Spied Again! Next-Gen Overseas Chevrolet Colorado

Spied Again! Next-Gen Overseas Chevrolet Colorado
Photos by Brenda Priddy / Brenda Priddy & Company

Misery loves company, so we're going to show you the latest spy photos we've received of the next-generation Chevrolet Colorado undergoing hot-weather testing. We won't be able to buy it and neither will you, unless you live outside the U.S. and Canada when it goes on sale by 2011.

Like Ford's so-called "global" Ranger, this Colorado shares almost nothing with the Colorado that's currently built in Shreveport, La., except its name. It may be called the Chevy S-10 in Brazil, where the S-10 badge is still used today for a small pickup. But whether you call it Colorado or S-10, its program identifier inside General Motors is GMI 700. It will be manufactured in Thailand.

Under all of its camouflage, you can still make out a Chevy Equinox-like front end, which came to light recently in a U.S. patent application. The interior of the right-hand-drive Colorado also appears to share some Equinox styling cues in the center stack and air-conditioner vents.

Chevy Colorado Interior

Comments

Any news info on the engine? Maybe a diesel?

@Roberto: It's a diesel. Twist the knife harder! ;-)

Wish there was a big enough market in the US for this truck!

I hate to spoil the teasers about this truck, but if it's not going to be sold in the US, why even mention it? It's not a story if we can't buy it.

@ David
There is a market for a compact truck in the USA there is just severe lack of balls on the part of auto manufacturers to make one because they are terrified of losing out sales of there full size gas hogs to a compact fuel miser pickup .

@Wayne,

You do realize this is a Global Site.

@Frank,

Mainly centered on US though. No mentioning of Landrover, Iveco, etc.

Which is why he brought up the Chevy. Don't like the post, don't read it.

Another reason I continue to buy a Tacoma. GM and Ford have no confidence in the Colorado and Ranger and so you should not...

Just because a truck in not available in the US or Canada does not mean it should excluded from this site. These trucks are available in the "Americas" ie. Mexico (still North America), Central and South America.
If enough people express interest in these rigs - someone at corporate Detroit might take notice.

Mike@ It looks like the Australian version(RHD) we are the biggest market for RHD versions. Like Ford Australia and their T6 they Holden are having a fair bit of input into the new Colorado, but nowhere near much as Ford Australia with the Global T6 Ranger.
The diesel should be the 2.9 litre VM Motori unit that GM partially owns. I would expect over 405lbs ft of torque.

buy one in mexico and drive it up lol thats prob no legal but if its rwd and or 4x4 I like the size it appears to be and if its an equinox like front end then this might be a rare occasion i like the stylings of a chevy/gmc

GM as reported on this site is looking at returning to their small truck roots.

Quote: "GM is said to be working on a new compact runabout that's reminiscent of the original Chevrolet S-10, according to our sources."

So it is only logical to follow what GM is doing with the next gen Colorado for overseas. Thank god we live in America where we have free speech.

http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2010/05/sources-gm-working-on-return-to-small-truck-roots.html#more

Please read this GM corporate office- I want; fully boxed frame, 6 speed manual and auto, fully locking front and rear axles, available crew cab, 'auto' 4x4 like in the full-sizers, small diesel, 8+ inches of ground clearance, a classy interior and a tough exterior. There is no truck on the market that offers this at the moment, is this too much to ask for?

@g-street - looks like the foreign owned brands are the only ones interested in offering standard transmissions.

I agree with Grant, only has to tow 4,000lbs. Gas engine here, I do not like my hunting clothes and garage smelling like diesel

@Lou- Does GM not offer a 5speed 4cylinder option anymore?

Yes, but the Colorado/Canyon and Ranger are going to cease production. That leaves the foreign owned brands.

Why is it not possible to have a 4 door Equinox with a five foot bed and get 30 mpg on hwy? Direct injected four with 6 speed auto. It's hard to justify paying almost 10% more a gallon for diesel and substantial more upfront cost. Never mind more expensive service intervals. You would have to drive the wheels off to break even. I can borrow my buddies 2500 if I need to haul something then I can sell my pig.

GM is big greedy ..

I know Ford and GM are big greedy why traditional SUV or pickup truck less to North America,,

Yeah trucks like the global Chevrolet Colorado and the Ford Ranger and even the Volkswagen Amarok - that should make the American car manufacturers jealous...NOT! They spend their money making smaller than small cars and the overload of crossovers/SUVs...for example, Ford has the Escape, Edge, Explorer, Flex, and Expedition/EL. Pretty soon it's just going to be the Toyota Tacoma and the Nissan Frontier in the US!

@Billy - I suspect that the big 3 think that the public wants small SUV's or car based CUV's, instead of compact to mid-sized trucks.
Vans,CUV's, and SUV's have their limitations.
I'd love a truck as my experiment with vans has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that I would not want a CUV or SUV either.
It's a pain in the ass to carry; loose material ie. sand; large dogs ie. labs-even with a barrier they make a mess of everything; dirt bikes ect. The inside starts to smell like what ever you are carrying despite careful cleaning.

The current Ranger with a crewcab and same size box would be perfect.
The Colorado/Canyon twins have a poor reputation for quality.
The Ridgeline is too expensive.
The Tacoma is too close to a full size truck.
I don't like the local Nissan dealer.

That leaves full size p/us or SUV's or CUV's.

I'd like to amend my last post - That leaves full size pickups!

@Taylor,
I disagree with you. If the manufacturers thought there was a market they would build it. The lack of balls is in the buying public. Most people would rather spend more to get more. "My trailer weighs 3,000 pounds. I don't want to get a compact truck capable of towing 5,000 pounds when I can spend a little more and get something more than capable for the job. Especially when the prices aren't that much different." is the mentality that I've seen mostly (and I think the manufacturers have seen that as well).
This isn't to say that I personally wouldn't want one. I've been looking at replacing my Sierra 1500 with a compact truck when my lease runs out in a year. Even though the compacts really save very little in gas according the EPA numbers. Compact trucks are just easier to drive. (I've had a Ranger, Dakota, 2 Silverado's, F150, and the Sierra).

@David - there exists a "bigger is better" mentality that is predominantly a North American ideal. That hurts the sale of compact trucks.
My very first truck was a Ranger, and even though I could go anywhere offroad my friend's lifted trucks could go - there was the ever present "bigger is better" ideal.
They thought he tallest truck, or the one with the biggest tires, or the one with the most HP was the best.
I had to retrieve several of these guys - the biggest tires break axles, the biggest engine - breaks everything else, the biggest lift looks funny with the cab in the mud and tires up in the air.
We need to get away from that mentality.
When fuel climbs to 5 bucks a gallon or more - the domestics will be caught with their pants around their ankles again.
Fuel prices spiked and people stopped buying big SUV's and trucks. Diesel spiked and emissions worsened fuel economy -people stopped buying diesels and resale values dropped.

The HP,torque, towing and hauling war gives the consumer what they think they want.
People should be thinking "what do I really need? as opposed to what do I want?"

This truck is the reason why i hate gm so much i bought a new 2006 z71 crew cab 5 cyl it had leather all that stuff 41000 bucks here in canada . The gas mileage was awful tank of gas would not last 250 km i could not put the AC because the truck would over heat and it would stall pretty lame and in winter time the heater would stop working!!! It had so many problems the gmc dealer here is like we cant find a reason why its doing this after driveing this pos i will never ever go back to a gm dealer to buy there over rated crap i am with ford 4 life!!

When the Tacoma and Frontier are redesigned with new engines (hopefully 2013) I will happily choose between them. I will be amazed if any domestic midsize truck offering can actually compete with a redesigned Toyota or Nissan. Even if GM came out with the perfect product ( 4 cylinder turbo, bod on frame, 4x4), when you build garbage for so many years (see Colorado/Canyon) its hard to win back consumer confidence

Lou wrote: "there exists a "bigger is better" mentality that is predominantly a North American ideal. That hurts the sale of compact trucks.
My very first truck was a Ranger, and even though I could go anywhere offroad my friend's lifted trucks could go - there was the ever present "bigger is better" ideal.
They thought he tallest truck, or the one with the biggest tires, or the one with the most HP was the best.
I had to retrieve several of these guys - the biggest tires break axles, the biggest engine - breaks everything else, the biggest lift looks funny with the cab in the mud and tires up in the air.
We need to get away from that mentality.
When fuel climbs to 5 bucks a gallon or more - the domestics will be caught with their pants around their ankles again.
Fuel prices spiked and people stopped buying big SUV's and trucks. Diesel spiked and emissions worsened fuel economy -people stopped buying diesels and resale values dropped.

The HP,torque, towing and hauling war gives the consumer what they think they want.
People should be thinking "what do I really need? as opposed to what do I want?"

Sad, but true. That's ok, we'll have that "woo boy" feeling every time we punch our full size SUV/Truck with a bad V8 carrying all of our groceries. The USA's thinking is moving backwards, sadly. My supercrew is the first model to come out, and gets nearly the same mileage as the new supercrew....but but...it won't beat the newer one in a race or tow 10K pounds of oversized luxury camper.

I want a midsize with 25 mpg or better, until that happens I will stick with that 6K pound pig I call my F150. Smaller, fuel efficient diesels is what is needed here, but the US Auto industry knows it will hurt their bottom line via lower profits on these trucks. F150 ( or any full size for that matter) wouldn't be the best selling anymore if Ford introduced the F100 or ranger crew cab, but at least they can keep the status quo and keep the advertisements about best selling truck.

Lou secretly wants one of these trucks.

@snowman - your a funny man, but then again... looks aren't everything.

@ Lou, ya i know, not enough beauty sleep lately.

snowman,

Your vehicle sounds like a fart can. Better yet, Its probley because of the beer can exaust tip.

@Mike Levine, the Colorado and Ranger MAYBE coming to the US after all. In this article it mentions twice that the T6 Global Ranger is destined for the US. So do not rule out at this stage the Colorado or a New Ranger.
http://www.goauto.com.au/mellor/mellor.nsf/story2/7EF493F1CC8A8E3ACA2577700025F4DF

" The Ranger ute is in its final testing phase before being rolled out internationally from 2011 to multiple markets around the world, including Australia and the United States."

"designers in a $700 million development project in Victoria, will go into production in Thailand, South Africa and the United States in dual-cab and king cab variants."

@Robert Ryan: Thanks! I've seen that reported on several Australian sites in the last week but to the best of my knowledge that's incorrect.

It also says the new Ranger will be built in the U.S., which I've not heard anywhere else. I think news like that would have been announced or gotten out in the U.S. press if it was going to happen.

Latest photo concept mockup of the New Colorado.
http://www.caradvice.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/2012-Colorado-Front_CA-625x416.jpg

" The latest leak from America’s patent office has unearthed GM’s new ‘small truck’ – more affectionately known as a Ute in Australia.

The new Ute will be the bed for Holden’s Colorado and is set to appear some time in 2012.

Design revisions see the Ute carry a more stylish look, moving away from the rough and cut lines of the current Colorado.
Engine options are yet to be decided, but we can expect to see a continuation of four-cylinder turbo diesel and six-cylinder petrol engines."

the V8 colorado with extended cab will be small enough for most and very powerful. a classic.

Decent design. Install the Equinox 4cyl (@32 mpg) with a rugged awd system (how many people actually use the low range?) similar to a subaru "outback" and a Raised suspension. Think about it, 9-10 inches of clearance with 215/65r/16's or equivilent. Make those "steps" into small "tool boxes" & a 60/40 bench seat in the cab (for 3 person seating) and GM will sell tons. If you need anything more, start with a regular cab silverado/sierra. I'm a die hard truck guy but with mileage @ least this good (with awd) how do you not like it. This is what a perfected subie baja (that could actually haul a quad etc.)would look like.

Why the checkered mapping on the car? Are they prepping it for a cgi video or something?



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