After taking the 2013 model year off, it looks like Chevrolet is putting the final touches on the next-generation Colorado, which is already on sale in South America, Asia and Australia. While we don't know when truck buyers in the US will be able to get their hands on the next-generation Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon, we do know that the trucks will be built at GM's Wentzville, MO plant. This plant currently building the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana, but GM is giving it an expansion, retooling and equipment upgrades totaling $380 million.

Based on these spy shots we can see that there are some pretty substantial styling changes in store for the body-on-frame Colorado, although we're not sure if this is a US-specific look or a global design refresh. While the current second-generation Colorado wears the face more fitting for a Malibu, the truck shown here has a blockier look with a more prominent grille that seems to be more in line with the redesigned 2014 Silverado. There is also a massive lower air dam to improve aerodynamics. More than anything, we're looking forward to finding out what will be under the hood of the new Colorado that could possibly include GM's 3.6-liter V6, the 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder or even a small diesel; we also aren't counting out the possibility of the new 4.3-liter V6 recently introduced for the GM's 2014 fullsize trucks.


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      thumerzs
      • 1 Year Ago
      For me, it\'s not really about the physical size difference between the trucks, but rather the fuel economy. I traded my 3/4 ton Silverado for a 1500 with the 5.3 - and am only seeing about a 3 MPG improvement. In this age of four dollar gas, the company that can put a small truck (min - 1500lb payload, 5000lb trailer) on the road that attains 30 mpg and is not a $40K+ luxo-grocery barge, will own this market. There IS a market, but none of the manufacturers seem willing to actually commit to it.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @thumerzs
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          Poe
          • 1 Year Ago
          I disagree. My 2009 Tacoma 2WD Regular Cab has an archaic 2.7L 159 HP/180 lb-ft TQ 4-cylinder and is rated at 26 MPG hwy... though I've seen as high as 28 MPG out of it a few times when I've kept the speed down to around 60 on rural highways. I know beyond a doubt that they could easily break 30 MPG with this truck if they dropped a modern direct-injected engine of the same displacement into it - or a smaller-displacement D.I. turbo engine. My Tacoma has a 1350 lb payload and a 3500-lb towing capacity - which is not a lot compared to the current full-size monsters, but it's perfect for my needs. It hauls my motorcycles, garbage, and everything else the average homeowner needs to haul and tows my 17' bowrider boat just fine. I don't NEED a huge truck (and I'd wager the vast majority of people who own them really don't either). I don't WANT a huge truck. I will not BUY a huge truck. PERIOD. This new Colorado looks too big to me. Why do they insist on shoving BIG trucks down our throats when so many people just want something small and inexpensive - like the original mini-trucks of the 80's... the Toyotas, Datsuns, Mitsubishi Mighty Maxes, Mazda B2000's and Chevy Luv's etc. If any automaker had the nerve to offer something like that today - but updated with modern interiors, drivetrains and safety equipment - at a reasonable price, they'd sell more of them than they could build - and I'd be at the front of the line.
        The Other Bob
        • 1 Year Ago
        @thumerzs
        When comparing this to a full-sized, most people would like to retain the VOLUME of the bed payload, but it would be OK to reduce the amount of WEIGHT it can carry. I have a full-sized truck and like the amount of stuff I can haul, but it never gets close to the 1,700 lbs or so my truck is capable of carrying. In the Colorado if they make it big, but make the frame lighter duty, it would be awesome and increase the mileage. It would be like Ford coming back with an F-100.
        Denster
        • 1 Year Ago
        @thumerzs
        Let's not forget about the new 3.0L Diesel Ram 1500 coming out this summer that is expected to have highway mileage of 30+ MPG.
      Julius
      • 1 Year Ago
      Odd to hear people judging the size of this thing without a reference. By crude eyeballing - and estimating that it's on 16" wheels - the truck looks about 54-56" tall and 176" long in "double-cab" format. The 2013 Silverado, by comparison, is 73" tall by 206" long, in 2-door standard-cab format. Even with 18" wheels, the numbers only go up to ~64" tall by 198" long. But like I said, that's by crude eyeballing.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Perhaps this will motivate Ford to launch the Global Ranger in America.
      mylexicon
      • 1 Year Ago
      CAFE 2025 regulations require small trucks to make 37mpg. RIP small trucks. The new breed of "small trucks" will probably be a minimum of 75sq ft (approx same size as current fullsize trucks), which only requires them to make 23mpg combined. New small trucks will probably be underpowered and come equipped with aero tricks and fuel-saving technology. These trucks will be used to bailout the inefficiency of the fullsize nameplates. The silver lining: if the manufacturers need to sell these new "small" trucks in relatively large numbers for CAFE compliance, they could be good value for money.
      bjzq8
      • 1 Year Ago
      Put a turbo 3.6 in it, and my cash goes down tomorrow.
      Justin
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wish there were more small trucks on the market. It's dwindling and for many people, they don't need anything massive.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Focused Driver
      • 1 Year Ago
      I see the too-tall bed has found its way to small(er) pickups now. Drat.
        GasMan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Focused Driver
        Marketing Dept: - I know, let's make our small truck bigger. Everybody likes big trucks, right?
        Thipps
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Focused Driver
        it for when you load the truck it will sit level
          Focused Driver
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Thipps
          And when it's empty, it'll be harder to reach into, and it will also create rear visibilty problems.
      Jason Krumvieda
      • 1 Year Ago
      Didnt Ford kill the ranger in part because it was eating away at f-150 sales? Why can't GM go with a good practice instead of a good idea? That is of course if Chevy already knows they have no chance of catching Ford.
        Michael Powers
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jason Krumvieda
        The only reason Ford outsells Chevy in trucks is price, but with the lower price on the trucks comes lower quality, I have a friend that has an Ag chemical supply business, in the past he purchased nothing but Fords because he said nobody could beat the low price in fleet sales, but after about 6 years of trucks being at the dealer for warranty work or HUGE repair bills, he realized that he was only getting what he paid for. Two years ago he purchased new trucks, he couldn't decide on Dodge(Ram) or Chevy so he split the difference and bought 12 each of both brands, his employees were used to the Fords, but now never want him to switch back to Ford, he says they love the new Rams and Chevys over the Fords, except for one guy that's a diehard Ford guy. The one big thing my friend has stated is that he hasn't had to bring in either brand in for warranty work as much as he did with the Fords, and he notices this factor because when a truck goes in for warranty or just goes down it cost him MONEY. I asked him which truck he preferred, Ram or Chevy? He stated he likes both and will do the same thing next year when he buys new trucks again.
        Jay-Zeus
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jason Krumvieda
        More of the ranger's global midsize replacement might eat F-150 sales. The outgoing compact ranger had it's own market as a small, cheap truck that was suited to many people's needs without the size or price of a full size truck. However, it was not updated and lagged behind in fuel economy and safety. Crash standards might have played into the downfall of the compact truck, too. I'd love to see an updated compact Ranger running with a small Ecoboost engine.
      NightFlight
      • 1 Year Ago
      I personally hope it looks NOTHING like its big brother....
      Brian
      • 1 Year Ago
      Bring back the S10!!! While your at it throw in that new 4.3L engine. I don't really care for mid-size trucks that much.
        Mike Cornell
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Brian
        How about the Chevy 'Luv' with a nice small fuel-efficient turbo diesel?
      Denster
      • 1 Year Ago
      This truck is way too big and clearly steps on the toes of the Silverado. This is why the Dakota failed for Dodge and should be a lesson to follow. There needs to be a clear size and price differentiation. What is wrong with a small S10 or Ranger sized truck? Those trucks were on the market for 20-30 years with respectable sales and now Manufacturers think there is no viable market for them, when their ultimate failure was lack of timely product updates or innovation. They were killed by lack of investment, not lack of demand. Now the very dated Toyota Tacoma owns the market with nearly 150,000 units sold in 2012, and it's last full redesign was for 2005.
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