This Isn't Chevrolet's New Small Truck but it Could Have Been

This Isn't Chevrolet's New Small Truck but it Could Have Been
Photos by EMC

The all-new second-generation Chevrolet Colorado midsize pickup will be revealed later this month in Thailand. But once upon a time, were it not for a fateful product planning decision somewhere inside General Motors, the original 1982-93 Chevrolet S-10 compact could have been replaced with a production version of the Chevrolet Sedona prototype seen here instead of the redesigned 1994-2004 Chevy S-10.

The Sedona -- whose name was eventually abandoned by GM and picked up by Kia for a minivan -- had some interesting styling and functional details that were influenced by GM concept vehicles and previewed the design direction of future trucks.


The exterior shared styling cues with the 1994-2004 Chevy S-10 around the rounded shapes of the hood and cabin. The flanks and tail lights previewed the design DNA of the (then) future 1999-2006 GMT 800 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 half-ton. It’s also interesting to see the heavy use of lower-body plastic cladding that would become a hallmark on other trucks like the2002 Chevy Avalanche. The Sedona name is prominently embossed in the middle of the front bumper. The cargo box’s interior featured an integrated composite liner instead of metal. A similar bed would later be offered and then abandoned in GM’s full-size pickups.

Two ideas that never made it to production in any of GM’s U.S.-built trucks were small side steps positioned just ahead of the rear wheels to aid access to the cargo box and a unique forward-opening hood.


Inside, the Sedona’s styling was strongly influenced by the futuristic 1988 GMC Centaur pickup. Many of its design cues were still used in the second-generation Chevy S-10 and GMC Sonoma, though with fewer buttons. The instrument panel used a digital display similar to the 1984-96 Chevrolet Corvette C4 instead of the S-10’s analog gauges.

With so many buttons on the dash, the Sedona’s drivetrain switchgear and other controls were positioned in a roof-mounted console. From here, the driver could electronically shift the Sedona into two- or four-wheel drive, plus see fuel-economy, driving-range, coolant and oil temperature readouts. We should be happy all of these buttons were eventually streamlined into trip computers in the instrument cluster. We imagine the advanced electronics and gauges must have been expensive, not to mention difficult to keep track of, which is probably why a similar switchgear wasn’t offered in the second-gen S-10.


Under the Sedona’s hood was a 4.3-liter V-6 with multi-port fuel injection similar to the six-cylinder engine that powered Chevy S-10 pickups from 1988 onward.

The Sedona prototype was tested in early 1988 before GM changed its mind and went down a different path. The pictures were taken while the truck languished in a parking lot in the late 1990s. Within a few years, the truck was scrapped and a small piece of GM’s truck history disappeared forever.



Good god! Thankfully the designers and product planners over at General Motors came to their senses! Sheesh!

Here it comes - Ford copied this concept for their box side steps.

I can see where the first gen Avalanche got its body panels.

And Ram(Dodge) Copied the tailgate spoiler...LOL j/k but you know someone will be butt hurt about it.

Oy vey!

If your a grown ass man and you somehow came to the conclusion that buying a chevy truck was a good idea, you need to seriously reevaluate your life choices lol

I lhave seen bettier looking contraptions on "Junkyard Wars". THIS is an example of why GM went belly up.

No way ford copied this. The influence of the side steps comes from the originally built Stepside/Flareside pickup truck beds. Ford added the side steps on the F150 right before they canceled the stepside configuration originally offered (and normally was before the styleside was put into practice).

The front hinged hood is a terrible idea and thankfully never made it.

@EagleXYZ - I was kidding. Just warming up for April 1.

I'm sure Bob would love this truck.

@Bob: please stop posting the same comment stream in multiple threads.

Looks like something that came from Back To The Future 2

Wish all trucks would have the hood lift this way!!!!!

Makes servicing easier and eleminate fender scratches and help with repair time!

When looking in engine bays like Fords F 250 and Chevy Diesel, I dont see how they can repair it because its so cramped!

I loved the forward tilt hood on my saturn sky. That engine was soo accessible because of that. It'd be awesome to have more truck engineered that way, where the hood and fenders are one solid assembly. I can imagine just how much easier it'd be to work on the front suspension, engine, and other bits with all that up and out of the way. Imagine sitting on your front tire while you wrench on your coil packs to change your plugs (or add bigger injectors if you're a diesel head).

I too really like the tilt front hood - makes it SO much easier to work under there. Although, I suppose if you got popped in one of the front fenders, you'd be looking at replacing the whole big piece. Still a nice idea.

A little bit of component refurbishing in the motor and it will be performing like brand new. We can also over-haul the engine.

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