2013 Chevrolet Colorado could get a significantly different GMC version

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 18, 2012

General Motors North America president Mark Reuss said that the upcoming Chevy Colorado pickup truck will be going directly against the Toyota Tacoma, which is the “volume leader.” He believes that the Colorado pickup will appeal to the consumer who wants “a really good Chevrolet lifestyle sport truck that’s quite different than the Tacoma.” But when prodded on how different this model is, Reuss wouldn’t say.

From looking at the Asian-market Colorado, it’s obvious that there won’t be significant changes between that model and the Chevy truck sold in the U.S. Of course, the U.S.-market Colorado will still be a body-on-frame and we already have an idea what its appearance is.

It’s a possibility that Reuss mentioned the Tacoma model as it’s comparable to the very capable Colorado aside from being rivals in the mid-size truck segment. Being “mid-size” is relative and Reuss said that the Colorado is maybe 90 to 95% of the size of a Silverado. The full specs of the Colorado have yet to be released. This is true even for the overseas markets.

Reuss said that there may still be a GMC version. GM hasn’t given any confirmation but when this happens, it’s expected that the GMC would be considerably differentiated from the Chevy version. It’s not known if there would just be a different fascia or if it’s something more major. When discussing the Colorado, Reuss talked about fuel efficiency and a “powertrain change” compared to the Silverado.

It’s likely that this means that the Colorado comes with a four- or six-cylinder engine but a diesel unit remains to be a possibility. GM revealed plans for the Chevy Cruze to have a diesel four in 2013 but the Colorado is exclusively sold with two diesel V-6 engines in most parts of Asia.

The all-new Chevrolet Colorado was developed by GM’s team of highly skilled engineers who tailored the vehicle especially for some global markets, including ones in Southeast Asia.

Members of the development team actually lived in Thailand during the process and immersed themselves in the country’s very competitive truck market. They also observed how the locals use their vehicles as well as the local driving conditions. Their experience, combined with their expertise, helped in the development of the new Colorado, covering three levels of specification: the entry-level LS, the mid-range LT, and the range-topping LTZ.

Colorado lineup has been designed to give you ride and handling characteristics that go beyond your expectations of a mid-sized pickup. And this is partly due to two levels of chassis as well as suspension tuning. The car is therefore also adept at hauling and towing, and in serving everyday commuters.

Additionally, the new Colorado features a new global family of turbo diesel four-cylinder engines developed by GM and designed to generate a top combination of fuel efficiency and performance. The engineers at GM Thailand built two Duramax diesels that are available in 2.5-liter and 2.8-liter displacements. Both of these engines have components that are designed to last for 240,000 km.

The 2.8-liter Duramax turbo-diesel engine has a variable-geometry turbocharger for optimum power and for efficiency throughout the rpm band, and it has a balance shaft for more smoothness. It is also rated at 180 hp and 346 lb.-ft. of torque, with an available six-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.5-liter engine delivers 150 hp and a torque of 258 lb.-ft.

GM South America Design Center in Brazil created the new Colorado’s presence, taking cues from the Colorado’s three concept vehicles, which were revealed at auto shows in Argentina, Thailand, Australia, and Germany.

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