The market for midsize pickup trucks has all but been abandoned in the US, but General Motors is about to shake the market up with the all-new (to the US) Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. Launching next year, GM already told us that its new trucks would be a "fuel-efficient alternative" to fullsize trucks, and aside from the smaller size, Automotive News says that these trucks will accomplish this with a diesel engine.

According to the AN report, the next-gen Colorado and Canyon will offer a small, four-cylinder Duramax turbo diesel with a displacement of either 2.5 or 2.8 liters – both engines are currently used in this truck for other markets. This would allow GM to join the Cummins-powered Nissan Titan and Ram 1500 EcoDiesel as the only non-HD trucks in the US to offer diesel. The article goes on to say that the diesel versions of the Colorado and Canyon would launch about a year after the trucks go into production in fall of 2014.


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      S.
      • 1 Year Ago
      All the big talkers...it's time to nut up or shut up. Either go put your money down on a small, diesel pickup or waive your right to complain when they're cancelled for lack of interest.
        Jay-Zeus
        • 1 Year Ago
        @S.
        Buy a truck - get a free opinion! Freedom of expression doesn't work that way, Jack.
      Brian
      • 1 Year Ago
      about freaking time!!! Finally a valid reason NOT to buy a Tacoma if you don't want a full sized truck. I love all the new diesel's coming to the USA in 2014, very exciting!!! Now, when will I be able to buy a full sized 3 row SUV (Tahoe, Armada, Expedition, etc) with a fuel efficient diesel? I have a family now, so the pickup trucks just aren't big enough any longer to haul my crew around toting a trailer full of dirt bikes! That's what I'm hoping to see, until then I really like my Nissan Armada.
      ELG
      • 1 Year Ago
      Tacomas and Frontiers REALLY hold their value in the used market. Id hardly call the market "abandoned" by consumers, its been abandoned by the manufacturers.
      icemilkcoffee
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sweet. GM takes the lead initiative for once.
      Brian Regan
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would love it if the higher trim Canyons (Denali, I suppose) had an option for the eAssist system. Either way, a nicely equipped turbo diesel Canyon is definitely on my short list.
      Adamnski
      • 1 Year Ago
      Finally! This is great news people, now we just have to purchase these so that they will continue to make them.
      rhodespm23
      • 1 Year Ago
      If fuel efficiency is such a draw (and it is for me), why can't GM mate the Volt system to a diesel engine, so that a driver could get 40-ish pure-electric miles for around-town commuting with the versatility of a more efficient diesel engine for longer trips?
        mikeybyte1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @rhodespm23
        Cost and weight. A small turbo diesel would add a couple of hundred pounds and probably $1000 to the price. The Volt's goal is not to be both a perfect city car and a great long distance cruiser. I agree that down the road they might have a larger vehicle that would benefit from that setup. But not the Volt. Volvo is actually starting to put together some diesel hybrids.
          John
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mikeybyte1
          It doesn't need to even be a turbo diesel since its essentially a generator. A single or twin cylinder diesel would likely be plenty to run in a generator state in the Volt. Think Diesel electric train on a much much much smaller scale.
      Badfish941
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's about time... Diesels just make way more sense in trucks and SUV's, now we just need Toyota to do the same
      Paul P.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Finally somebody takes an interest in the midsize truck market. The current selection is definitely outdated and boring. Hopefully they'll offer a stick too.
      Jack Gabriel
      • 1 Year Ago
      I was in Denver last week and spotted this truck driving all covered up. It looks like its a nice size!
      NMeng
      • 1 Year Ago
      Burnouts. Lots of burnouts. That's all I want it for. That said, the trucks in the pictures are creeping up on fullsize trucks. I might as well shell out to get an '08 RCSB truck LS swapped.
      Kanner
      • 1 Year Ago
      No diesels until Fall 2015, why?. Thinking or lack of it was what got GM bankrupt, are we looking to do it again? There will be no second bailout GM, wake up!
        mazeroni
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Kanner
        GM didn't go bankrupt because they didn't offer a good small truck with a diesel. The Diesels listed have not been certified for the US. GM is going to have a hard time selling these pickups far enough below their full-sized trucks that it is unlikely they will reach any significant volume or profit margin. As such they have limited resources for R&D and marketing. They have to do a slow roll-out. Just be happy GM is releasing a small truck since the market has all but laughed the segment off which means they are taking a huge risk even bothering. Want to talk about GM's failures? Start by looking at their market portfolio pre-bankrupcy. The Colorado was among the colossal failures.
          Slizzo
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mazeroni
          It's funny. My Father in law is a die hard GM guy (mostly Chevy), and he ended up getting a Nissan Frontier because GM doesn't offer a light truck. I can't wait for these trucks to hit our shores. GM has been missing out on a big market by not offering a light truck over here.
          montoym
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mazeroni
          @ Slizzo: Uh, the Colorado? It competes driectly with the Frontier. What do you mean he couldn't find a GM alternative?
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