs a Silverado/Ram sized truck. If they're already designing it for the whole world, why not just tweak it and bring it back home...
      • 3 Years Ago
      where is my nissan hardbody style compact truck? why can't we have a 2800-3200lb mini-truck with modern 2.4l power? a 5 speed manual is fine even. the mini truck is much more useful for the average person, more efficient and smaller overall. the 'compact' truck became a mid-sized truck. i don't need a 4k+ lb vehicle just so i can have an open cargo bed
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm utterly astonished that the major automakers have decided to screw North America out of a compact truck. Either they really don't like money, or they really don't like money coming from truck buyers who don't need/want a fullsize pickup. What goes on in their minds? "Well eventually, the used compact pickups will run out, and the Americans who used to buy them will finally be forced to buy a fullsize truck or a car and we'll never have to worry about having to build a compact truck ever again. Thank God for that. Having to build a truck smaller than a Silverado was just too much work."
      • 3 Years Ago
      GM and Ford are asleep at the switch. The new Colordo/Canyon and Ford Ranger would be smash hits. Why turn your back on potentialy thousands of sales that may upgrade to a higher-profit full-size next time around?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Another day, another efficient compact truck that NA will never see...
      • 3 Years Ago
      It really is just incredible that in a time where people care about MPG more than any other, auto manufacturers are only building bigger and bigger trucks. Ford should've redesigned the Ranger and kept it right around the same size.
        • 3 Years Ago
        ^^This! It is irritating. This is why I am holding onto my 2002 Tacoma. There really is nothing to replace it. Hopefully that will change. Until then, my low mileage/great conditioned 4cyl pickup keeps going up in value.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I Want the 2.8 diesel!!!!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Tacoma owner here. Who can say this is ugly and the Tacoma isn't? I see a lot of double talk on this forum. Looks like I'll be buying another one if they don't bring this over and put a 4cyl in it.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Sadly, Tacoma is pretty ugly these days, but how can you even compare them when this thing looks so much like a Hilux already? Seriously, the similarities in the full on side shot are uncanny, compare: They aren't identical, and from other angles it does a better job of setting itself apart, but parking it next to a Toyota Fortuner only makes it so much worse.
      • 3 Years Ago
      A proper manual gearbox and 160hp diesel engine will be enough to persuade me to get one.
      Dark Gnat
      • 3 Years Ago
      Come on GM, the Ranger and Dakota are dying/going on hiatus, so now would be a good time to bring this over. The reason smaller pickup sales are down is because they tend to not get updates/refreshes as often as their larger siblings, which ended up getting nearly the same mileage. Take a chance on it. The currently Colorado/Canyon is a great truck, but this could become a class leader. Do it, GM, do it!
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dark Gnat
        Don't worry, it's coming. But it will probably be around 2013 when it comes available. That's sooner than Ford's new Ranger, which at this point seems to be "never."
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's a lot for fender gap...Now much travel does this Baja truck have? Lol. I don't like the design at all. I can't understand why there are so many people confused on here about the small truck market. And GM small trucks have absolutely NOT been flops in the past, nor were they garbage. Single cab, 4 cylinder, manual trans small Chevy pickups are super reliable and have been highly used by construction businesses because of their low cost, super reliability, good gas mileage, and maneuverability/functionality at job sites. My brothers work for Mathy asphalt/paving here in the Midwest and they've driven several million mile small chevy pickups with a tiny 4 cylinders in them. I agree that these trucks are not super popular among the common public but you have to look at the big picture. A global company like GM cannot afford to be narrow minded. I think a diesel option could potentially be successful because of the added towing capability.
        • 3 Years Ago
        i disagree about the fender gap, its a truck not a sports car. the bigger the fender gap the more likely you are to stuff bigger tires in there
          • 3 Years Ago
          The back does look ridiculously high even for a truck.
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