• GM teases upcoming midsize Canyon, Colorado pickups
  • Teaser images show grilles, little else
  • GM confirms the trucks will keep Canyon and Colorado names

The midsize pickup market is about to add two new models. General Motors recently released a new teaser image showing its upcoming GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado pickups, which were last offered for the 2012 model year.

You could argue that Chevy and GMC already have plenty of different trucks to suit a variety of needs. Chevrolet communications rep Otie McKinley said, "The Colorado will complement our line of full-size pickups, giving us the industry's best full line. From mid- to light- to heavy-duty, we have a truck for every customer's needs. The all-new Colorado will be the perfect alternative for those buyers that don't need the capability of a full-size truck, but still want the functionality and versatility of a pickup."

While the teaser image doesn't reveal much, it does confirm the pickups will wear boxy, upright grilles like the larger GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado. That likely suggests brawny styling to mimic the Sierra and Silverado, both of which were redesigned for the 2014 model year.

In releasing the teaser image, General Motors also confirmed the pickups would keep their familiar names. While some speculated GM might rename the trucks -- formerly called the Chevrolet S-10 and GMC Sonoma -- the automaker is choosing to stick with Colorado and Canyon.

Beyond that, GM has revealed only a handful of other clues about the upcoming pickups. We know, for instance, that production will start next year at the automaker's plant in Wentzville, Mo. And we expect the trucks to arrive in mid-2014, likely as 2015 models.

Otherwise, the trucks have mostly drawn speculation. Many insiders expect a gasoline-only engine lineup, even though overseas versions of the pickups use a 4-cylinder diesel. And it's likely the trucks will be offered with their usual litany of body styles, bed configurations and cab options.

Last offered in 2012, the Colorado and Canyon competed in the once-popular midsize pickup segment. The segment has declined in popularity recently, seeing the cancellation of trucks such as the Ford Ranger, Mazda B-Series and Dodge Dakota. The only midsize trucks on today's market are the Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma.

We'll post more information on the upcoming Colorado and Canyon, including pricing and finalized styling details, as we learn it.

What it means to you: The upcoming Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon are proof that the midsize truck isn't dead yet.

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Doug DeMuro has a wide range of automotive industry experience, from work at a Ferrari dealership to a manager for Porsche North America. A lifelong car enthusiast, Doug's eclectic vehicle purchases include a Porsche 911 Turbo, an E63 AMG wagon, an old Range Rover and a Mercedes Benz G-wagen.

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