The speculation is over: General Motors has confirmed that the 2012 Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck, which recently started production in Thailand, will come to the United States in the near future.
The word comes from General Motors product development chief Mary Barra, who confirmed that the current, aging Colorado pickup will be replaced by the new global model. The United Auto Workers hinted as much earlier this year, suggesting the truck could be built in an existing plant in Missouri, but this is the first official confirmation we’ve seen from GM itself.
The current U.S.-spec Colorado – along with its GMC Canyon twin – is available with by a 2.9-liter I-4, 3.7-liter I-5, or 5.3-liter V-8 engine, and is available in regular, extended, or crew cabs. No powertrain details have been announced for the new Colorado’s American debut, but overseas, the new Colorado is available with either a 2.5-liter or 2.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine. Much as we’d love these small-displacement diesels to come stateside, GM has yet to disclose specifications for the new U.S.-market truck.
Likewise, timing remains somewhat mysterious at this stage. Production of the current Colorado is expected to end by June of 2012, but it’s still unknown if the new model will immediately succeed the outgoing truck. Regardless, the truck will launch here after it goes on sale elsewhere in the world – in fact, production for the Thai market has already commenced.
With this announcement, GM officially becomes the last domestic automaker to offer a midsize pickup truck in the U.S. Chrysler ceased production of the Dodge/Ram Dakota in August, and the aging Ford Ranger will not return for the 2012 model year, and will not be replaced by a new model.
Source: General Motors