Like pickup trucks but don’t need a full size one? If you’re partial to GM products, there’s good news on the horizon: PickupTrucks.com is reporting that GM has started work on the replacement for the Chevy Colorado and the GMC Canyon midsize pickups. Unlike the new Ford Ranger, these trucks are destined for the U.S. market and will be based on the GMI 700 body-on-frame global small truck platform. The 700 platform Chevy Colorado for the far east market is expected to be shown at this year’s Thailand International Motor Expo, but don’t expect new trucks in the U.S. sooner than 2014.
Things looked bleak for the Colorado and Canyon after GM’s 2009 bankruptcy, and the initial plan was to kill off both trucks. Perhaps due to the Ford Ranger’s exit from the U.S. market, GM changed direction and has decided to pursue development of the next generation Colorado and Canyon. The trucks will face competition from a new Toyota Tacoma and a new Nissan Frontier, both scheduled for redesigns around the 2013 model year. It’s also possible that Dodge will update the Dakota pickup for the 2014 model year, and rumor has it that they’ll go to a unibody platform.