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January 17, 2012
Mark Reuss, GM’s North America President recently dealt some dirt on the next generation Chevrolet Colorado, due out in the U.S. sometime in either 2012 or 2013.
Reuss revealed the Colorado’s main target is the Toyota Tacoma.
“Tacoma is the volume leader. We know that there’s a buyer for a really good Chevrolet lifestyle sport truck that’s quite different than the Tacoma,” Reuss told Car & Driver.
How much different are we talking? Reuss and his colleagues didn’t say. Most likely Reuss brought up the Tacoma in reference to the Colorado being extremely capable in addition to it competing in the mid-size truck segment. Although mid-size is a bit of a misnomer; Reuss said the new Colorado will be something like 90 to 95% of the size of the Silverado full-size truck.
And of course since we are talking about Chevrolet Colorado, the question was brought up if GMC would get a version. Reuss said it’s possible that GMC could get a version of it. If it does happen, the GMC version would be significantly differentiated from the Chevrolet. GM isn’t saying anything about it at the moment.
Reuss also talked about how the Colorado will have better fuel efficiency and a “powertrain change” versus the Silverado. Most likely, this means the Colorado will pack a four or six-cylinder engine, but a diesel engine could be in the cards with a diesel Cruze being introduced next year.
Source: Car & Driver