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2015 Chevrolet Colorado Replacement Coming Next Year

  • 2015 Chevrolet Colorado replacement coming next year
  • New trucks to offer different styling, names
  • May be diesel-powered, could be shown in 2013

General Motors will roll out all-new midsize pickup trucks next year. The trucks will replace the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, which were recently canceled. The announcement ends much speculation on the future of midsize pickups in GM’s lineup.

While General Motors confirmed the trucks are coming back next year, the automaker didn’t even speculate on what they’ll be called. It’s unlikely that the trucks will carry the same Colorado and Canyon names as those of their predecessors. That’s because General Motors is targeting “different buyers” with the new models, according to Mark Reuss, GM’s president for North America.

Reuss announced he’d like to see the Chevrolet version “attack the West Coast with a lifestyle version that is really beautiful and fun,” according to The Detroit News. The GMC model would be more of a “semi-serious duty cycle truck,” said Reuss.

As for styling, the upcoming GM trucks are expected to roughly mirror the midsize pickup GM sells in foreign markets. That model, called the Chevrolet S10 in most of Asia, offers more curves than the boxy, brawny Colorado and Canyon.

What’s less certain is the engine that will power the upcoming trucks. Reuss said the GMC version will have “95 percent duty cycle of the big Sierra with a lot more fuel economy.” That’s a tall order for a midsize pickup — and it may suggest the use of diesel engines. That makes sense, as the foreign-market S10 is only sold with diesel power.

We do know that the trucks will be built at GM’s newly expanded Wentzville Assembly Plant in Missouri. While the plant is still under expansion, it will be ready for the trucks’ launch early next year. That means eager buyers should count on seeing the pickups revealed by the end of 2013.

By reviving the Colorado and Canyon, GM is tossing its hat into the increasingly small midsize truck class. Ford recently dropped its midsize Ranger pickup, and Mazda canceled the mechanically similar B-Series. Dodge also pulled the plug on its midsize Dakota. That leaves just the Honda Ridgeline, Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma to battle it out for buyers who want a pickup but don’t need a full-size model.

What it means to you: If you can’t find what you’re looking for among today’s midsize pickups, consider waiting for the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado replacement. 

The photo is of the 2013 Chevrolet Colorado that’s currently available outside the US. We expect the 2015 version to be somewhat similar.

Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More

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17 COMMENTS

  1. Actually, the best mid size truck is the new Ford ranger with 5 cylinder diesel that can pull 7000 lbs and get 30 mpg. I know, I have one in the Fiji Islands. Sold in 180 countries around the world except the states. Go Figure.

  2. roger they broke the mold when they made the s-10 my 2002 model has over 260,00 k I cant wait for the new 2015 to come out for trade in!

  3. I am not as concerned with the styling as the fact that the USA is WAY behind in green machines when we should be way ahead ! I want a Bio Diesel 100 Truck that gets 70 MPG burning any clean plant Oil I throw at it. Or a Diesel Electric that gets over 120 MPG.
    SCREW this cozy relationship between Detrioit and Texas. We need to start cleaning up our world NOW !

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