Chevy Colorado concept. Image: © GM Corp.
Ford and Dodge may have given up on the compact and midsize pickup truck market in the United States, but Chevy believes there’s still opportunity to be had and profit to be made. After keeping us guessing for the better part of 2011, Chevy has confirmed that its new Colorado midsize pickup will be coming to the United States. Better yet, it will be built here, ensuring that more U.S. manufacturing jobs aren’t lost to other economies.
The Colorado will launch in Thailand first, since the Thai market is the world’s largest for compact and midsize pickups. There, buyers will have a choice of gas or diesel engines, 2wd or 4wd, and regular, extended or crew cab configurations.We may not get the diesel option in the United States, but I’d be surprised if we didn’t get the same cab and drive options here.
Expect to see the Colorado pickup concept on the U.S. auto show circuit in 2012. Chevy hasn’t released any details on when the new Colorado will be available (we’ll guess 2013) or at what price it will hit the market, so look for further updates in the coming months.