It’s official: the new, North American-market 2015 Chevrolet Colorado midsize pickup will make its public debut this Monday at the 2013 Los Angeles auto show. To drum up interest in its new, sub-Silverado pickup offering, Chevrolet released the teaser image above, which indicates the 2015 Colorado will (a. have headlamps, (b. be shaped like a pickup truck, and (c. fit beneath a large tarp, if so desired.
All kidding aside, the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado introduction is fairly important, given that it’s one of the first all-new introductions in the compact/ midsize pickup market in what feels like eternity. Ford doesn’t believe its new global Ranger would fit in our market without stepping on the toes of the F-150, while Ram officials tell us they’re still struggling to create an appropriate global pickup that would work well in North America in addition to overseas markets. As such, the North American small/midsize truck segment is essentially left to the Toyota Tacoma and the Nissan Frontier, and neither model has received a significant overhaul since their introductions in 2004.
General Motors hasn’t built a small truck in North America since 2012, when the outgoing Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Caynon, which rode on the GMT355 platform, were phased out of production. The new North American 2015 Chevrolet Colorado will be derived from the global Chevrolet Colorado that launched in Thailand and South America in 2012. We wouldn’t be surprised if the model is significantly re-worked for our market – a previous teaser photo, along with some spy photographs of 2015 Colorado prototypes, suggest the truck will be slightly restyled to resemble its big brothers, the 2014 Silverado and 2015 Silverado HD. Likewise, the North American model is expected to adopt some new engine offerings, including a direct-injection six-cylinder gas engine. A diesel option is rumored, but unconfirmed.
The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado, along with its twin, the 2015 GMC Canyon, will be built alongside GM’s full-size vans in Wentzville, Missouri. The automaker announced earlier this year it was investing nearly $133 million to upgrade the plant for the new model line. Last we heard, a new stamping press dedicated to the new midsize GM trucks wouldn’t be up and running until early 2015.
Chevrolet’s teaser release provides no further production timing, other than to note the final piece of its pickup portfolio will be unveiled on November 20th. Stay tuned to Automobilemag.com for the latest news on the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado.