GM will launch two midsize pickups in the US next year

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 5, 2013

General Motors is developing two mid-size pickup trucks that are expected to be launched in 2014 or 2015. There’s actually some controversy in this segment composed of smaller American pickup trucks. In 2011, Ford discontinued the Ranger and Chrysler stopped making the Dodge/Ram Dakota. And in 2012, the GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado were halted.

The Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier are actually the only remaining pickup trucks smaller than the Ford F-150. Chrysler has been dropping hints about a next-gen mid-size pickup but it hasn’t yet confirmed whether there will be a new Dakota.

Rather, the automaker has been focused on its Ram 1500 full-size line-up. There were reports last year that successors to the GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado are being developed. But according to The Detroit Free Press, GM aims to offer the duo to the market together with the next-generation Ford F-150.

It’s believed that as Ford has launched the Atlas concept at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, it’s likely that the new Ford will come out in late 2014 or early 2015. General Motors North America president Mark Reuss said that the two trucks will be positioned higher than the Toyota Tacoma (which qualifies as a compact pickup) and will fill two separate niches.

The replacement for the GMC Canyon replacement will be in line with GMC’s “professional grade” ideology and will function as a smaller Sierra work truck. On the other hand, the Chevrolet Colorado will be targeting consumers and will boast a “lifestyle truck” appearance. It’s expected that GM will make sure to exceed the fuel economy of the Silverado and Sierra, which may offer up to 23 mpg highway. It is expected to easily accomplish this as it comes with a more compact and lighter body and is powered by the international-market Colorado’s turbodiesel engine.

The new Chevy Colorado makes use of GM’s body-on-frame architecture. The rear-drive truck is engineered, designed and manufactured to give customers the best in terms of looks, refinement and versatility.

The latest Chevy Colorado is guaranteed to meet every safety standard in every market it is sold. Each Chevy Colorado comes with an anti-lock braking system with electronic brake force distribution, electronic stability control, hydraulic brake assist, traction control, front air bags, and cornering brake control.

GM global vehicle line executive for midsize trucks Brad Merkel says that the Colorado can easily compete with the best trucks in the world due to its performance, design and strength. Merkel adds that their aim was to 'haul anything” and “go anywhere' with the new Colorado. Merkel also says that the carmaker has engineered the truck to meet the demands of personal and commercial buyers. You can use it to transport your family, or you can use it to help you work, and even appeal to high end customers.

Merkel explains that the range and versatility benefit their customers. No matter how they want their Colorado configured, they will all get the frame, body structure, powertrains and refinement. Merkel further reveals that customers would get the same aesthetics and basic hardware regardless of whether they buy a premium crew cab or a two-door truck.

Brazilian GM engineers led the development of the new Colorado, using their expertise to create a vehicle for a variety of markets around the world, including Southeast Asian countries. The development team lived in Thailand to see how the locals used their trucks as well as study the driving conditions in the country to help them develop the Colorado LS, LT and the LTZ.

This line up was developed to give handing and ride characteristics that have never been seen in a medium sized pickup, thanks largely to the suspension tuning and chassis.

The new Colorado is just perfect for towing and hauling as well as for daily driving.

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