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Holden Colorado not based on US Chevy Colorado?

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In the following news article from goauto.com.au :

http://www.goauto.com.au/mellor/mellor.nsf...A257456002356C8

They state:

Holden will relaunch the Rodeo as the Colorado in July via a cosmetically facelifted model that is now on sale in Thailand as the Chevrolet Colorado. Featuring a new front bumper and interior trim, it will swap the Chev bow-tie logo on its grille for Holden’s lion mascot.

So looks like they won't be importing the Colorado from Brazil and the pictures of the Thai Colarado don't look like US model. I wonder if the Thai and US Colarados are close relatives?

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Even in other countries they get better looking small trucks. WTF?

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Even in 3rd world countries they get better looking small trucks. WTF?

FIXED.

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So looks like they won't be importing the Colorado from Brazil and the pictures of the Thai Colarado don't look like US model. I wonder if the Thai and US Colarados are close relatives?

The NA Colorado and the Thai Colorado are essentially the same truck. Basically, think of the Thai Colorado as a NA Colorado with a MCE.

More photos:

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If you will look here, it also has an updated interior:

http://www.chevroletthailand.com/corporate...do/interior.htm

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Wheelbases vary, even between Thai and export versions. GVW and payload varies (Thai trucks are typically 1-tonners). Powertrain is also different, an old Family II 2.4 L, a low-power HFV6 and Isuzu diesels. Otherwise it is the same truck, with a recent MCE. The Brazilian Colorado doesn't arrive for a few years yet, and GM will probably build it in Thailand for Asian, European and Pacific markets. The Colorado is assembled in other Latin American plants (sometimes as the Chevy LUV), but Brazil still builds the S10 with a Brazilian diesel from Navistar and a Flexfuel version of the 2.4 L engine used in the Thai-built trucks.

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Still has a 90s throwback vibe.

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So looks like they won't be importing the Colorado from Brazil and the pictures of the Thai Colarado don't look like US model. I wonder if the Thai and US Colarados are close relatives?

They are related and stem from the same platform, although the Thai model Colorado (essentially an Isuzu D-Max with a different nose) has been around for two years longer and sits on a five-inch shorter wheelbase than the equivalent US Colorado in both standard and extended cab variants. It is also about half an inch narrower than the US Colorado, and despite looking the same, uses a different bodyshell, most evident in two-door models in side profile. It also uses a variety of different engine units (notably Isuzu diesels) and suspension. In 2008 the Thai Colorado was given a more conservative looking nose and other updates.

Pre-2008 Thai Colorado:

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2008 Thai LUV European spec (Isuzu D-Max and Holden Rodeo rebadge):

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2008 Thai Colorado:

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So looks like they won't be importing the Colorado from Brazil and the pictures of the Thai Colorado don't look like US model. I wonder if the Thai and US Colarados are close relatives?

They are related and stem from the same platform, although the Thai model Colorado (essentially an Isuzu D-Max with a different nose) has been around for two years longer and sits on a five-inch shorter wheelbase than the equivalent US Colorado in both standard and extended cab variants. It is also about half an inch narrower than the US Colorado, and despite looking the same, uses a different bodyshell, most evident in two-door models in side profile. It also uses a variety of different engine units (notably Isuzu diesels) and suspension. In 2008 the Thai Colorado was given a more conservative looking nose and other updates.

Width depends on wheel-arch extensions used on 4x4 versions etc.—the basic body width and track etc. are exactly the same. Thai-built models come in different wheelbases dependent on market. Since the wheelbase varies between Thai, US, and various export markets, the body panels will also vary slightly, but the basic design was exactly the same. BTW Where on earh is there a "Euro-spec" Chevy Colorado? The European market seems to be exclusively Isuzu Rodeos so far. There are numerous Chinese copies based on ancient Isuzu, Mazda and Toyota chassis and bodies.

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Width depends on wheel-arch extensions used on 4x4 versions etc.—the basic body width and track etc. are exactly the same. Thai-built models come in different wheelbases dependent on market. Since the wheelbase varies between Thai, US, and various export markets, the body panels will also vary slightly, but the basic design was exactly the same. BTW Where on earh is there a "Euro-spec" Chevy Colorado? The European market seems to be exclusively Isuzu Rodeos so far. There are numerous Chinese copies based on ancient Isuzu, Mazda and Toyota chassis and bodies.

The European market is not exclusively Isuzu Rodeos. In the UK we get the Isuzu D-Max as well as the Chevrolet Colorado and LUV models as I have pictured. The LUV has been sold in the UK since 2001.

The Thai built model does use a different bodyshell to the North American built model. It's also been in production for almost three years longer than the North American model. Wikipedia describes the two as "almost unrelated" but that's quite a stretch.

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The European market is not exclusively Isuzu Rodeos. In the UK we get the Isuzu D-Max as well as the Chevrolet Colorado and LUV models as I have pictured. The LUV has been sold in the UK since 2001.

The Thai built model does use a different bodyshell to the North American built model. It's also been in production for almost three years longer than the North American model. Wikipedia describes the two as "almost unrelated" but that's quite a stretch.

In addition, when I referred to width I was comparing the same basic shell. The Thai version is not as wide.

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