Not only did the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado call out its main competition — the 2014 Toyota Tacoma — during its debut at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, but many of its design cues are ripe for comparison as well. Both trucks look to be about the same height and length (at least in the four-door, short-bed versions), but there are some design distinctions. And from what we've seen from crawling underneath both, there's likely to be a pretty good weight difference as well.
We don't have a lot of details about specifications for the Colorado's different wheelbase and cab configurations, and we know Toyota is planning on a big redesign of the Tacoma in the near future, but we'd guess these two trucks will be battling for years to come. And from the way the Toyota and Nissan design and engineering teams were poring over the new GM midsize, there are likely to be some revisions and updates on both the Tacoma and Frontier in the near future.
Although we have no word how different or similar the new GMC Canyon will be to the Colorado, we're hearing many of the separation strategies that were in play for the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra half-tons will work in similar ways with the smaller pickups. Does that mean a Denali Canyon or All Terrain package? We don't know, but if GM gets the right feedback, there's no reason there can't be a premium-priced midsize pickup.