GM Announces Small SUV Off New Colorado Platform

Colorado SUV rear

In what could be the shortest press release in GM history, the automaker announced that the new Chevy Colorado, which recently debuted in Thialand, will spawn an global SUV called the TrailBlazer (again). There was no official word about whether the U.S. will get the small SUV —and it is being called an SUV, not a crossover — but it would make sense. 

With the huge investment in the Wentzville, Mo., plant to accommodate the coming Colorado — and we also assume the GMC Canyon — it is highly unlikely GM wouldn't try to defray some of the investment costs by including the production of a similarly engineered vehicle. With so much questioning about whether a market exists for a small pickup in the saturated full-size U.S. market, hedging bets by including another type of vehicle off the same production line makes good cost-effective sense.

These shots were given to us some time ago, and they show a pretty good idea about the size and strategy of the vehicles. Figure the new SUV to slot between the Chevrolet Equinox (GMC Terrain) and Traverse (GMC Acadia). 

Colorado SUV & pickup

Clearly, the new Colorado platform can be easily modified to accomodate a smaller wheelbase, so it stands to reason it might be just as easy to offer a longer wheelbase, possibly with a heavy-duty payload package and a longer bed — maybe even offering something like the Colorado Rally concept vehicle we saw earlier this year. We can only hope.

There are no specification details yet, but from these shots, it looks like the SUV will have a live rear axle, trailing arms and most likely coil springs. No word about why the pickup truck needed the tow-strap help. Nor do we have any details on powertrain choices, but we'll likely hear about the new Chevy Silverado powertrains before we hear about U.S. powertrains for the new Colorado and its SUV sibling. 

Comments

GM needs to bring the TrailBlazer ss back!!

It makes sense to me. Glad it's not a crossover!

Another option for a smaller displacement modern diesel engine. More sale quantities drives production costs down.

The new Colorado already needs a tow? I hope that they give away an auto club membership to every new Colorado buyer.

If it's not as small as a Saturn Vue, then it's NOT a "small SUV". I'm sorry, the Colorado is still too big. Bring something along more the size of the S-10, our wallets would be happier.

Wish they'd make a two door and bring the Blazer name back.

The Blazer name should be reserved, to it's original heritage, for a full-size vehicle. Chevrolet should not have watered down the Blazer name by using it on the S-10/T-10 "Blazer". They should have called it something like; Breadcrumb Trail-Dropper?

The SUV looks like it has some decent ground clearance. It is nice to see that the BOF SUV market hasn't completely gone to the cars er birds.

Companies are finally realizing that Customers still want Body on Frame SUV's.

How much is the actual groud clearance?

Take a look at oxi's Deaver 9-pack installed with OME 886's...

12 inches of ground clearance under the lowest point on the front skid plates underneath!

That's how a REAL mid-size off-road truck does it...

http://www.tacomaterritory.com/forum/showthread.php?p=2220085

PS oxi will also be installing a custom roof rack above the cab...

oxi will also be doing some welding in the near future...bar across the rear and top of axle to prevent axle flex under heavy torque!

see link above...

@jake

the only welding oxi will be doing is welding his rusty taco back together when it falls apart when he puts a ton in the back and sinks out of site trying to get out of mud with a gutless toy our us motor

Could this lead to the death of the tahoe?

so in other words another Equinox? lol

The new Colorado already needs a tow? I hope that they give away an auto club membership to every new Colorado buyer.

Posted by: Buy American Or Say Bye To America! | Oct 14, 2011 10:52:38 AM

You should change your name to Buy A Ford Or Say Bye To Ford!!

Nice to see some real SUVs making a return. I was getting tired of all these poser CUVs getting constantly updated, while the real SUVs go stagnate with no real updates.

Hopefully they'll bring it here, along with a small diesel.

so in other words another Equinox? lol

Posted by: AvgJoe | Oct 14, 2011 12:42:49 PM


The Equinox is a front wheel drive crossover SUV, just like the Ford Escape is. I'm sure GM wants a larger mid size SUV to compete with the Explorer.

My local dealer said the are not going to make the old trailblazer any more. Sales of it almost stopped with the advent of the Traverse and Equinox. Hopefully GM will make a Canyon but not take the design of the front ugly Trerrain

Is it me or does everyone want whats not available. Let step back and look at all the great trucks that are available. If I hear the word diesel one more time I am going to scream. The people that want the diesel are the folks that havent bought a new truck in ten years. Who wants to pay 4.00 for diesel and you can pay 3.25 for gas and have the same power. There are a lot of great options right now. Enjoy them before we are all riding around in a prius due to the government.

Only the delusional believe good pickup options are available today. The so called big three only recently have started to listen albeit yet to follow through.

@ Don

I haven't bought a new personal truck in 10 years (actually 16 years) because they won't make the diesel truck I want. When they actually make it, I'll be happy to buy it. Regardless of fuel prices.

-Paul...who has been waiting for a replacement for his 6.5L diesel Suburban since the introduction of the Duramax in ~2000.

This SUV will only be sold in the overseas market due to their diesel engine offerings. It would be too heavy in the US, due to body-on-frame engineering, to have a fuel efficient gasoline engine for the amount of weight of the vehicle.

From the looks of it its gonna be loved my 4wheelers :] love me a small suv for wheeling especially a real one based off of a truck

@Paul810:

Don't hold your breath...Big SUVs have been going the way of the Dodo of late. They're gonna have to bury you in that thing!

Why not build your own? Throw a Cummins 6BT in a not-too old Suburban and you're in business!

@ Don

I agree 100%. The grass is always greener on the other side.

Now it makes sense why the new truck looks like an SUV with a bed added.

The new Colorado is gonna be better than the F150 Egoboost, and now the new Trailblazer will dominate the new Ford Explorer! Everyone wants a body on frame SUV! The sales numbers tell it all! Does the new Explorer even sell 1 vehicle? Sale number tell everything, so watch as the new Colorado and Trailblazer become the #1 best selling in America leaving the Ford cheerleaders crying over their defeated F150 and Exploder!
GM wins yet again! Ford should just give up!

Isuzu and Ford are working on something similar as well.
Isuzu Dmax based SUV
http://www.caradvice.com.au/115337/isuzu-ute-australia-planning-new-d-max-based-suv/

From the above article, it looks like the Isuzu, Mitsubishi, Nissan and Ford Ranger based SUV's will be larger.

http://www.caradvice.com.au/115337/isuzu-ute-australia-planning-new-d-max-based-suv/
" The new Isuzu would compete against other established ute-based SUVs like the Mitsubishi Challenger (Triton) and the Nissan Pathfinder (Navara), as well as upcoming SUVs based on the all-new Holden Colorado and the Australian-developed Ford Ranger"

Nice trailing arms...

NOT!

That ain't no 4-Runner!!!

Folks the new Explorere is now a CUV not an SUV. It is a uni-body with FWD as a base, same as the Durango. The only truely large SUV's anymore are the GM Tahoe/Suburban (and twins/trpilets with GMC and Caddy) the Ford Expedition, Nissan Armada (I beleive it is going away though) and Toyota Sequoia (also going away, I am not counting the Land Cruiser and Mercedes/BMW/Audi products since they are luxo vehicles that don't compete)

"...You should change your name to Buy A Ford Or Say Bye To Ford!!" -Bob's Houskeeper

Yeah I know. Sorry, I could not resist. As Much as I would like to see Ford dominate all sales, I know that it will never happen. I will settle for a few classes.

I would much rather see Ford lose a sale to General Motors, or Chrysler, than to a 100%-foreign company. Keep it (mostly) American!

@mhowarth

"It is a uni-body with FWD as a base, same as the Durango."

Um, the Durango is RWD based.

It would be good for them to make it a longer wheelbase like a baby Suburban. Give the ability to tow, and they'll have a winner. Give us a short wheelbase two-door Blazer too!

Good move GM! It will be the only small suv offered by anyone. The new Explorer is on the same platform as the Taurus so it is not even a suv anymore. Just another station wagon that looks like a suv. Ford is just falling more behind everyday with all the GM announcements being made. I love it!

Canada has a new for 2012 Chevy Orlando that is around Rav4/CRV sized, maybe this is along those lines

Good idea on gm's part to make an suv out of the truck.

I also thought the Durango was rwd and awd.

Yes, yes the Durango is RWD but it is still a uni-body constructed vehicle call it a performance CUV since it is RWD


How much is the actual groud clearance?
Take a look at oxi's Deaver 9-pack installed with OME 886's...
12 inches of ground clearance under the lowest point on the front skid plates underneath!
That's how a REAL mid-size off-road truck does it...
http://www.tacomaterritory.com/forum/showthread.php?p=2220085
PS oxi will also be installing a custom roof rack above the cab...
Posted by: jake | Oct 14, 2011 11:50:51 AM

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Ok, oxi/jake, Lou brought this up in the other thread.

See this pic:
http://img695.imageshack.us/img695/3241/shockym.jpg

Notice how the shock mount hangs below the axle in a dangerous position.

Not much of an off-roader, is it? Just keep it on the pavement, oxi! ;)

@mhowarth The Explorer is similar to the Ford Territory(basically the same weight and a CUV) but the Territory can go off road more than the Explorer and here is powered by the old Land Rover 2.7 diesel ,gives it 6000lb towing. The Explorer is based on a Volvo SUV, the Territory the Falcon sedan.
Large SUV's like the Suburban/Expedition have not been a raging success outside NA as they are very limited off road.

@mhowarth

The Durango is actually Uniframe. It's a unibody chassis with integrated frame sections for increased stiffness and durability, which is why it's actually stiffer than the Mercedes vehicles built on the same chassis. It shares this design with the Grand Cherokee, which has used a uniframe setup since inception.

Besides the uniframe design and longitudinally mounted engine, the Durango also offers a low range transfer-case. Unfortunately, it's only offered with the 5.7L V8.

When it comes down to it, it's more SUV than CUV. CUVs, like the new Explorer, have transversely mounted engines and transmissions, and lack low range gearing.

big, Big, BIG! All most of you people want is BIG! Why? Why do you believe you need something that weighs 3 tons, sits 18 feet long or longer and tows 20,000 pounds? Good grief, y'all, are you just wannabe semi-truck drivers? I'll wager that not one in ten of y'all has a real, verifiable, absolute NEED for something so grossly huge! YOU are why our gas prices are so high. YOU are why I can't buy a truck of the size I want. YOU are why the cost of nearly every truck on the road costs more than the majority of the cars you overwhelm. How many of you realistically paid less than $30 K for your trucks? What did you sacrifice to do so, if you did?

I want a truck that can be used for work and fun that doesn't take four highway lanes to turn around. I want a truck that can get by carrying 500-1000 pounds of cargo without arguing that it has--yes, I said HAS--to tow four times its own weight on a trailer. I want a truck that can fit comfortably inside a standard 2-car garage beside my Jeep Wrangler. I want a truck whose starting price is 16,000 yet tops out at a comfortable $25,000 with 4WD and semi-luxury appointments. I want a truck that is comfortable yet doesn't put on airs.

Mahindra? I'd love to see it finally arrive in the US, but it seems almost everybody is going out of their way to ensure it never gets here. Why? Are you afraid it may sell more than your giant gas-hog monsters? Are you afraid of a rig descended from the original Willys Jeep platform which can carry a full ton in the bed yet is still smaller than a 2-door Colorado? Granted, I think the thing is ugly as sin. But dog-gone the thing is both sized and potentially priced right for my needs.

Oh, and that Mahindra already comes with a 4WD SUV model.

@Vulpine - I don't have a problem with using my truck for carrying N2, O2, Ar, CO2, sprinkled with Dihydrogen oxide sloshing around in that big cavernous 6.5 foot box.
Just doing my bit to keep the Canadian economy going by consuming hydrocarbons at a ferocious rate. Some one has to pay for those tar sands.

I need a full-size 4-door (have a wife and two kids) pickup that can; haul around 2,000 pounds of fire wood a few times a year, tow a 5,000 pound travel trailer (right now) and around a 7,000 pound travel trailer (in a couple of years).
I want a 4X4 pickup that has unmatched off-road capability.

For me, the big bad, fuel thirsty, Dodge Ram 2500 Power Wagon with the legendary 345 c.i., 5.7L HEMI Magnum V-8, is the only pickup that meets these criteria. No way is a mid-size pickup going to meet my needs. Hooray to full-size pickups!

@Dave,

As oxi told Lou on the other thread...

@Lou,

Uhhh, my leaf springs are above the axle, always have been!

Toyota is not stupid like other manufacturer's to mount them below the axle on 4x4's...

@jake - you are unique on PUTC. A rabid fanboi of a rabid fanboi.


@Lou,

How old are you?

You act like a child on this forum!

oxi has spent 20 years off-roading and you could learn a thing or two from him, but you just want to call people names because you don't know what you're talking about...

As oxi told Lou on the other thread...

@Lou,

Uhhh, my leaf springs are above the axle, always have been!

Toyota is not stupid like other manufacturer's to mount them below the axle on 4x4's...

@jake,

Stop! Please, for the sake of this website!



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