Whenever a new contract between the United Auto Workers and a major automaker is being hashed out, interesting tidbits regarding future products seem to leak out. Such is the case with the barely finalized deal between General Motors and the UAW. A report from stltoday.com indicates that General Motors is negotiating with local union leaders from the Wentzville, Missouri plant to add 1,850 new workers and a second shift to build a midsize pickup truck.

Currently, the Wentzville plant builds the fullsize Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans. Adding an entire second product line and another shift to the plant makes us wonder if GM is rethinking whether or not to offer the next-generation Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups in the States.

GM has shown off various iterations of the next Colorado in both concept (Chevrolet Colorado Rally Concept and Show Truck) and production (2012 Holden Colorado) guises. We've also seen spy shots of mules being tested. As of this point, though, we've yet to hear official word from GM regarding the midsize truck's availability in the U.S. That said, the mouths of smaller-than-fullsize-pickup fans can officially start watering... now. Oh, and one more thing – would it be too much to ask for a small-displacement diesel?


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      Stevie Diffy
      • 3 Years Ago
      I am all for this design. The box on wheels Colorado looked awful! This truck looks good. Throw in a diesel and I may be saving the money for it. I have said this a lot, but I have a 90's S-10 that has the rounded look to it and this truck has been awesome! I have right at 260,000 miles on it and the engine does not use a drop of oil and the transmission is still soldiering right along. The only issues have been a/c, power steering hose, alternator, and bushings wearing out on the upper control arm (in which everyone had a problem finding when the handling got sloppy and no one had a clue until I pointed out a missing bushing with the control arm sitting on metal...). So over all its been a very solid truck. 4.3 v6 engine that consistently gets 22 mpg and a 4 speed automatic transmission. 2 wheel drive ls. Hey, why dont they put 6 SPEED IN ONE AND GET THE FUEL MILEAGE UP?
      imoore
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Adding an entire second product line and another shift to the plant makes us wonder if GM is rethinking whether or not to offer the next-generation Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups in the States." Well stop wondering, it's happening. My brother works for GM and he told me months ago. But at that time he heard the site would be either Fairfax or Spring Hill.
      air8271
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh, and one more thing – would it be too much to ask for a small-displacement diesel? ---------------------- You mean like the one GM just announced for the 2013 Cruze? Seems likely. Think of how happy the VW Rabbit pickup truck cadre will be! Ma, get the checkbook.
      MANARC100
      • 3 Years Ago
      I’m very interested to see how many they would sell if they made it. Unless they have had some break through with production costs, GM has said that is not noticeably cheaper to produce a midsized truck than a full sized truck. Will people line up to pay the same money for a smaller, less capable, more fuel efficient truck? That is the question. Will people shell out north of 35k for this truck with 4x4 and small diesel? Historically rebates have been much much less on the smaller trucks compared to full sized so take that in to account when thinking MSRP to MSRP. In ext cab gas engine 2wd form there is no way this could be cheaper to build than a Malibu. So that would put starting price in low to mid 20's. I think Ford is testing the water to see if people will pay high dollar for smaller engines in more efficient packages. I do hope that this truck is built and people will line up for it. While I’m on my speculation rant....I wouldn’t be surprised to see the new Tahoe built off this platform to go head to head with Grand Cherokee, 4Runner, Explorer etc... The RWD/4WD SUV of that size is the glaring hole in GM's line up. Suburban would continue on the full size truck platform creating a bigger distinction between the two.
      ramairjer
      • 3 Years Ago
      That rally concept would look great and probably steal away many taco trd buyers . . .
      Paul P.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't really like the CUV-ish nose on it, but it would be nice to see some good smaller trucks sold here. Not everyone needs, nor wants, a fullsize.
      Tony C
      • 3 Years Ago
      i'm sure there will be demand for such vehicle. If the capability is similar (albeit a few thousand less towing vs full size), and mpg abt 5 or more better thens it gonna be a hit. Not all wants to drive a full zise vehicle. I am 5'6" and i wouldnt want to to drive a full zise truck but i would definitely want a midsize. Build it. Ford are you reading this? If you build it they will come.
      Chase
      • 3 Years Ago
      I see they are trying to squeeze Toyota out of its grasp on the Libyan Rebel market. Would look good with a 50 cal on top.
      mrbrian2334
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm very curious to know what the GMC will look like.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mrbrian2334
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        Tim
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mrbrian2334
        It'll probably have a GMC badge on it.
          Mike Pulsifer
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Tim
          and that's about it. Seriously.
          Hazdaz
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Tim
          A GMC badge with those nasty rectangular fenders. You know. Professional Grade means nasty rectangular fenders.
        Justin Campanale
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mrbrian2334
        I can't believe that they kept GMC and kept Pontiac off. Pontiac could have been a nice sporty RWD brand that attracted younger customers, while GMC is just some rebadged Chevy trucks. Every GMC customer can be turned into a Chevy customer.
          axiomatik
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Justin Campanale
          GMC is easy profit. Pontiac just cannabalized Chevy sales.
      LUSTSTANG S-197
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why does it have to be so round? I hope this is not the direction GM is going with their trucks.
        Diggz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @LUSTSTANG S-197
        soooooooooooooooo you want it to be a "BOX ON WHEELS"
          LUSTSTANG S-197
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Diggz
          Not necessarily a "box on wheels", just not some CUV with a pickup bed on the back. I just wish they would stop feminizing trucks, and go back to the days when cars were cars and trucks were trucks, instead of making them all the same.
          Justin
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Diggz
          I don't want a truck to look like a Malibu or Equinox. I'd rather have a "box on wheels" than a "bubble on wheels" if you're going to use that wording.
        That Mike
        • 3 Years Ago
        @LUSTSTANG S-197
        I was thinking the same, I like my trucks beastly not looking like dolphins/manta rays/nurse sharks.
      autablog
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nobody buys midsize trucks in the USA so GM shouldn't waste taxpayer money on this bad investment.
        paulinator66
        • 3 Years Ago
        @autablog
        In the past no one bought the mid-sized trucks because they cost only a little less that a full sized truck and got nearly the same gas mileage so why wouldn't you opt for the larger vehicle?. Ford AND Chevy were guilty of this. If they can correct both of those issues then a market will open up.
        c2100
        • 3 Years Ago
        @autablog
        Looks very similar to a pickup I came across down south a little while ago http://www.flickr.com/photos/d70w7/5350088798/
      Rob
      • 3 Years Ago
      As a "smaller-than-fullsize-pickup" fan, I hate to say it but my mouth ain't gonna be watering over this.
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