The 2015 Chevy Colorado was one of last week's big debuts at the LA Auto Show, so big that our editors ranked it second in our list of Top Five debuts from the show. We thought Chevy's reentry into the midsize pickup market deserved a closer look, so we sent West Coast Editor Mike Harley to talk to Jeff Luke, chief engineer of midsize and fullsize trucks for Chevrolet.

What he learned goes deeper than what our lenses could capture when the truck debuted on stage in LA. From segment-leading box sizes to fuel-saving aerodynamics to what this little Bowtie with a bed shares with its big brother, Luke gives us the low down on how Chevy hopes to compete in a segment of, let's face it, aged competitors. Scroll down and hit play to watch for yourself.
2015 Chevrolet Colorado: 2013 LA Auto Show


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      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Best looking midsize truck.
      thomas.leopard
      • 1 Year Ago
      First time in a while I have found a truck attractive.
      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      The way the truck looks and the "lifestyle" they are trying to market it as they have reached a good balance. There is plenty of need for a truck like this.
      Ez-Car
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sure to be a great vehicle! Regarding the many comparisons to the Toyota Tacoma: it doesn't really matter. Design, like story telling, is derivative, there is rarely anything new. One need look no further than the Tundra to develop a similar argument against Toyota for lifting ideas from the Big Three. Circular argument really. I say buy what you like. If you don't like what someone else spends their money on, I'm sure your opinion hardly matters to them anyway so save your breath.
        jtav2002
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ez-Car
        Too bad many don't really care for the "buy what you like" argument. They would rather just insult others car purchasers and make baseless claims with zero experience with the vehicles they bash. Oh well.
      MANARC100
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think they have made a VERY desirable product the billion dollar question is price. There must be a significant separation (5k?) between a similarly equipped Silverado. Also the 3.6 seems like more of a car motor. That engine in my wife's traverse works very hard. The new 4.3 with cylinder deactivation and better low end torque would have probably been a better fit. However, the diesel should be great.
        Camaroman101
        • 1 Year Ago
        @MANARC100
        the 3.6 was chosen over the 4.3 due to better fuel economy, but both engines have been "re-tuned" for truck applications with more low end torque.
          Carpinions
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Camaroman101
          Which is what I find odd about the bew 4.3's story since it came out. It hasn't gotten great mileage in the Silverado, partly because those trucks are now almost by default laden with crew cabs and other weight adders. But I would think the 4.3 would be perfect for the new Colorado given the smaller truck's reduced weight and for its comparative torque output. Using the 3.6 instead was not something I expected.
        jtav2002
        • 1 Year Ago
        @MANARC100
        At least in Silverado application, the 4.3 while having more torque makes that torque at a higher RPM than some applications of the 3.6. For trucks torque is obviously very important, but making that torque at as low of an RPM level as possible is equially as important.
      SquareFour
      • 1 Year Ago
      Thanks to a 1983 S-10 in my past, I have a love/hate relationship with GM pickups. I'm really interested in this, but it'll come down to four things for me: price, size (if it's too big, might just as well go full-sized), important off-road bits (ground clearance, approach/departure angles, suspension set up, etc) and how it drives.
      The Other Bob
      • 1 Year Ago
      6 ft bed avail. with a crew cab is pretty surprising. I would like to know if there is 48" between the wheel wells.
      Proghog
      • 1 Year Ago
      Are they going to be showing off the GMC edition at the Detroit show?
        thedriveatfive
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Proghog
        This will be hard to top, but sometimes the GMC twin does look better... sometimes not. Im interested to see if they will introduce right away or wait for the diesel.
        Camaroman101
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Proghog
        wow, I completely forgot about the GMC twin, hopefully its a little more than just a grill swap.
      thedriveatfive
      • 1 Year Ago
      I thought it looked good in pictures but the film is even better. All hail the new small diesel pickup. Just enough and not to much. Most people seem to go bigger and bigger with trucks but the reverse trend may start to catch on. Not everyone needs a 1 ton or 3/4 ton and many would be happier driving a truck like this that is about the same size as the original 1/2 tons were before they started growing. This will be a hit.
        montoym
        • 1 Year Ago
        @thedriveatfive
        To be fair, this is still bigger, bigger than the previous Colorado that is. It's pretty much identical in size to the Tacoma, which isn't bad, but there's still a big gap at the bottom of the truck range where the ranger and S10 used to live. No one makes trucks that size any more.
      Jeff Harris
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am very excited about the new Colorado! Z71 V6 4wd a must and I will add dvd headrests. I don't or want a full size SIlverado but I do want a functional midsize truck with good pickup and good ground clearance. The Colorado will offer these things and have a better warranty than Ford or Toyota, and Dodge is not even a choice. My plan is after those stock tires are worn out, upgrade to bigger wheels, cold air intake headers and exhaust.
      Goblin
      • 1 Year Ago
      The main thing for me is price. The big attraction back in the 80's when the compact trucks became popular was the price. I think most people just want a solid pickup to drive to work and haul stuff when needed. And most of all a price the average working person can afford.
      Michael
      • 1 Year Ago
      Has GM forgotten about all the small business people that use the truck bed for utilitarian use? Please have a lower model that we can get things in and out of from the side of the vehicle. I don't want a cute little step to get into it, I want to grab and go! Put a topper on it and use the side doors to get things in and out of an a truck that tall??? Fail! We want a truck to work out of, not tow a whale!
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