These are interesting times. Not only will the new midsize 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon go on sale later this year, but so will the new all-aluminum-bodied full-size Ford F-150; each offers a different strategy to the truck buyer looking for better fuel economy.
According to a recent press release, the 2015 Colorado will weigh up to 1,400 pounds less than a Toyota Tundra crew cab with 4x4, and it will be at least 17 inches shorter than the Chevy Silverado crew cab with a short bed. Of course, a pickup's actual weight has a lot to do with its options, trim packages and engine. We know this from weighing every one of our test vehicles for years, whether in individual testing or comparing a full segment in apples-to-apples road tests and finding that the actual weight of a given pickup can be all over the map.
It's no surprise that with all the attention Ford is getting from its extensive use of aluminum to cover its next full-size half-ton, General Motors feels like its coming pickup is being ignored by the truck world. Naturally, the automaker wants to reassure its customer base that it has a viable, lighter choice (actually, choices), as well.
"When it comes to building lighter pickups, there is more than one answer," said Jeff Luke, GM's executive chief engineer. "Building on our experience with the new Silverado, we engineered the Colorado to be highly mass-efficient, while still providing the performance, capability, dependability and features that midsize truck customers are asking for."
We've gone all the way back to our 2012 Midsize Shootout to put together some full-size and mid-size pickup truck weights, as listed from either the manufacturer's factory specification information or from our own as-tested Special Report truck tests like our recent V-6 Annual Physical. When compared to the full-size choices, there seems to be a good differentiation; however, when compared to vehicles in its own class, it looks like there might some more weight to shave.
To read the full press release on the slimmed down 2015 Chevy Colorado, click here.
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* 4x4 Crew Cab not available with V-6