A Glimpse Of Chevy's Compact Pickup Future

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer

Well, we’ve accidentally developed something a of a Chevy theme this morning, what with the Cobalt and 2013 Malibu… and now this, the Colorado Rally Concept, a first look at the next generation of GM compact pickups. Though the concept’s 2.8 liter turbodiesel engine is unlikely to make it to the US, Pickuptrucks.com reports

According to manufacturing documents we’ve obtained, the Colorado’s start of regular production is slated for Oct. 3, 2011, in Thailand and Jan. 16, 2012, in Brazil, where it will likely be sold as the S-10.

According to our sources, the code names for the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon versions for North America are 31XC and 31XG. Start of U.S. manufacturing is scheduled for around July 2014, though production of the current Colorado and Canyon are expected to end by 2012 at the plant in Shreveport, La.

Aimed directly at the global pickup segment defined by Toyota’s HiLux and Ford’s Global Ranger, the Colorado looks to be larger than the typical compact pickup and represents a fundamentally different strategy than Chrysler’s planned minivan-based “lifestyle pickup.” And don’t look now, but tough midsized trucks like this could be as much a replacement for current full-size buyers as gas prices and CAFE standards rise, as they could be true entry-level compacts. But then, we’ll need to see how much this global vehicle is modified for the US market before we really know what we’re getting here.

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  • CJinSD CJinSD on Jun 19, 2011

    Genuinely small pickups used to sell in big numbers, but years of inexpensive fuel killed people's willingness to deal with cramped interiors. As small pickups were scaled up to have roomy, comfortable cabs, the entire trucks ended up bigger. Then they needed bigger engines and capabilities to match their size. I really like the idea of a sub-3,000 lb pickup that keeps up with traffic and gets 25 mpg with a 4-cylinder engine, but I was origamied into 1987 Toyota pickups when I was a 6'2" inch, 175 lb teenager. I'd be tortured as a 225 lb adult. Those little Toyotas were tough as nails, and I was impressed when I drove a rusty old leaf-sprung 4x4 Yota up a mountain stream bed, but even then I didn't want to contemplate having my knees in face while sitting 4 feet off the ground on a daily basis. My friend's 2008 Tacoma is a Range Rover by comparison. It only gets 18 mpg in DC traffic, but that's actually about what his car gets there too.

  • Cyberpine Cyberpine on Aug 26, 2011

    Chevy missed it. Nice looking truck and really like that rack in the back.. but no easy fold down midgate??? They should have built something that looked more like the 2001 k5 concept.

  • Michael Gallagher I agree to a certain extent but I go back to the car SUV transition. People began to buy SUVs because they were supposedly safer because of their larger size when pitted against a regular car. As more SUVs crowded the road that safety advantage began to dwindle as it became more likely to hit an equally sized SUV. Now there is no safety advantage at all.
  • Probert The new EV9 is even bigger - a true monument of a personal transportation device. Not my thing, but credit where credit is due - impressive. The interior is bigger than my house and much nicer with 2 rows of lounge seats and 3rd for the plebes. 0-60 in 4.5 seconds, around 300miles of range, and an e-mpg of 80 (90 for the 2wd). What a world.
  • Ajla "Like showroom" is a lame description but he seems negotiable on the price and at least from what the two pictures show I've dealt with worse. But, I'm not interested in something with the Devil's configuration.
  • Tassos Jong-iL I really like the C-Class, it reminds me of some trips to Russia to visit Dear Friend VladdyPoo.
  • ToolGuy New Hampshire