Back from the dead, the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon have finally surfaced ahead of their official debuts, at least in teaser form. The two midsize trucks are making a comeback in mid-2014, according to General Motors, after having last been sold in the U.S. as 2012 models.
At the Center for Automotive Research Management Briefing Seminars held this week, GM is revealing its smaller pickups to a select audience before unveiling them in full later this year or early next year during the auto show season. In spy shots, we’ve seen the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon testing with the ubiquitous 3.6-liter V-6 shared between the Chevrolet Camaro and Cadillac CTS and in plenty of other offerings. However, we anticipate that a four-cylinder engine will be offered as well and possibly the reworked 4.3-liter, 285 horsepower V-6 that recently debuted in the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado full-size pickup truck.
Rumor had circulated that GM planned to change the names of its small trucks, but that’s clearly not the case. We do think a throwback to the S-10 and GMC Sonoma wouldn’t be all bad, though. Now, since GM hasn’t sold its trucks here for a while, all you’re probably thinking about with the names of these vehicles is “Why did they name one of them after yet another bad Lindsay Lohan movie?”
GM sells these trucks abroad currently but with vastly different front-end looks and engine offerings. They compete with the Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger, neither of which are sold in the U.S. In fact, Ford has gone on record as saying that a truck slotting underneath the Ford F-150 is not viable in the U.S. anymore unless it’s much smaller than the current offerings. However, Toyota is proving that’s not necessarily the case with its popular Tacoma, and Nissan has picked up plenty of the now-discontinued U.S. Ranger’s slack with its Frontier. A representative from GM told us a few months back that it didn’t agree with Ford’s assessment of the U.S. truck market.
We’ll surely see soon enough who’s right.
Source: General Motors