Chevrolet’s Colorado mid-sized pickup will have lower operating expenses

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 21, 2011

Chevrolet's upcoming mid-sized pickup can do “85, 90%” of a big pickup but its operating costs will be lower, according to Mark Reuss, General Motors North America president. When he was interviewed at the Los Angeles auto show, Reuss said that plenty of truck owners don’t require a full-sized pickup's capability anyway.

Last October, GM said that it will soon offer a redesigned Colorado pickup in the U.S. Chevrolet’s plant in Wentzville, Mo., will produce the mid-sized model, which is the replacement for the existing Colorado pickup, a compact.

The truck will be built on GM's new global, body-on-frame, rear-wheel-drive, mid-sized platform. Compared to the Colorado, this pickup will be slightly wider and longer. However, the exact dimensions were not disclosed by the company. Chevrolet built this truck in order to meet new federal regulations that require vehicles to have lower emissions and an improved fuel economy.

Reuss explained that instead of installing full-blown four-mode hybrids or two-mode hybrids into large pickup trucks and hoping to make them efficient (which is very expensive), the company decided on making use of lower displacement, hybridization, alternate fuels to achieve the same result.

Reuss declined to confirm if GMC will market a similar model. But he said that if GM does decide to replace the GMC Canyon, it will take a different approach and this pickup would have different sheet metal, price points and models.

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