Don’t count out General Motors’ small trucks. A new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon will head to the U.S. market eventually, reports Pickuptrucks.com.
Not long ago, GM decided that production on the midsize truck would end with the current generation in mid-2012. But recent reports suggest that the company has decided to leverage its new small truck platform being built in Thailand later this year, resulting in a new Colorado and Canyon — if the trucks keep those names — in the 2014 model year.
Before incentives, the 2011 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon start at $17,855. It’s unclear what engines the future trucks will offer in the U.S., but the current Chevy and GMC start with a 185-horsepower 2.9-liter four-cylinder engine. Fuel economy is highest with this engine, mated to the four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission, at 18/25 mpg city/highway. A 242-horsepower 3.7-liter five-cylinder engine is optional and, for those who’d prefer a sporty, small truck there’s the 300-horsepower 5.3-liter V-8 engine.
The midsize truck segment in the U.S. has gone stale, with GM and Ford entries undergoing few changes over the last five years. For 2010, the Chevrolet Colorado sold 24,642 units, down from 32,413 units in 2009. Combining Colorado and Canyon numbers for 2010 still would not surpass sales of the Silverado for December alone. Meanwhile, Ford has decided not to replace the Ranger with the new global variant, citing weak sales.
What do you want GM to improve on the next-generation Colorado and Canyon?