GM to Break Ground on Chevrolet Colorado Plant Expansions in Missouri

The 2014 Chevrolet Colorado pickup is growing even closer to reaching North American dealers: General Motors will break ground today on a plant expansion in Wentzville, Missouri, where Chevrolet will manufacture the truck for North American consumption.

We should note first that the pickup in question is the new Chevrolet Colorado, an all-new model that will replace the current model year Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, which are made in Shreveport, Louisiana. The new Colorado will be based on the international Colorado pickup that was recently released in several other international markets. That truck was designed and engineered primarily by a team from Brazil, and initially released in Thailand.

The latest iteration, on sale outside the United States, has a selection of two Duramax diesel engines: one 2.5-liter I-4 that makes 150 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, and one 2.8-liter I-4 with 180 horsepower and 346 pound-feet of torque. That power is sent through either a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. The truck is available with regular, crew, or extended cabs, and the cabs have anywhere between 16 and 30 cubbies on the interior to store items (depending on the size).

As for the American version, we expect the finished product to be fairly similar to its international twins, but we still have no firm specifications for U.S.-spec content or powertrains. We do know now that the Chevrolet Colorado mid-size truck will only be released after GM introduces its full-size trucks, the Silverado and GMC Sierra, so it won’t arrive in dealers before 2014. We’re not sure exactly what equipment or powertrain options will stay when the truck comes to the United States–the current Colorado/ GMC Canyon doesn’t have a diesel option–and we don’t even know what it’ll be called. While the Thai version is called the Colorado, GM hasn’t confirmed the American truck’s name–in fact, we hear a few South American markets will know the truck as the S-10.

No matter what it’s named (or if it’ll also spawn a GMC sibling), the truck will certainly be made at GM’s plant in Wentzville, which presently builds the GMC Savana and Chevrolet Express full-size vans. The plant is now running on a two-shift schedule (after GM added 400 employees and one shift early this year), and the plant expansion tied to the Colorado program is expected to save or create some 1260 jobs.

Source: Detroit News, GM

The enclosed photos are of the Brazil-market Chevrolet S-10.

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