Update 1: Next-Gen Chevrolet Colorado Revealed in Patent Filing?

Next-Gen Chevrolet Colorado Revealed in Patent Filing?

Update #1 July-07-2010 01:28 PDT:

We've dug up more information on the truck shown here.

Yes, it's the next-generation Chevrolet Colorado that will be built in Thailand and only sold in markets outside of the U.S. and Canada. It may be named the Chevy S-10 in Brazil, where the S-10 badge is still used today for a small pickup.

Whether you call it Colorado or S-10, its program identifier inside GM is GMI 700. It's fair to compare it to the future global Ford Ranger -- code named T6 -- and the new Volkswagen Amarok.

According to Ingress Corporation Berhard, a Malaysian company that said it will supply interior components for the truck, "The contract, codenamed GMI-700, is a new global 1-ton Pickup program replacing the current Colorado model. The new 7-year-model life vehicle is expected to be launched in October 2011 in Thailand."

While we've shown you spy shots of the final truck in camouflage, we also caught it being tested in plain sight as far back as 2008.

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Is this the next-generation Chevrolet Colorado that's destined for sale in markets outside North America next year? Our friends at GMInsideNews uncovered these images after sifting through the latest U.S. Patent and Trademark Office filings.

The illustrations appear to line up with the camouflaged Colorado our spies caught testing back in March. 

While GM hasn't officially said U.S. Colorado and Canyon production will end, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said last year it was GM's plan to end production at the Shreveport plant where they're built by 2012.

Overseas, it's a different story. GM doesn’t plan to shutter its Chevy Colorado production facility in Thailand. The company recently received $445 million in loans to expand the plant for the next-gen Colorado and to produce four-cylinder diesel engines.

GMI reports that its sources say a new small truck is planned for production at the old Saturn plant in Spring Hill, Tenn. It could be this pickup. However, our sources say that GM is working on a different future runabout for U.S. buyers.

Next-Gen Chevrolet Colorado Revealed in Patent Filing?

[Source: GMInsideNews]

Comments

The likelihood of the USA getting that truck is slim to none .

Is that a Chevy LUV bed grafted onto an Equinox front cab?!?!?!

Yeah, definitely not gonna see this one in the US. Mexico, South America and Asia all get these useful little runabouts that you never see here. Of course, some of them, I wouldn't want to see here....like this half-butt attempt

Dont get me wrong if GM were to sell that here with the long bed and the hooks I would surely be in the maket for one , I kind of like those bed hooks .

Looks like an Isuzu to me. Definitely not for this market. No better than the last Colorado which was a flop.

Bet those bedsides are multi piece stampings.Remember the rust bucket Toyota Lil Hustler beds back in the 70s and 80s? All those seams just weep moisture and rust.Look at any 1971-2002 Dodge B-van and you will see the same thing down the side....complete with exposed spotweld dimples clearly visible.

I hate new Chevy LUV will worthless pickup back to 1970's I know in 1982 Chevrolet S-10 and 2002 Chevrolet Colorado were good improvement. it will unlike different pickup like weird.

Guys, look at the new single cab pickup trucks they sell overseas, Nissan Navara (Frontier twin overseas), Toyota Hilux, Mitsubishi Triton, Isuzu D-Max, etc. The long bed has the old school indentation around the lid with the tie-down hooks.

Let me show you what I'm talking about.
http://www.sonirodban.com/images/index-images/2008-nissan-frontier-navara-single-cab.JPEG

Why can't we get small pickups wit a regular cab and a long bed?

@ Billy Not really, depends on the Market, I guess they use the hooks in South America. Here are ones without tie -down hooks.

Nissan Navarra
http://www.caradvice.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/2010-nissan-navara-pathfinder-5-625x416.jpg

Toyota Hilux
http://www.caradvice.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/toyota-hilux-2009-25.thumbnail.jpg

Mitsubishi Triton
http://www.4x4offroads.com/image-files/2006-mitsubishi-triton-dual-cab-1.jpg

Isuzu Dmax

http://www.caradvice.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/isuzu-d-max-ute.thumbnail.jpg

I think compact domestic trucks are dead or dying.

I'm leaning towards a 1/2 ton crewcab. GM's 5.3 or Ford's 4.6 3V are looking better and better everyday.

I should get a one ton crewcab 8 foot box diesel. That way, I'd be guaranteed that my wife would not want to drive it ;)

I support my wife, but I do not support the marriage.

The 1/2 ton pickup at 22 mpg highway currently. It will be as high as 28 mpg highway by as early as 2013, and almost certainly by 2015.

Current 1/4 ton trucks, and their next-generation, are too big to do a whole lot better than 28 mpg highway with a gas powertrain. The global market demands 1/4 tons, but with the 1/2 ton pushing its mpg into sedan territory the right compliment in the North American market is smaller than a 1/4 ton truck.

Synchrony with Euro 6 standards may even allow for an optional 200 hp 4-cyl turbodiesel in 1/2 ton trucks which would be awesome.

If the domestics can't come out with a next-gen truck small enough to get by with a 4-cylinder only engine line up (optional V6 is fine with me) they might as well not bother.

@joookes The new Global Pickups are not much smaller than a 1/2 Ton(Think Tacoma), but the diesels they have make them pretty much more thrifty with fuel.

Here is a shot of the competition a single Cab version of the VW Amarok
http://images-2.drive.com.au/2010/06/30/1661847/Amarok-5_600jpg-600x400.jpg

@Robert Ryan
Awesome pic of the VW Amarok regular cab!
Yeah, depends on region and automaker, but the regular (single) cabs are most seen with the hooks; extended (space) cabs and crew (double) cabs will more than likely not have the hooks.
Again with the VW Amarok...I want that truck!

this truck in australia is sale but with other name and brand my brother have one

I'd be interested to see those tie down hooks. The seem useful and really don't look bad.

Why does it look like they found an old leftover pickup box from a late 70's Chevy Luv and slapped it on?

Either way, the manufacturers here forgot what the small pickup truck market sprang from. Even those manufacturers who made their mark here with small, tough pickups have left their roots behind. Now all we have are mostly overly inflated trucks with all the gimmicks and toys of passenger cars.
Bring back the smaller more practical sized trucks from the 80's, but leave the new gadgets behind so those who actually want and need a small truck can afford them.



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