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Spy Shots: Next-gen Ford Ranger and Chevy Colorado replacements spotted in the U.S. - but where will they end up


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Spy Shots: Next-gen Ford Ranger and Chevy Colorado replacements spotted in the U.S. - but where will they end up?

by Steven J. Ewing (RSS feed) on May 28th 2010 at 4:53PM

The fate of small pickup trucks in America is rather shaky. There haven't been any major new entries into the segment as of late (save the Suzuki Equator, of course, even though it's not much more than a rebadged Nissan Frontier). And though we've spied Ford Ranger prototypes testing abroad, it doesn't necessarily mean that a new model is slated for U.S. consumption. Small trucks do well in other markets, and the trucklets seem to be a dying trend here in the States.

Today, though, our spies have not only caught a new Ranger mule (above), but a small GM pickup (right) – the replacement for the aging Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon twins. Both mules look a bit larger than the models currently on the road, though still more manageable than the top-dog F-150 and Silverado.

Still, though, it's unclear what the future has in store for these new trucks. The fact that Ford and GM are testing these new mini-pickups in and around their respective headquarters in southeast Michigan leads us to believe that there may, in fact, be U.S.-spec replacements in the works. Ford has often spoke of a smaller F-100-style F-150 to replace the Ranger, and reports have shown that GM is working on a new truck to hopefully rekindle the success that the original Chevy S10 and GMC Sonoma had.

link:

http://www.autoblog.com/2010/05/28/spy-shots-next-gen-ford-ranger-and-chevy-colorado-replacements/

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If they are going to be bigger than the current models, nobody is going to be interested. This is the same problem Dodge is having with the Dakota, too close in size, money, and features to the Ram, they can't give the things away. Small trucks need to be just that, SMALL. There are nowhere near the numbers on the roads around here of the Colorado/Canyon than there were 20 years ago of the S10/Sonoma. This SMALL truck market is currently empty, with everything either grown to midsize or gone away.

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Since Hummer is gone, dare we hope for a 2 and 4 door SUV based on this new midsize platform? If the fullsize Tahoe goes away because of CAFE to leave the Suburban standing, there could be a spot in the lineup for it.

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I hope for a SUBSTANTIAL interior upgrade. I've pretty much written off the Colorado/Canyon from my small truck search list because I just can't get over the interior for the price they still command on the used market...... the later years of the S-10 aren't that bad.

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I hope for a SUBSTANTIAL interior upgrade. I've pretty much written off the Colorado/Canyon from my small truck search list because I just can't get over the interior for the price they still command on the used market...... the later years of the S-10 aren't that bad.

+1.

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I hope for a SUBSTANTIAL interior upgrade. I've pretty much written off the Colorado/Canyon from my small truck search list because I just can't get over the interior for the price they still command on the used market...... the later years of the S-10 aren't that bad.

Judging by latest GM trend that hope will be reality. Yes the 355 hold their values pretty darn good considering the vehicle you get for that price.

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"Today, though, our spies have not only caught a new Ranger mule (above), but a small GM pickup (right) – the replacement for the aging Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon twins."-Steven J. Ewing

And the Ranger is soooooo up to date :rolleyes:

Granted the GM twins have aged but the Ranger hell it has ranged 1983-2010 and has only been outlived by Crown Vic.& Mustang

1983 Ford line up

Escort, Fairmont, Tempo, LTD II, LTD Crown Victoria, Country Squire, Thunderbird, EXP, Mustang

1983 Chevy lineup

Chevette, Citation, Malibu, Celebrity, Impala, Caprice, Monte Carlo, Camaro, Corvette

That's some old Iron Guys not much more than restyled & power-train updates this is Fords W Body and they've made a mint :AH-HA:

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"Today, though, our spies have not only caught a new Ranger mule (above), but a small GM pickup (right) – the replacement for the aging Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon twins."-Steven J. Ewing

steve ewing, from the urge? hehe

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