Spied: 2014 Chevrolet Colorado with Silverado Cues

2014 marks the return of the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon mid-size pickups to the United States market, but don't think that the trucks will look exactly like their international-market counterparts. New spy shots of the truck show it sporting Silverado design cues.

The biggest similarity is the grille insert: the Chevrolet bowtie is mounted on a thick single horizontal bar, and the space above or below it has thin plastic latticework. It's something we've already seen on trucks like the Silverado Z71. Keep in mind, however, that the headlights on this model are horizontal, not vertical--there's only one level as opposed to the Silverado's stacked layout. This is a big departure from the last model we saw (a crew cab), which used a more rounded front end that looked more like the international-market truck. This time around, the design looks closer to production, and a lot closer to the Silverado.

Towards the middle of the truck, there's a little bit of international-market Chevrolet Colorado design, specifically, the uptick in the beltline at the rear window. Look really closely and you can see the sloping line towards the bottom of the door, which matches previous prototypes and the international-market truck.

It looks like the Chevrolet Colorado prototype you see here is both nearly finished and a close replica of the international-market one, albeit with a different front end. Expect the Colorado and Canyon to make use of four- and six-cylinder engines from GM's parts bin, possibly including the 3.6-liter V-6 from the Equinox/Terrain, and either the 2.0-liter turbo I-4 or 2.5-liter naturally aspirated I-4 from the Malibu, or the 2.4-liter I-4 from the Equinox/Terrain.

We'll see exactly which engine will go under that large hood soon: GM hopes to start production on the duo of trucks in Wentzville, Missouri this fall or winter.

BAD IDEA!Never before did Chevrolet feel the need to make its smaller truck look exactly like the large one.  Why now, especially when the public reaction to the new 2014 Silverado is an underwhelming "meh" ???  GM's brand-new truck isn't bold, it's boxy and boring.  It breaks no new ground.  It offers predicable small incremental improvements but makes no effort to clobber the competition, it just pulls even with them.Chevrolet would do better to keep the more progressive styling and instead employ its US engineers to really pull out all the stops on the powertrain.  If you can't offer at least one powertrain that easily offers 30 mpg highway, then keep working until you figure it out.  Diesels can't be that hard to develop.  Oh, and PLEASE offer a simple 2-door truck again.  There really are truck buyers who need bed space, not wasted interior volume where nobody sits.
Ummm, this just occurred to them?

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