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Old 03-21-2011, 11:51 AM   #1
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2015 Chevy Colorado & Canyon Teased One Last Time

Chevrolet Colorado show truck - Click above for high-res image gallery

Behold, the next-generation Chevrolet Colorado. Sort of. General Motors has yanked back the sheets on what the company is calling a show truck at the Bangkok International Motor Show. Despite the 'show' label, the mid-sizer is poised to go on sale in Thailand later this year packing a 2.8-liter turbo-diesel engine, though there are no firm details as to what we can expect in terms of either power or efficiency. GM did say that the Colorado won't leave buyers lacking for enough towing capacity, though. Odds are we can expect tricks like the 20-inch wheels and body-color tonneau cover to be nixed as the truck makes its way closer to production.

Still, the vehicle is plenty sharp and looks to have the mechanical guts to give the global Ford Ranger a run for its money. But will GM offer the Colorado we see here in the States? That's a tough question. The automaker has made it clear that the Shreveport, Louisiana plant that manufactures the aging Colorado/GMC Canyon isn't long for this world, though we have heard rumors that the automaker isn't planning on killing the pickup all together. Here's hoping we'll see this truck or something similar in the States sometime soon. Hit the jump for the full press release.
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Chevrolet Unveils Colorado Show Truck

Boldly styled show truck previews next-generation midsize pickup


BANGKOK, Thailand - Chevrolet today revealed the Colorado Show Truck in advance of the Bangkok International Auto Show, where it is making its global public debut. The concept previews the next-generation Colorado midsize pickup truck, which will build on Chevrolet's strong truck DNA and award-winning heritage. The Colorado goes on sale in Thailand later this year.

"Thailand is the world's-largest market for midsize pickups, so this was the perfect location in which to unveil our new Colorado," said Susan Docherty, vice president, GMIO Sales, Marketing and Aftersales. "Trucks have been part of Chevrolet's core for nearly all of its 100-year history. The Colorado reinforces that heritage with expressive design, refinement and uncompromising capability."

The show truck features an extended-cab body atop a high-stance AWD chassis and rides on large, 20-inch wheels and off-road tires. Power comes from an efficient 2.8L turbo-diesel engine, which produces a broad torque band for excellent cargo and towing capability.

"Although this is a show vehicle, the basic proportions and form convey the vision for the next-generation Colorado that we will bring to market," said Brad Merkel, GM's global vehicle line executive. "It reflects a stylized version of the new truck, one that takes into account rugged dependable truck capabilities for commercial use as well as sophisticated refinement for personal-use needs."

While the new Colorado was developed within GM's global product development organization, engineers took careful steps to ensure it would meet local market needs. Roberto Rempel, GM's global vehicle chief engineer, lived in Thailand for several months during the truck's development, immersing himself in the market and observing how the Thai people use their trucks and the road conditions they experience.

"Pickups are instrumental in the vibrant Thai economy and owners take great pride in their trucks, which are used for both work and personal driving," he said. "These customers ask a lot of their trucks, so the powertrains and chassis must be very robust to earn their trust – and that's exactly what we've delivered."

Design details

The Colorado show truck's purposeful design conveys strength through bodywork that appears tightly wrapped over the chassis and a wide, confident stance. In the front, Chevrolet's internationally recognized gold bowtie and dual-port grille are framed by large headlamps that flow into the front fenders, and an extractor vent on the hood.

"Around the globe, pickup trucks are associated with strength, capability and function – and that's exactly what the Colorado show truck embodies," said Ed Welburn, GM vice president of Global Design. "Its broad-shouldered proportions are derived from nearly a century of Chevrolet truck heritage."

Pepperdust Metallic exterior paint is accented with polished aluminum details in the fascias, as well as integrated side steps and black-masked projector-style headlamps with LED lighting elements. At the rear is a full-width LED-lit taillamp, which creates a striking appearance when illuminated.

Additional exterior details include:

A streamlined "cab collar" design with a body-color hard tonneau cover on the bed

Gray accents on the side, front and rear lower moldings

20-inch aluminum wheels featuring a "liquid metal" finish, with Stone Gray color wheel ports

Cooper 285/50R20 ZEON LTZ tires

Outside mirrors with LED turn-signal indicators.

Inside, there's another signature Chevrolet cue: a dual-cockpit instrument panel design. It flows into the doors, with continuous lines that create a floating, wraparound effect, amplifying the Colorado's feeling of spaciousness. Ice-blue lighting and high-quality, "double-faced" leather-trimmed seats add sophistication and refinement.

"The interior is designed to deliver a premium and inviting environment, with a greater feeling of spaciousness than is typically found in midsize trucks," said Welburn. "There's also great attention to detail in the execution of the features you see and feel."

A brace of motorcycle-inspired, three-dimensional gauges stand out on the instrument panel, projecting a sporty appearance.

Contrasting trim used with the light-colored leather seating, dark wood trim accented with chrome and low-gloss and soft-touch materials are used throughout for a premium feel. A number of storage compartments are located throughout the interior, including a covered center bin for concealment of valuable items, and a large, dual glovebox.

Additional features include a dual-zone, digital climate control system and the latest in "infotainment" technology. The show truck highlights an ergonomically positioned 7-inch LCD display in the center stack, for easy viewing and intuitive control of Web access, navigation, music and hands-free phone features.

More details about the production model will be released later in the year. Please visit for the latest updates.
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Chevrolet Colorado Show Truck Previews Next-Gen Midsize Pickup

A couple of weeks ago, we brought you a teaser image for the next-gen Chevrolet Colorado Show Truck ahead of its unveiling at the Bangkok Auto Show. Today, Chevy has pulled the sheet off the truck, revealing a modern, forward-looking concept for what will be the brand's next global midsize pickup.

Judging by your comments on that preview image, the truck will stir some controversy with its styling, as many of the best--and worst--designs do. Chevy's global vehicle line executive Brad Merkel says of the design, "Although this is a show vehicle, the basic proportions convey the vision for the next-generation Colorado that we will bring to market."

The concept Colorado features a 2.8-liter turbodiesel engine, 20-inch wheels and all-wheel drive. Don't expect the diesel here in the U.S.--a range of gasoline engines is far more likely.

Inside, the show truck gets motorcycle-inspired three-dimensional gauges light-colored leather, contrasting trim and dark wood accents, plus a host of low-gloss, soft-touch materials for a "premium feel." Whether this is pure show-truck frippery or a preview of a high-end model is unclear.

Full details on the production version--for Thailand at least--will be available later this year ahead of the first sales of the truck in Thailand.
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Video: Watch the elaborate unveiling of Chevy's next-gen Colorado in Bangkok

The next-generation Chevrolet Colorado pickup will be available for sale in Thailand later this year, and the assembled media at the Bangkok International Motor Show received an early look at what the midsize truck will look like. The unveiled pickup, which General Motors is officially calling a "show truck," features a 2.8-liter diesel engine and very attractive sheetmetal, along with showy (and probably non-production) touches like 20-inch wheels and a stylized body-colored tonneau cover.

While we covered the Colorado's unveiling from afar, we weren't able to see it with our own eyes. That changes now, though, with video of the live event. Hit the jump to watch the wild and crazy unveiling, which includes a pair of trucks scaling the backdrop wall, followed by a light show that reminds us of Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The video is a bit choppy at first (and not of the highest quality), but you can skip ahead to the unveiling at the 4:30 mark, followed by a question and answer session with General Motors management at 8:45. Hat tip to Chermarn!
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looks great , i want to see a crew cab model
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First Look: Chevrolet Colorado Show Truck

New Working-Class Bowtie Surfaces in Southeast Asia
March 21, 2011 / By Kirill Ougarov |

Ahead of its public debut at the Bangkok Auto Show, General Motors has taken the wraps off of the preview version of its next-generation midsize pickup, which has been (not so) imaginatively dubbed the Chevrolet Colorado Show Truck.

Why Thailand? As it so happens, the southeast Asian country is the number one market for midsize trucks in the world and about 43% of the new cars sold there are trucks.

Technical details on the Show Truck are few. GM has said that under the hood is a 2.8-liter turbodiesel engine and that it's equipped with all-wheel drive, which helps to lend it a taller stance. GM currently uses a 2.8-liter diesel inline-four in the Brazilian-market Chevrolet S-10, where it makes roughly 138 horsepower and 251 pound-feet of torque. It's likely that the Colorado Show Truck is employing a version of this mill.

The extended-cab truck sports the same dual-port grille that's become a signature of Chevrolet's design. In this case, it looks much like that of the Malibu midsize sedan. The truck rides on 20-inch aluminum wheels fitted with off-road tires and its exterior features details such as LED turn-signals in the rear-view mirrors, Pepperdust Metallic paint with aluminum details in the fascias, projector-style headlamps with LED accents, and LED taillamps. GM vice president of global design Ed Welburn says that "its broad-shoulders proportions are derived from nearly a century of Chevrolet truck heritage."

Much time and money was reportedly spent on the interior. It features a dual-cockpit instrument panel that flows into the doors that's highlighted by motorcycle-inspired, three-dimensional gauges in the instrument panel. Other interior details include contrasting trim, chrome accents, and soft-touch materials. There are copious storage compartments throughout the cabin, including a covered center console and dual glovebox. The truck is also equipped with dual-zone climate control and a seven-inch LCD display in the center stack.

As for whether the truck will replace the existing U.S.-market Colorado/Canyon, GM continues to remain silent. However, a GM official we spoke with said that the automaker has no plans to abandon the midsize truck market and that a new version of the truck is on the way. We're betting it will come out looking much like the show truck, with different engine options and a steering wheel on left side, of course.

Whatever it ends up being, it will surely built somewhere in the NAFTA area to avoid the so-called "Chicken Tax" that makes importing trucks from countries like Thailand unprofitable. GM says details for the production model will come later in the year, so stay tuned.

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I seriously hope that this STAYS a show truck... God this is awful. Id hope they would go for a smaller silverado style, and keep the 5.3L option and possibly go for a hybrid/flex fuel option.
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I seriously hope that this STAYS a show truck... God this is awful. Id hope they would go for a smaller silverado style, and keep the 5.3L option and possibly go for a hybrid/flex fuel option.
I disagree, I think it look good.
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I disagree, I think it look good.
Its looks like a Ridgeline knock off.... which lets face it is very un-truck like.
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The ridgeline was a ripoff of the avalanche. Honda even used former GM truck engineers to design it.
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other than the headlights i like it. its MILES ahead of the colorado in the looks department. if they squared out the headlights a little more to resemble those on the tahoe it would have a really aggressive look overall.
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Chevrolet Colorado Rally Concept looks ready to tackle Dakar, maybe the moon

Chevrolet Colorado Rally Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

The production version of the next-generation Chevrolet Colorado has yet to be revealed, but auto show crowds in Argentina are getting a peek at the possible lines of the upcoming pickup. Chevrolet is picking the Buenos Aires International Motor Show as the stage on which it will show off its new Colorado Rally Concept.

An aggressive and strong style are the immediate visual cues given off by the Rally Concept, which is meant to handle some serious off-road driving. A pair of integrated winches (one up front and one out back) will help should you actually manage to get the Colorado Rally Concept stuck. That ought to prove to be a difficult task, thanks to the 305/60R18 BFGoodrich Mud Terrain tires, long-travel suspension and 2.8-liter diesel engine.

Keeping up the aggression, the interior of the Chevy Colorado Rally Concept is equipped with racing seats and five-point harnesses. The driver or co-driver can adjust tire pressure and suspension settings from the cabin, while either can also enjoy some fresh air from the vents cut into the acrylic side windows.

To say that this truck is built to run off-road is an understatement.

Dear General Motors,

Make this truck. And sell it in the States. Please.


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Chevrolet introduces the second concept of the next generation of pick ups in the 5 th International Motor Show in Buenos Aires


Rally Colorado Concept conveys strength, power and capacity

Design developed by the GM Design Center South

Buenos Aires, Argentina - Chevrolet revealed in the 5 th International Motor Show in Buenos Aires, Colorado Rally, the second concept of what will be the next generation midsize pickups global brand. The premiere of the Rally version, following the presentation of the first Concept of Colorado Hall of Bangkok last March. These two pick ups will allow us to visualize how the next generation of pick ups global brand.

The tradition of Chevrolet pickups were characterized by their robustness and strength. This concept combines design elements from Chevrolet's legendary ability to develop vehicles with excellent performance both on and off the road.

"The Concept Rally Colorado, once again demonstrates that the DNA of competition is in the blood of Chevrolet. One of these characteristics Concept reaffirms our commitment to the future of the brand and also part of the centennial celebration of Chevrolet around the world, "said Jaime Ardila, president of GM South America.

"We are honored to be posted in Argentina for the first time in eastern Concept symbolizes the evolution of Chevrolet pickups in the world. We celebrate with pride the development of GM South America, "said Sergio Rocha, President and CEO of GM Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay.

For the construction of the Colorado Rally, GM designers in South America, conducted extensive research on this subject. Every item developed for this Concept was designed to improve vehicle performance in all fields and also to help the pilot and navigator.

This Concept is a version of pick-up double cabin, equipped with four-wheel drive, aluminum rims 18 "double-ended (machining and polishing) and 305/60 R18 tires. The power of the Colorado Rally Concept comes from an efficient 2.8-liter turbodiesel engine that delivers excellent torque for this car rally.

The Colorado Rally Concept has features that allow even better prepared for the off-road activity. It has high performance shock absorbers 140mm and a remote reservoir with fluid. It is also equipped with a system that allows you to increase during the suspension at 5 centimeters and consequently the height relative to the floor.

Both the front and rear, the Rally Colorado is equipped with integrated winch to the bumper, 5.5 hp, with a capacity of 4 tons of traction and reinforced steel cables 23 meters long.

Design details

Painted white pearl, the Colorado Rally Concept, has unique features developed by the GM Design Center in South America, exclusively for this vehicle. The windows are made of acrylic, which ensures greater protection from side impacts and also have holes for air circulation, as temperatures inside a rally car can exceed 50 degrees Celsius.

As for the bodywork, Colorado Rally, has a roll bar, support for the spare tire in the box and other decorative details in color "Charcoal" textured. Also in the box, this pickup has a plastic protector and a box of tools specifically developed for this Concept. It also has running boards stylized fueling nozzle exposed executed in aluminum. In order to improve aerodynamics and reduce vehicle weight, the designers have chosen to introduce a perforated back cover.

"Robust and aggressive lines of the Colorado Concept, presented in Bangkok were the perfect foundation for building a car rally. Certainly, with the debut of the Concept in the Hall of Buenos Aires will have a preview of what we see on the roads around the world in a while, "said Carlos Barba, General Director of GM Design America.

"The Concept Rally Colorado is looking to the future of the global Chevrolet pickups. With this concept, the brand demonstrates its leadership in building vehicles with great design and capacity, "said Brad Merkel, Executive GM Global Vehicle.

All external lighting of this pickup is comprised of lamps and lights that use LED technology. The Colorado Rally Concept has sidelights and high performance lighting incorporated into the outside rearview mirrors, as well as long range lights on the ceiling and auxiliary lights on the front bumper.

Inside: a separate show

The interior of the pick up Colorado Rally Concept is focused on ergonomics and functionality. The top of the dashboard is covered in textured leather color "Very Dark Grey Ash" and was fully adapted to incorporate the tools in a race car.

The center console, for example, has pressure and temperature gauges and controls that adjust the tire pressure, the hardness of the dampers, operate fire extinguishers and additional fuel pumps.

The sports steering wheel has a flattened curve and a set of LEDs indicating engine speed (the most important indicator for the pilot), allowing you to find the best time to shift gears. It also has four command buttons that alter the central display panel (alternating different information like a computer board), turn on the headlights, the Air Boost (a compressed air system that cleans the air quickly cabin, in situations where the vehicle is in a cloud of dust) and the speed limiter in the urban stretches.

The seats are sporty Colorado Rally Concept, type "shell" and has seatbelts five points that allow a total clamping of the pilots. They are lined Neoprene with orange stitching and has a lattice "Raschel" that gives the illusion of depth, black with orange background. The carpets of this pick up are aluminum with some holes and are placed a few millimeters above the floor. The purpose of this is to allow the occupants to clean your shoes and ensure a better grip.

Within the Colorado Rally, another item that stands out is the internal structure of occupant protection (cage), which facilitates the placement of extra equipment such as cameras or auxiliary lighting for the browser.

And speaking of pilots and navigators, the Colorado Rally Concept, offers a GPS navigation system of last generation and also a Hydration Pack. The latter is thermally insulated boxes containing an isotonic solution for hydration of the occupants, which passes through small tubes connected directly to the hull of them, allowing them to stay hydrated throughout the competition without removing from the road . In addition to these two cases, this concept has additional tool boxes and a first aid kit.


About Chevrolet

Founded in Detroit in 1911, Chevrolet is celebrating its centenary as a global automotive brand, with annual sales of about 4.26 million vehicles in over 130 countries. In the United States, Chevrolet's portfolio includes cars like Corvette and Camaro, trucks and SUV reliable and durable as Silverado and Suburban, and passenger cars and crossover as the winners Malibu, Equinox, and Traverse. Chevrolet also offers gasoline solutions that do not harm the environment, such as the Chevrolet Cruze Eco, with an approximate consumption of 5.6 liters per 100 km on the road, and the Chevrolet Volt, which offers 56.3 miles of electric driving and 553, 6 km further extended range with gasoline, according to EPA estimates.

In Argentina, Chevrolet sells the following models: Celta, Classic, Spark, Agile, Aveo, Astra, Vectra, Meriva, Cruze, Captiva, Montana and S10.


General Motors is one of the largest automotive companies in the world whose roots date back to 1908. Headquartered in Detroit, GM employs 202,000 people worldwide and markets its vehicles in over 120 countries. GM and its strategic partners produce cars and trucks in 30 countries and sell and service these vehicles through the following brands: Baojun, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Holden, Isuzu, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling. The main market for GM products is China, followed by the United States, Brazil, Britain, Germany, Canada and Italy. OnStar subsidiary is the world leader in security and information services. For more information on the new GM, visit .

Argentina GM 's Chevrolet brand sells through a large dealer network that provides services and spare parts in the country. In 2010, GM sold 108,755 units Argentina. In addition, it produced 127,818 units in GM Automotive Rosario Resort and exported 77,911 vehicles to various countries in the region. Currently, Argentina has 3,300 GM employees in the country and has facilities in Buenos Aires Alvear, Santa Fe
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Canyon Carver: Chevrolet Reveals Colorado Rally Concept in Argentina

Chevrolet’s South American designers have created this Colorado Rally Concept, a version of the brand’s next-generation mid-size truck penned with desert rallies in mind. It went on display at the Buenos Aires Motor Show in Argentina.

This concept follows the Colorado concept that bowed earlier this year at the Bangkok Auto Show. Both vehicles preview the next-generation Chevrolet Colorado (twinned with the GMC Canyon). These types of midsize trucks sell exceedingly well in South America and parts of southeast Asia, like Thailand, making Buenos Aires and Bangkok the ideal locales for displaying what a future Colorado may look like.

Unlike the previous show truck, the Rally concept is a crew-cab model, but is blessed with four-wheel-drive and a 2.8-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder engine. It rides on 18-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in burly, 12-inch-wide off-road tires, supported by “high-performance” suspension that can be raised or lowered two inches.The windows are made from acrylic plastic and have ventilation holes (it gets hot when rallying through the desert) and all exterior lights use LEDs. The Rally concept also wears an integrated roll bar, tool box, and spare tire carrier mounted in the bed. Both front and rear bumperssport a four-ton electric winch.

Because it’s designed for serious work off-road, you’d expect the cabin to be Spartan. Surprisingly, the Rally concept’s dashboard is finished in textured brown leather, and the sporty bucket seats are covered in orange-stitched neoprene. Concessions to racing include five-point harnesses, toggle switches for changing ride height and activating the fire extinguisher, a navigation system for the co-driver, shift lights (embedded in the steering wheel), and auxiliary gauges.

It’s clear that the Colorado Rally Concept is just a fanciful way for Chevrolet to highlight the upcoming truck’s capabilities; beneath the showy off-road accessories, this is a fairly realistic preview of the next Colorado. What is less clear is whether a next-generation Colorado will arrive on our shores. Chevrolet hasn’t denied the possibility, but for now the next Colorado is only confirmed for other markets like South America and Asia.
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Looks like something that would sell well in Australia.. or on Mars..
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