As expected, General Motors has just announced that the company's global Chevrolet Colorado is, in fact, headed our way. The company says that the vehicle's fuel efficiency, design and capability all make it ideal for American buyers, and that the excitement surrounding the truck's launch in Thailand earlier this month helped push the company to decide to bring it to the States. Unfortunately, GM isn't saying where the truck will be built or what kind of drivetrain(s) it will offer when it arrives. We have our fingers crossed for the 2.8-liter turbo diesel Duramax four-cylinder engine with 356 pound-feet of torque.

Of course, we have a hard time believing that GM would be willing to sell a mid-sized truck with that kind of power given that the engine bests the torque figures provided by the base V8 currently available in the Silverado 1500, but that won't stop us from lighting a candle, as we
think the U.S. market is itching for a reliable diesel mid-sized truck.

When it arrives, the Colorado will face diminished small- and mid-size pickup competition now that Ford is finally calling it quits with the Ranger and Ram has already axed the Dakota. Hit the jump for GM's official press release.
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New Chevrolet Colorado Pickup Confirmed for U.S.

DETROIT – A version of the all-new Colorado midsize pickup will be built and sold in the United States, Chevrolet confirmed today. The first version of the truck is launching this month in Thailand, to be followed by other regions around the globe.

"The new Chevrolet Colorado is generating a lot of excitement as we begin its launch in Thailand," said Chris Perry, vice president, global marketing and strategy for Chevrolet. "We think the design, capability and fuel efficiency of the new Colorado will make it attractive to U.S. customers."

Product details, timing, pricing and the production location will be announced later. The current-generation Colorado will be produced in Shreveport, La., through the 2012 model year.

The all-new global Colorado builds on Chevrolet's strong truck DNA and award-winning heritage, and the show truck versions generated significant attention at global auto shows in Thailand, Argentina, Australia and Germany. Thailand is the world's largest market for midsize pickup trucks.

In Thailand, the model lineup will include 2WD and 4WD regular, extended-cab and crew cab variants. Gasoline and diesel engines will be available, including new 2.5L and 2.8L turbo diesel engines that produce broad torque bands engineered for excellent cargo and towing capability.

Engine availability for U.S. versions will be announced at a future date.

The new Colorado is based on an all-new midsize truck architecture developed by GM do Brasil within GM's global product development organization. In major markets where the Colorado will be sold, engineers will tailor the truck to meet local needs.

"For example, Chevrolet Colorado Chief Engineer Roberto Rempel and his team lived in Thailand during the Colorado's development," said Brad Merkel, global vehicle line executive. "They immersed themselves in the highly competitive truck market and observed how the Thai people use their vehicles and the driving conditions they experience.

"A similar development process will precede the launch of the truck in the U.S. market," said Merkel. "We think American customers will be pleased with the results."


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      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Another great move my GM. Its these small, but steady steps that might, just might, get GM back in a position of dominance that it once had. That is, unless the bean counters and incompetent executives ruin all the advances made over the last couple of years.
      Mark Fergel
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'll say it again - why can't we have a MINI-truck anymore?
        EXP Jawa
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mark Fergel
        I keep waiting for BMW to spin the Mini in that direction and create a truly miniature pickup. Use the longer wheelbase Clubman as a basis for a resurrected Mini pickup. Just make sure that it comes in Cooper S trim this time...
      Speed3cam
      • 3 Years Ago
      The truck companies' argument against small trucks the whole time has been that "nobody wants a small truck if they can get a big truck for same price". Well, put that theory to test - if they're correct, bringing a small truck DIESEL to market will only lure away other small-truck owners and small-truck diesel fanatics like myself. If their theory is correct, nobody is going to down-size from a base Silverado by paying more for a Colorado Diesel. And the size jump to a diesel Silverado or diesel F350 is just too great to be of concern. So, no cannabilism at risk here. I, on the other hand, may FINALLY have an excuse to dump my 2001 S-10 (truck) AND Mazda3 (commuter car) all at once. Diesel, stick-shift, 4-doors, 30mpg - SOLD.
      Danny
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good News!
      Chi
      • 3 Years Ago
      Lovely pickup. Please offer the turbo diesel and 6 speed manual...pretty please and I will be the first in line to buy one.
        oOOOo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Chi
        And please offer the turboD/6spd in the crew cab variant. Even when GM comes close, they dumb down the power train options on the 4 door; I believe they only offered a slush-box on the last Colo 4-door. (Note that Toyota DOES offer a 6-spd on the Tacoma, and I'll buy that when my 2000 Dak Crew small8 5-spd bites it.) Turbo-D would be sweet.
      MARCOC
      • 3 Years Ago
      GM bring this truck with a diesel and think about it competitors such asToyota dont have the balls to bring there diesel so GM would be the leader in this segment. I have a fullsize truck and if this new midsize delivered more than 20 mpg city i will get rid of my pig. If it comes with the standard gas v6 i will hold on to my v8. Bring the diesel PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      Jerry Teets
      • 3 Years Ago
      Even if they won't believe any American would buy a diesel car (we would if we ever got a chance), a diesel mid-sized pickup would be killer. Enough power to pull a fishing boat or a couple of jet-skis without having to live with 12mpg. Maybe they could sneak it into the GMC Terrain after that?
      wolverine000036
      • 3 Years Ago
      Kind of hoping they will consider doing a two door Blazer based on this truck. there arent many if any two door SUV's still on the market.. Production on this Truck will begin in the second quarter of 2013 at GM's Wentzville MO. assembly plant.
      donnieorama
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm not a big GM fan, but GOOD for them for remembering that a LOT of folks still want a mid-size pickup.
      Camaroman101
      • 3 Years Ago
      now lets just see if everyone who says they'd buy one actually does. doubtful, but still glad they are bringing it
      Ridgie30
      • 3 Years Ago
      If I could REALLY get the diesel, I would serious consider replacing my 2010 Ridgeline with this truck. Love the Ridgie but the thought of diesel economy, torque and more towing power would be a big draw in this size of truck.
      Kumar
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good news, esp if the diesel comes too. I'm liking the 4 door version right about now. Hopefully Ford will find out the hard way that the new Ranger should be over here too.
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