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The Dream can't be dead if it's still in my head - Chevy Considers Return Of The El Camino

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One year after GM killed the latest reincarnation of the El Camino — the Pontiac G8 ST — we've learned that the "Ute" still may live. And if it does, it'll be a Chevy.

When writing up our story on rumors out of Australia that Chevy would potentially get a rear wheel drive Zeta-platformed sedan, we hinted at our desire to have them also bring over a version of the loved-by-many Holden Commodore Ute — or even the Chevrolet Lumina SS Ute (pictured above) from South Africa. It looks like GM might have been listening.

We've now learned from three sources that the General's product planners are noodling the idea of bringing the "Ute" to the United States. The vehicle would absolutely be a Chevy and would more than likely carry the "El Camino" name.

We're also hearing it will only happen as part of a larger strategy of ensuring sales are high enough across multiple vehicles and brands to ensure success of GM's next-generation RWD platform. Whether this platform will be the much-anticipated Alpha platform expected to underpin the next-generation Camaro, CTS and ATS, or a new version of the Zeta platform remains to be seen.

A source outside of GM but with strong knowledge of GM's future product plans told us they'd expect to see the "Ute" return — if it's fully greenlit — as a 2015 model year vehicle, released in the 2014 calendar year.

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It would be nice if Camino could have his vehicle before he's like 75 though.

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It would be nice if Camino could have his vehicle before he's like 75 though.

Insanely slow to do something they've already done all of the groundwork for, but I'm not going to complain too much if it happens.

Besides, as ugly as things are for me right now it may be 2015 before I am ready anyway.

My greatest concern is that this will be some downsized, V6-only, automatic-only, shadow of what they now build.

Thanks for the update, PCS.

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You know, I think there's huge market potential for an El Camino if the Coloado/Canyon twins don't get redesigned/replaced. Businesses that use them now probably wouldn't want or need fullsize trucks. A properly priced El Camino V6 would make an ideal delivery/light duty commercial vehicle.

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I want to see a new El Camino. Will it have a midgate? That would be awesome if it did; no need for a small truck lineup if the weekend warriors can extend the bed into the cab for big pieces of plywood from Home Depot.

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As long as they dont offer it with the V8 only they way Pontiac was going to they could replace the out dated small trucks with a 3.0L V6 base stripper version. This could be GREAT!! Have a base 3.0L WT opt 3.6L LT & LTZ then a 350HP version of the 5.3L V8 as a non SS,LTZ model then offer the most powerful NA 6.2L as the SS. Do 2dr and 4dr versions with the above mentioned mid gate on the 4dr models! The return of the El Camino baby!!! :booyah:

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I just don't feel safe getting my hopes up again - at least not yet.

I would not get too excited yet. With the world economy and the claim of 2014 into a lot can happen.

Dude I hope you wish comes true. This car is long over due.

With the limited nature of the Zeta sedan imports I suspect they Colorado will still be replaced with another small truck. This just suppliments the market with a different option. If they had not killed the Camino in the first place I would have never bought a S-10 if I had the option.

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Of course it would make a lovely addition to the lineup, but it would not make an effective GMT355 replacement.

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I'm going to be bold and call it- I think it will happen. They have to keep a trucklet, since the I trucks will be gone. This would be a good way to get around that....

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With this news and the (right)Thinking that they need #'s to get the RWD program to the dealers we may see the whole Holden line in the States(wagon :AH-HA: ) makes sense as we've been saying for soooooo long as in the Chevelle program :booyah:

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Insanely slow to do something they've already done all of the groundwork for, but I'm not going to complain too much if it happens.

Besides, as ugly as things are for me right now it may be 2015 before I am ready anyway.

My greatest concern is that this will be some downsized, V6-only, automatic-only, shadow of what they now build.

Thanks for the update, PCS.

If it's decided to go on Alpha, then 2015, however I would prefer to see it go on an updated Zeta platform first and then migrate to the Alpha platform later. If it goes updated Zeta I would say 2013. As you know Camino, I usually get my way. BTW, who is this PCS you keep referring to? :smilewide:

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might not make a bad car / el camino / medium duty commercial van platform

I just see little mind set buy most companies to buy one of these for comercial use.

It will not be all that cheap and I suspect it will come with most of the options. Since it more than not would be imported in limited numbers it would not be found at the same pricve as a base pick up truck. Even today you can get a Silverodo LT cheap.

This car will be for the Camino's that want a car with good performance, ride and styling but still able to haul a small load.

Now if it were to be built here on a shared line in the Alpha platform with a wide range of options and engines it would be sold in a comercial edition. That is if they could price it right.

Remember GM's new deal is to make money on ever car.

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With this news and the (right)Thinking that they need #'s to get the RWD program to the dealers we may see the whole Holden line in the States(wagon :AH-HA: ) makes sense as we've been saying for soooooo long as in the Chevelle program :booyah:

To do that right, more production capacity would be needed (Oshawa?). That is something that should have been done many years ago.

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If it's decided to go on Alpha, then 2015, however I would prefer to see it go on an updated Zeta platform first and then migrate to the Alpha platform later. If it goes updated Zeta I would say 2013. As you know Camino, I usually get my way. BTW, who is this PCS you keep referring to? :smilewide:

My preference would be to see it happen on Zeta as well, that platform is still too good to waste. A migration to Alpha later I'm not so thrilled by, because I find Zeta to be perfectly sized.

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My preference would be to see it happen on Zeta as well, that platform is still too good to waste. A migration to Alpha later I'm not so thrilled by, because I find Zeta to be perfectly sized.

Agreed...I like the size of Zeta for any bodystyle..my concern is Alpha will be too small and light and V6 only.

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You know, even if we lose cars of this size and configuration forever, GM needs to cash-in on the demand for them while it can. Our choices may suck tomorrow, but they need not suck today.

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