General Motors announced last October that the Thai-market Chevrolet Colorado would be built at the automaker’ Wentzville, Mo. plant for North American consumption. Now, our spy photographer has spotted the U.S.-spec model testing in Michigan alongside a Toyota Tacoma.
Engineers are busy adapting the 2014 Chevrolet Colorado for the North American market. While two different Duramax diesel four-cylinder engines are available throughout Southeast Asia, U.S.-spec models will get gas engines, possibly including the Cadillac ATS’ 2.5-liter Ecotec I-4, 2.0-liter turbo I-4, or 3.6-liter V-6. There is still a chance at least one of the Duramax diesel engines could make it here — likely the larger 180-hp 2.8-liter with 347 lb-ft of torque.
The Thai-market Colorado sports Chevrolet’s now-defunct family face, while spy photos show a more upright front end possibly gaining the new design language first seen on the 2013 Traverse and 2014 Impala. Our spy photographer wasn’t able to get shots of the interior, but said the test mules are left-hand drive. Thai-market Colorado pickups feature a roomy, well-appointed interior, and also feature a sporty-looking gauge cluster — which happens to be lifted right out of the Camaro.
Don’t expect the U.S.-spec Colorado to go on sale before the second-half of 2013, as the engineers are hard at work tuning it for American roads and the Missouri plant is being updated to produce the new truck. Check out the spy shots and photos of the Thai-spec Chevrolet Colorado in the gallery below.