The new midsize pickups from General Motors should be getting close to their debut. We haven't been officially told where they will debut but with auto show season just around the corner, we're guessing we'll see them pretty soon in either Los Angeles, Detroit or Chicago.
GM's three-truck strategy sounds good on paper, offering truck buyers a choice between small (midsize), medium (half-tons) and large (heavy-duties), but much will be proven when we see how different each truck is in price. Prices for the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra half-tons have gone up between 4 and 8 percent, which could have been done to give the smaller trucks a little more breathing room when they appear in dealerships sometime next year.
As you can imagine, there is a lot riding on the success of this three-truck strategy, especially since no one else in the industry is using it. Still, we believe there is interest for a smaller pickup truck that offers many of the same advantages of a bigger pickup, but at a smaller price. We'll have to wait and see if the new Chevrolet Colorado or GMC Canyon will give the Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma a reason to worry with any unique powertrains or unprecedented technology. Or will their only advantage be price?