By on March 21, 2011

No sooner had production of Chevy’s aging Colorado compact pickup ground to a halt due to parts supply disruption in Japan then GM brought out the concept version of its forthcoming replacement, the Global Colorado. This concept specifically previews the Thai-built version of GM’s compact-midsized pickup, and offers 4 Wheel Drive, as well as an all-new 2.8 liter turbodiesel engine. Brad Merkel, GM’s Global Vehicle Line Executive explains

Although this is a show vehicle, the basic proportions and form convey the vision for the next-generation Colorado that we will bring to market. It reflects a stylized version of the new truck, one that takes into account rugged dependable truck capabilities for commercial use as well as sophisticated refinement for personal-use needs.

The Thai-built version of the Global olorado willl begin production this October, but a version of this truck intended for the US market is still a ways off. It’s unlikely that a US version will offer GM’s new diesel engine, but GM is still keeping details about its new oil-burning engine under wraps for now. Given the lack of investment in the US Market’s mid-compact truck offerings, however, any new trucks entering this space are worth watching.

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40 Comments on “Chevy’s Next Colorado (In Concept)...”


  • avatar
    Z71_Silvy

    Yeah…just like the pathetic “world” Ranger, this one can stay away from us.
     
    The only redeeming factor of our Colorado/Canyon is that you can get them with the 5.3 V8.  That would make for one fun truck.

  • avatar
    mjz

    Looks great. I still miss my old S-10. These will sell if they offer it here.

    • 0 avatar
      geozinger

      GM still builds the S-10 in Brazil, I think. If they wanted to, GM could sell the Brazilian S-10 in the US and have customers lined up 5 rows deep to buy a new one.

  • avatar
    Halftruth

    Not bad.. save for the transformer style dash though..

    • 0 avatar
      mazder3

      +1 The Michael Bay-former dash needs to lose the LEDs and put in some knobs.

    • 0 avatar
      Sinistermisterman

      I was gonna say – has this truck been specifically designed so that Michael-makescrapfilms-Bay can have a Transformer with a hillbilly accent for his next abysmal film for kids with attention deficit hyperactive disorder?

    • 0 avatar
      Nick

      I was thinking more early 90s ghetto blaster.
      But I do like the appearance, save for the Ridgeline-ish cover.  2.8L td.  Now that’s interesting.  I wonder if this will spend the end of the Atlas engines?

  • avatar
    jeremie

    Nice.

  • avatar
    Banger

    Come ON, Ford! You gonna let Chevy eat your lunch on this one and let every other market EXCEPT North America have the “global” Ranger? Just to scavenge a few more “in-before-fuel-hits-$5″ F-150 buyers? Really?
     
    I’m the furthest thing from a “Chevy Guy” you’ll ever meet, but I admit, I’d give it an honest look if it were in production for the U.S. and Ford still hasn’t offered me a compact or at least sane-sized pickup by that time if/when my Ranger starts nickel-and-diming me to death. Not to say it will (knock on wood). But yeah. Maybe one day I’ll want something newer and nicer, and unless Ford has a very Ranger-like truck on the market at that time, they face the probability of losing a sale. Sorry, Mulally, but the Ranger is really the “ONE Ford” for my needs.

    • 0 avatar
      Shipwright

      As an owner of several Fords and Ford based Mazdas I have to agree with you. If Ford abandons the small truck market I may have to go a Chevy P/U when my 2000 B3000 dies.

    • 0 avatar

      …if/when my Ranger starts nickel-and-diming me to death. Not to say it will (knock on wood).
      Oh, it will, it will… maybe not now, but one day. (former owner of a 94 low mile Ranger).
       
      Nice looking truck, for a Chevy. Ford does need to get on the small truck band wagon.

    • 0 avatar
      Banger

      Oh, it will, it will… maybe not now, but one day.
       
      I’m already smelling an upper ball joint (and hence, because of the way the Ranger suspension is designed nowadays, an upper control arm) replacement coming in the next year or two. But all things considered, this truck has been incredibly cheap to own and run.

  • avatar
    geozinger

    The concept truck is very nice. I’d like to see the production truck and what the MSRP would be for the North American market. It seems to me only the bug man and NAPA buy Colorados. I’ve seen a few of the V8/4×4 Canyons that would be absolutely sweet in my driveway, but… For the same money, I could get into a bigger truck.
     
    I have a feeling that the pricing would still favor the full size trucks.

  • avatar
    Mark MacInnis

    Why not built here in the US?  I find it amazing that it is economic to ship these here in the era of $100 per barrel crude?  And a 5.3 V-8 in a world car?

  • avatar
    Zackman

    I’ll believe it when I see it.

  • avatar
    Educator(of teachers)Dan

    That looks like it would be the best Honda Rigeline that Honda never built.

  • avatar
    PickupMan

    +1 on loosing the ‘transformer style dash’….great line Halftruth.
    If they also loose the silly hood vents (what is this, a Buick?) and the rear spoiler that I suspect is part of the tonneau, I would also give it a strong look.
    But I agree with those who say we’ll never see it here.

  • avatar
    Steven02

    -minus the hood vents and needs a 4 door model.  I think it would be pretty good after that.

  • avatar
    Zackman

    Vents are the new accent, so please remove them, as they ONLY belong on BUICKS! The General should then sue every other OEM that uses them in that position, and then go after all the parts houses that sell stick-on vents AND the Neon owners who buy them! Seriously, if you want to accent your vehicle, how about proudly displaying the NAME of the vehicle on the side as god intended? In a proper script type style, too. Oh, and another thing, the model is displayed properly on the right side of the trunk/tailgate, not the left, as this forces the driver following you to scan and take in the entire rear look of the vehicle, ending up with the name. It cost me good money to fix that “mistake” on my Impala and to add the Chevrolet name to the left side. Sorry if that sounds cranky, but I remember how cars were supposed to be styled and trimmed, and it worked for how many years?

  • avatar
    Mark MacInnis

    “See the USA in a (Thai-built?) Chevrolet!”
    “Chevy:  The (Thai-built?) Heartbeat of America.”
    “Chevy Trucks:  Like a (Thai-built?) rock.”
    I will buy one of these when the temperature in Hell reaches a sustained temperature of 0 degrees celsius for a long enough period to turn a sizable quantity of H-2-0 from a liquid state to a solid state.  The rest of the world treats America like sh!t.  It is time for Americans to tell the rest of the world to go F{}ck themselves. 

    And while we are at it, we still OWN a big damned chunk of GM. So precisely how does it feel to get smacked in the face by those ingrates? They should be building this truck in America.

    • 0 avatar
      geozinger

      There’s always been a version of the Colorado built in Thailand. I would assume for some Asian markets.
      However, there’s nothing in the post indicating that the US would get a Thai built truck.

  • avatar
    MarcKyle64

    Just what we need on the road, another ugly truck with poor visibility that gets 16 mpg.

  • avatar
    cmoibenlepro

    It is looking very nice!

  • avatar
    JMII

    It does look good… thus I assume it will never arrive in the US and if it does it will not look like this. Its a Chevy so I’m not intrested, but anything that revies the “compact-truck” idea gets my attention. Till the rest of the US wakes up I’ll be keeping my Dodge Dakota.

  • avatar
    crayon

    Note to GM. I can only afford one vehicle and I’ve got 2 kids so if you want me to consider one I need a proper back seat (crew cab). Aside from that, I dare you to sell it here.
    I was surprised to hear that production had to stop on the Colorado. I didn’t know that there were enough people buying them to justify running a production line in the first place.
     

  • avatar

    A truck like this is just what my girlfriend and I were talking about the other day. Going forward it will be nearly impossible for us to own a full size truck, so a smaller, more fuel efficient truck would allow us the flexibility to tow or put dirt bikes in the bed and get things home improvement projects done with $5 a gallon gas around by the time this comes out. A small crossover might be able to fulfill our needs, but I’d rather own a wagon and a truck.
    Even if diesel isn’t a widely accepted fuel in the states, I won’t be surprised if a turbo diesel does come in this truck to the states to meet CAFE standards. And with higher standards coming up soon and current full size trucks not shrinking, losing weight, or getting significantly better MPG, I can’t imagine going to the local Chevy dealer and being able to purchase a sub $35-$40k Silverado ever again so that only those who really need one/have more money than they know what to do with can afford it.
    Bring a small truck that gets 35MPG highway and costs under $30k to the states and I will gladly buy one in a heartbeat. Make sure I can fit two dirt bikes in the bed and still keep up with traffic on the highway and I’ll switch from GM to whichever brand offers it. Even better, bring back the El Camino with a turbo 4 or 6 and the ability to put one bike in the bed and I’ll appreciate it even more now that my 72 SS is long gone.

  • avatar
    Sgt Beavis

    I typically buy Ford products but if GM brings this to the US, I’m in.

  • avatar
    nrd515

    I have a friend who wanted to buy one of the Colorado/whatever the GMC one is called for a long time, but he can’t get over the oddball fender flares and the truck in general is disappointing. He would love this, if they don’t screw up the production one. I think it looks great.
     
    And BTW, I have a friend with a black Ridgeline.

  • avatar
    jeremie

    I don’t mind those vents. They look neatly integrated, not tacked on as on most vehicles I’ve seen them on. All in all  it’s a clean modern design. That wing thingy behind the cab is a little ridiculous, It would get destroyed pretty quick with the things I use my truck for. To me the pinnacle of of small truck design is still the previous generation Tacoma. Since then they’ve all been too big, butch, expensive, or thirsty.

  • avatar

    I used to look seriously at the Chevy Colorado, but I finally lost all interest in the truck.
     
    I liked the fuel economy with four cylinder-lots of torque and horsepower and you still get similar mileage to a Toyota or Nissan. It was a good size too, a lot of people argued that it was a midsize just like the Toyota and Nissan but I always felt like it was a lot smaller than either of the other two.
     
    The reason I stopped looking at the truck seriously is because it was simply such a mediocre vehicle. I could tolerate the ugly interior (I actually found the simplicity of it quite appealing) and I definitely liked the looks, too-but I lacked confidence in its ability to do long term work after a combination of lackluster dealer visits (where it simply felt shoddily put together) and when IIHS ranked it Poor in side crash tests. And its towing and hauling capacities were average at best. And it always felt built to a price, lots of weak-feeling sheetmetal.
     
    The reason the IIHS tests bothered me is that, when I looked at the post-crash photos, it seemed to highlight the flimsiness of the chassis that I saw in person. It wasn’t the safety angle-it was the fact that, simply put, the truck seemed loose in person and in procedures designed to test a vehicle’s structural design, and while I can tolerate a truck getting bad safety scores, when it seems clear that those bad safety scores are due to a lack of structural rigidity-in a truck designed to be abused, no less-it’s just too much.
     
    I’m not holding my breath for this Colorado to be much better. I’m sure it would be better than the current model, but whether it could compete in the U.S. is questionable. This model would be competing against the world Ranger, Hilux and Navarra. In the U.S. though, midsizers don’t compete with midsizers-they compete with fullsizers. Would-be midsize customers compare the benefits with shopping for a full-size truck. Back when the trucks were small, the benefits were obvious-better mileage, easier to park. Nowadays the positives are a lot more abstract.
     
    Could this Colorado-even if it got better safety scores, tougher sheetmetal, better chassis, better mileage-compete with an F-150 or Tundra? Not if it were a midsize. It would have to be as small or smaller than the current generation. And it would have to get substantially better mileage than an F-150-say, 25 mpg total, 22 in the city and perhaps 29 on the highway. It would still have to tow well, and accomodate 4wd, real 4wd with transfer case preferred, because a lot of the old compact trucks got used in moderately challenging off-road situations when the owner felt like going on a fishing/camping trip.
     
    It could work–but simply being better than it is now isn’t nearly enough.

  • avatar
    big_gms

    I like it a lot. Looks great, although the dash is very busy. If/when it’s sold in the U.S., it will be interesting to see if 1) the production version is too ”dumbed down” compared to this concept and 2) exactly how big it is. If it’s too big, it might not do well.

    I really think they need to dump the Colorado/Canyon names, though. Awful sounding names for any kind of vehicle, in my opinion.


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