This Colorado Rally Concept gives us an idea of what Chevrolet’s South American designers envision for a burly off-roader. The high-performance, go-anywhere Colorado concept bowed 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.