Photography by KGP Photography
As we get closer to the actual release date for the full-size 2014 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra — presumably set to come out before the smaller, midsize Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon — it is easy to forget about the little brothers. This is what our spy shooters just sent us, along with a quick note:
"We've gotten our best look yet at GM's U.S.-spec midsize pickup for 2014. The prototype, seen here, was caught testing in Michigan and shows some key front fascia changes when compared to Chevrolet's Colorado pickup, which was originally developed for the global markets.
"The prototype's beefier nose and taller hood definitely look more masculine compared to the smoother lines found on the global Colorado. However, the question remains: Is this the new look for the full range of the midsize pickup for the U.S. market, or does the prototype's new front and rear styling give us a preview of the 2014 GMC Canyon, which is expected to enter the market alongside the new Chevy Colorado?
"We've heard reported promises from GM executives, saying that the next-generation Canyon will go further than prior models to separate the GMC offering from its Chevy platform-mate. If the prototype caught here is the GMC Canyon, and the Chevy Colorado retains the styling from the globally available truck we've already seen, then it appears that GM might actually make good on its promise to make the Canyon a distinctive midsize pickup."
Our best guesses have the actual debut of the two midsize trucks at least six to eight months after the release of the full-size duo, but that could change depending on how many plant issues might crop up at the new plant in Wentzville, Mo. Then, not long after the midsize debuts, we expect the heavy-duty trucks to be the main story. This will be a very busy next 18 months for GM's truck program.