Chevrolet spokesman says no decision yet if new Colorado will sell in US

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 22, 2011

It is still unsure if the redesigned Chevrolet Colorado will be offered in the U.S. Chevrolet spokesman Mike Albano said that the company is considering “a couple of options." Albano provided this update after several Web sites reported that the new Colorado will be made available in the U.S.

The redesigned Colorado, which was engineered for markets outside North America, will make its debut on March 25 at the Bangkok International Motor Show in Thailand.

It will start selling in Thailand later this year, says Autonews. Albano said that there’s nothing to announce yet. He said that as of now, Chevrolet will continue selling the current Colorado and that there is no plan to withdraw from this segment. But he can’t say yet what this means in terms of future products.

Chevrolet’s plant in Shreveport, La., assembles the current generation Colorado and a sister vehicle, the GMC Canyon. This plant is scheduled to be idled by June 2012.

The redesigned Colorado will be a mid-sized truck while the current Colorado is categorized as a compact pickup. GM has shown a part of the image of the four-door pickup. GM has also not announced plans to produce a redesigned Canyon pickup.

General Motors introduced the all-new Chevrolet Colorado to the international scene in Thailand. So far, it is their toughest, best-performing and most-refined mid-size pickup truck in terms of design and engineering.

This range took five years in the making and cost $2 billion to develop in a vehicle program seen in across five continents for customers in over 60 markets worldwide.

The latest-generation Chevrolet Colorado offers additional technology as well as extra features and more value than before. With its all-new interiors, exteriors plus major mechanical features, it is the most wide-ranging mid-size truck program in the 100-year history of Chevrolet.

As the Chevrolet Colorado range goes on sale this month, Thai customers can choose from the 26 combinations of models, cabins, power trains and ride heights. There are single-extended as well as crew-cabs in low-stance and high-stance configurations, narrow-body and wide-body choices plus 2-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive layouts.

The range also gives a choice between two new Duramax turbo-diesel engines that have combined great performance and fuel economy in three specification levels.

According to Martin Apfel, GM Thailand President, the introduction of the all-new Colorado in the flourishing pickup truck market of Thailand builds on Chevrolet's legacy of producing vehicles that surpass the needs and desires of customers.

Apfel said that Thailand is honored to be the first market worldwide to launch the all-new Colorado, GM’s most significant contribution in the mid-size pickup truck market. Since this has been strongly built by and for the people of Thailand, it is a vehicle that Thailand can be proud of.

When the Chevrolet Colorado was being developed, the team members stayed in Thailand to immerse themselves in the extremely competitive truck market and observe the way Thais drive their vehicles and the different situations they encounter. That skill resulted to developing the all-new Colorado models with three specification levels: the LS, entry level; LT, mid-range level; and LTZ, top of the range.

The latest lineup aims to provide ride and handling features not expected of a mid-size pickup truck, owing to two chassis and suspension tuning levels. Therefore, it is proficient in towing and hauling as well as serving city commuters on a daily basis.

The Colorado range also includes a new universal family of GM-developed turbo-diesel 4-cylinder engines, made to supply a top combination performance and fuel efficiency. The two Duramax diesels, which come in 2.5-liter and 2.8-liter displacements, have been built at GM Thailand’s recently opened $200 million engine plant.

The 2.8-liter turbo-diesel has a variable-geometry turbocharger (VGT) to deliver maximum power and effectiveness across the rpm band plus a balance shaft for enhanced smoothness. Both engines consist of components made to last for 240,000 kilometers.

The 2.8-liter engine has a 180 hp or 132 kW rating and 346 lb.-ft. or 470 Nm of torque with a 6-speed automatic transmission (324 lb.-ft. or 440 Nm of torque accompanied by a 5-speed manual). The 2.5-liter engine has a 150 hp or 110 kW rating and 258 lb.-ft. of torque.

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