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The mid-size pickup truck segment should get a much-needed shot in the arm when the global Chevrolet Colorado reaches our shores in the near future. We're not exactly sure when the Colorado will be built and sold here, but thanks to its 2011 reveal we have a good idea of what it will look like. We also don't know any specs for the North American model, and we haven't received confirmation whether a GMC variant will follow to replace the current Canyon model.

Car and Driver reports that General Motors President Mark Reuss still won't confirm a GMC spinoff, but he does add that if a "Professional Grade" version of the Colorado is built, it will be very different than its Bowtie-wearing counterpart. As the current Canyon is essentially a badge-swap away from being a Chevy, the idea of increased differentiation strikes us as a welcome development. We aren't exactly sure how much different the would-be pickup might be, but we're guessing that Reuss is referring to more unique parts than than the front fascia and minor trim enhancements that differentiate the GMC Sierra from the Silverado.

Reuss also tells C/D that the new Colorado is surprisingly large – about 90-95 percent of the size of the Silverado, and he notes the truck will feature different powertrains. We assumed that the Colorado will feature different powertrains, and we hope that a fuel-efficient six-cylinder and a diesel offering will be available under the hood.


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      Paul
      • 3 Years Ago
      If anyone is curious what a 90% smaller vehicle looks like, take a look at an Explorer Sport Trac next to a current F150 Crew Cab/5.5ft bed. The Sport Trac is almost the exact same overall dimensions as the new T6 Ranger, which Ford also claims is 90% of an F150. It might not sound like a lot, but it's definitely a significant reduction in size and weight. For me personally, it's the difference between being able to fit the truck in my home garage or having to keep it outside.
      hjc73734
      • 3 Years Ago
      Larger is NOT what I wanted. I need a replacement for my 02 Tacoma soon and it looks like I'll have to look at used instead. If I wanted larger, I would have gotten the Silverado. Why make something 90% the size of the full size?
      Car Guy
      • 3 Years Ago
      The auto companies still don't get the compact pickup market. I DON'T want a "compact" 4x4 pickup that costs $30K and gets 16/22MPG when I can get a fullsize 4x4 for the low 30's and still get 15/21MPG. Make a true compact with a lower cost and superior fuel economy. I'm talking ~25K and get's 20/30 or better.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Car Guy
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        jimothy@mac.com
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Car Guy
        That, in part, was what doomed the Dakota. It provided little advantage in terms of price or gas mileage over the Ram.
      threefortyduster
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just another midsize truck that is too large to succeed. If this thing is 90% the size of a silverado, people aren't going to pay 90% the price. Unless this thuing is dirt cheap, it's going to fail, because well, why not just get the full size that has more capability fir nit much more money and probably gets the same mileage.
      Silly Pickle
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not that I'd ever be in the market for this size truck...but welcome news indeed. Hopefully they make a better looking face so I don't have to see these ugly turds driving around anytime soon. Ewww! My eyes!
      Fonin
      • 3 Years Ago
      i don't really care about chevy/GMC trucks but i thought this was going to be a real mid-size nee compact again. why don't they just scale the silverado down then? like nissan with the titan/frontier. or come up with an actual small/mid size truck.
      Mike
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can we please get some updates on the Colorado/Canyon?!?! Diesel?
      mchlrus1
      • 3 Years Ago
      4 door loo like a Titan/ Tacoma
      benzaholic
      • 3 Years Ago
      They make it 90-95% of the Silverado's size, then they cry and moan when it doesn't sell as many as they hoped. Provide an actual *different* choice, and they might be surprised. If it's that big, I wouldn't expect it to use much less raw material than a silverado. At lower volumes than the Silvie, development and tooling amortization will suffer. So this will likely have an out-the-door price within a wheels or infotainment upgrade price of the regular truck. For a company that has survived primarily on their truck lines, they can be pretty stupid some times.
      stclair5211
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is a complete waste of time. It's too big. As 90-95% the size of a silverado it will be priced the same. We wanted a small diesel truck. Not a behemoth the size of a silverado. Idiots. As for gmc and a wrangler. They should have kept the H3. That thing was perfect, had a 5 speed and got ok mpg for a real offroader.
        BradVT
        • 3 Years Ago
        @stclair5211
        This truck is not 90-95% as big as a silverado. Its smaller than the dakota and the tacoma and probably only slightly bigger than the outgoing colorado/canyon. This truck is pretty important to GM in many international markets where Toyota and Nissan dominate so hopefully GM put a lot of effort into it. If you really want an H3 then I'm sure you can find one used on a lot somewhere, probably get a pretty good deal since they went out of business and don't have a manufacturer warranty.
          BradVT
          • 3 Years Ago
          @BradVT
          You're right I didn't use my reading comprehension, I apologize. I was mostly going by a previous article I read: http://www.insideline.com/chevrolet/colorado/2013/2013-chevrolet-colorado-first-drive.html "The 2013 Chevrolet Colorado is still very much a midsizer, as many of its dimensions are marginally bigger than the previous model. The overall length of our extended-cab tester measures 210.5 inches, or about 3 inches longer than a current extended cab. It's also significantly wider at 74.1 inches, although some of that is owed to the flares that come on the Z71 model. The only noticeably smaller measurement is the wheelbase, which measures just 121.9 inches versus the current truck's 126-inch wheelbase." I didn't really realize that this model and the current model is as close as it is to the Silverado in dimensions.
          The_Zachalope
          • 3 Years Ago
          @BradVT
          "Reuss also tells C/D that the new Colorado is surprisingly large – about 90-95 percent of the size of the Silverado, and he notes the truck will feature different powertrains." Read much?
      mapoftazifosho
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yes, more badge engineering is what GM needs...it's as though they learned nothing!
        karknut
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mapoftazifosho
        So which car company doesn't try to share platforms? I would say that creating something " very different" doesn't translate into badge engineering unless you just troll the blogs looking for some way to bash domestic products.
      Mohammed Smith
      • 3 Years Ago
      These trucks should appeal to girley men.
        Justin Campanale
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mohammed Smith
        Yeah, because in order to be a " real man" you need to drive an 80 ton Mack 18 wheeler, right? Idiot.
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