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

@Frank,

Stop the insults. Please contribute something useful to this website for once.

@oxi - I don't need to "test".
I KNOW that the offroad machines I own work!

Your just playing with your toy.

I'd be worried that I'd tear off one of those low hanging shock mounts.
You know......... the ones you always complain about on other trucks.


oxi's record is stronger than Lou's.

oxi has been racing for 20 years. He hasn't...
oxi has been a race instructor. He hasn't...
oxi is out there testing in the hard stuff. He hasn't...
oxi has raced down in Baja. Lou hasn't once shown that kind of accomplishment...
oxi for 20 years has been buying stripped versions and building them up himself. Lou hasn't done anything like that...

I don't know of a single thing Lou has done except talk!

@ jake - I don't know if I should bother answering Oxi's groupie.
What the hell - I have a few minutes to waste.
1. I worked as a paramedic for 23 years. Try running 3/4 ton and one ton vans through traffic and bad weather conditions. I bet that is more dangerous than racing.
2. I worked as a paramedic instructor and driving instructor. See comment #1.
3. I've raced dirt bikes in cross country events, as well as drag raced motorcycles. I was one of the guys that ran the local MX track for 18 years.
4. I spent many years offroading. I found it was cheeper and more fun to use dirt bikes and quads.
5. I've never raced Baja that one is true, but there was a time in my life where I spent most of my time off of paved roads. That would be a minimum of 5000 miles a year spent offroad.
How long is a Baja race?
6. I've been wrenching on bikes for 35 years. I'm restoring a '68 Ford Galaxie 500.

I've told Oxi this and I'll tell you the same thing (not that it will make a bit of difference since you are a thick in the head troll) -
There are many guys on this site with offroad experience, there are many guys on this site that have spent a large amount of time offroad. Oxi isn't the only guy with offroad experience.
you and Oxi have the rest of us beat on one thing - you both are arrogant egocentric dipshits that think your way is the best way!
@Jake - even worse, I think you are just a trolling idiot, who is no different than the Fake Bobs, and fake posters that exist on this site. Even Bob rates higher in the pecking order than you do.
@Jake - what do you do? where is your experience? other than having your head up Oxi's ass.
The difference between a "brown noser" and a "shithead" is depth perception. You definately are the latter.

@Vulpine- That reminds me of a song. Ever watch The Simpsons? "Canyonero,ohh, Canyonero! Can you name the truck with 4 wheel drive, smells like a steak and seats 35! Canyonero,ohh, Canyonero! Goes real slow with the hammer down, its the country fried truck endorsed by a clown! 12 yards long and 2 lanes wide, shes 65 tons of American pride! She blinds everybody with her super high beams, she a squirrel squashing-deer smackin driving machine!" Thats how we like them, stop being a pud.

Also- Lou: 10 Oxi and his groupies: 0

@Vulpine- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4QgWRycd7I as sung by Hank Williams Jr

"...has been a race instructor."

I'm not impressed. Some of the biggest morons I have met have been teachers. Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach.

oxi's last Baja run was almost 20 years ago. Things have changed. Trucks have changed. What has he done lately? Anyone can get a truck and enter a race. It doesn't mean you are better than anyone else or up-to-date if you go by what was happening in the mid 90's.


@Dave

The only reason people can "do", is because they had a teacher to "teach".

@lou,

Nice comeback. Not...

Bikes? They aren't trucks...

Last time I checked a Ford Galaxie is not a truck either...

Not on paved roads but on gravel and dirt trails, is not the same as off-roading or going down in the Baja. Those of us that actually off-road know and understand this because we have been out there and would know unlike some of the children on this forum!

So you've got some experience as a paramedic and bicycles. Good for you but that's not what we are talking about!

Just buy your big and heavy full-sizes and stay on road please, I hate to have to recue your heavy rides off-road...

SMP,
Notice I said some, not all teachers. Who taught the first teacher? You can be self-taught. There are many more bad teachers than good ones. Most are only teachers because they were not naturally talented, skilled or knowledgeable enough to make a living at their chosen subject.

Or they just want an easy course of study and summers off.

That would be a minimum of 5000 miles a year spent offroad.
How long is a Baja race?

Very good question.

When oxi was racing down in Baja last decade the Ford Rough Rider teams and oxi recall an interview with Dave Ashley who commented on that a typical Baja 500 or Baja 1,000 would equate to 200-300,000 miles of street testing in 1 race!

That would be 200-300,000 miles per race X's x amount of races oxi did a year. oxi has millions of miles spent testing under his belt.

Lou has what 5000 miles a year? Even multiplied by 18 years that's only 90k.

Baja and REAL off-roading is the ultimate testing and proving ground, not gravel roads or a simple dirt road or with bicycles!

And the point oxi was making about the shock mounts that so many of you missed is that the rear shock mounts on a Tacoma are very tight to the wheels in the back. They also run the leafs ABOVE the axle...

12 inches of ground clearance...

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

Lou-

Bravo! You go with your bad self.

Lou always tries to sound like a big shot, but with every post he exposes himself. If I want info on paramedics and tricylces maybe I'll go to Lou. But if I want info on trucks and off-roading I'll go to oxi.

Looks like Oxi's fan club has doubled in size.
Wow - 100% increase.
@Greg
Must be tight with Jake's head already in there or do you take turns?

I'm not wasting my time any more with Oxi's little harem.
@Jake & Greg
Do you have Oxi tattooed on your ass?
or just "XI"?
Anatomy provides the "O".

@Lou,

That was pathetic. I don't know why you are arguing on this topic when you continue to use insults as your main weapon. If you don't have the experience off-road and can't use facts and reason get out of the debate!

The point oxi was making about the shock mounts that so many of you missed is that the rear shock mounts on a Tacoma are very tight to the wheels in the back. They also run the leafs ABOVE the axle...

Look at the F-150 Raptor. High strength steel mounts from the F-350, mounted outside the frame close to the wheel and have stone shields. That's how to really protect the shock mounts right.

http://www.4wheeloffroad.com/featuredvehicles/131_0904_2010_ford_f150_raptor_svt/photo_11.html

Oxi's comments about shock mounts have always been that they are a problem if they hang below the axle line. The pics of his Taco clearly show that they hang below the axle line. Ford F150 trucks have outboard shocks that are also mounted close to the wheel. So does the Raptor.

In typical Oxi fashion, when challenged on a comment, he changes his story line to justify or rationalize his own unique view of reality. Now his story is mounting location not low hanging mounts.
The only trucks I've ever seen break upper and lower shock mounts were mid '80s Chevy 1/2 ton 4x2 fleet trucks that were beat to death on gravel roads and job sites.
I've seen some pretty beatup 3/4 and 1 ton trucks, every square inch of the undercarriage looked dented and shot peened, I've seen blown shocks and broken springs but rarely ever seen a broken lower mount. Those broke because of bottoming out too many times not because of hitting a rock.

@ Jake You are too much to take. Its bad enough we have to listen to oxi preach to us like he is the messiah of off roading. But to have you do it on his behalf is too much. I have to know why you two feel so strongly about off roading in Tacomas. I read through link you posted for Tacoma Territory. Oxi talks down to the guys on that forum just like you guys do to us on this site. Why go off road if you take it so seriously? Its supposed to be fun. You go out, play in the mud, rocks, or sand. Get stuck, get pulled out, pull others out that get stuck. You know what fun is, don't you? Do you want to know why you don't get any respect from anyone, even though you have all that knowlege and experience? Because you are ASSES. Its that simple. I've had many teachers over the years, grade school, colledge, all the various jobs I've had. And I thank them for the knowledge that gave me, but had any of them talked to me as you and oxi do on a regular basis, I would have knocked his or her head off. Your arrogance and disrespect for anyone with a different opinion is sickening. This quote explains why :"Baja and REAL off-roading is the ultimate testing and proving ground, not gravel roads or a simple dirt road or with bicycles!" You want to talk about real off roading? Must be easy to do from the dry climate controled cab of your comfortable truck. You types wouldn't last 5 miles on an atv. You know that and that why your hostile. My last off road trip consisted off about 75kms of various terrains. Lots of deep river crossings with the wind blowing and moderate rain in temps of 10 degrees celcius. Lots of mud, lots of high speed running with a final climb up to 7500 feet above sea level to a forest fire look out station. This was done on a side by side. We had one guy with us that went off road in his Jeep all the time. He missed a couple days of work because the ride was so hard. You called Lou pathetic. I'd say it takes one to know one. You can repsond if you want I don't care. I don't put any stock in what you two have to say anyways.


another none quality american cars/suv

I put forth the following theory:

Most people in the domestic market who buy sport utility vehicles do not know or care if it is "body on frame."

Bring back the Blazer name!

Jordan L-

Excellent post!

"I put forth the following theory:

Most people in the domestic market who buy sport utility vehicles do not know or care if it is "body on frame."" -2011 Tacoma 4X4

My 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee 5.9 Limited has a unit-body. It shows signs of body flex (rear lift-gate does not line up when parked with one corner of the vehicle higher than the others) from my years of "off-roading" it. I would much rather have a body on frame. With the Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee being the only sport-utility vehicles at the time with solid-front axle 4X4s, to satisfy my needs for a durable 4X4 system, that put my third choice Ford Explorer (body on frame) out of my choices.

@ Buy American Or Say Bye To America! Thanks. There is a large variety of vehicles that can go off road. Jake and Oxi really p##s me off. They are up to their usuall games of not respondeing when they know their wrong. What kind of off road guy worries about scratching the sides of his vehicle when on the trail (can't off road in a full size, might get scratched)? I assume your Jeeps and PW have thier war wounds. I know the first time I took my side by side out it came back scratched to hell.



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