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New Colorado will go on sale in the fall of 2014

General Motors has unveiled its all-new midsize pickup in the U.S. in the form of the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado. GM says that the new midsize truck will offer real truck capability and versatility for customers who don't need a full-size pickup. Chevrolet also says that its new Colorado will deliver class leading power, payload, and towing ratings.
 
While the new Colorado is being unveiled now, it won't go on sale until the fall 2014 as a 2015 model. That puts the actual launch of the new midsize truck about a year away.
 
Unveiling a new midsize truck is an interesting move considering Chevrolet previously discontinued the Colorado due to low demand for midsize trucks. Competitors Ford and Dodge both discontinued their midsize trucks ceding the market to Toyota and its class-leading Tacoma, Nissan with its Frontier, and Honda with the car-based Ridgeline.

 
When the truck launches Chevrolet will offer two engine options including a 2.5-liter in-line four-cylinder (193hp, 184 lb-ft) as the standard engine and an optional 3.6-liter V6 (302hp, 270 lb-ft). Both of those engines will be mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
 
However, when the Colorado enters the 2016 model year, Chevrolet plans to offer an optional diesel engine. The engine Duramax four-cylinder diesel, which is available worldwide, is expected to deliver around 200hp and 370 lb-ft of torque.

 
GM isn’t the only company looking to shoehorn a diesel engine into a light-duty pickup. Chrysler recently added a VM Motori V6 diesel option to the Ram 1500.
 
It’s too early to announce pricing for the new Colorado, but we can at least speculate. The 2014 Toyota Tacoma starts at $17,875, while the 2014 Nissan Frontier starts at $17,990. The Colorado’s big brother, the 2014 Chevy Silverado, starts at $25,575. We don’t expect that the Colorado will stray too far from the $18,000 mark in its base configuration.

Source: GM



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Still can't get over the bailouts
By MrBungle123 on 11/20/2013 10:53:48 AM , Rating: 2
Otherwise I might consider one since I'll be in the market for something to replace my tacoma about then.




RE: Still can't get over the bailouts
By Jeffk464 on 11/20/2013 10:56:40 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, my Tacoma only has 40,000 miles on it so I have a long ways to go. It would be nice to get the mileage of a 6 Spd diesel though. I will be looking at the professional reviews on this one for sure.


RE: Still can't get over the bailouts
By Jeffk464 on 11/20/2013 10:57:29 AM , Rating: 2
Its actually a pretty cool looking truck this time around to.


By AssBall on 11/20/2013 12:50:00 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, its not bad. I'd probably still swing for a Frontier but I'd like to test drive the Diesel, it looks like it has potential.


RE: Still can't get over the bailouts
By Apone on 11/20/2013 12:16:23 PM , Rating: 2
I understand your reservations about the bailout but remember, this isn't the first time an automaker has been bailed out by Uncle Sam. Back in 1979, Lee Iacocca of Chrysler asked for a $1.5 billion loan from Congress (approved in 1980) which Chrysler paid back in 1983 (7 years ahead of the loan maturity date). However, I wish GM and Chrysler had the same visionary talent as Mr. Iacocca during their respective bailouts in 2008; perhaps it would have restored confidence with US taxpayers in these automotive giants' ability to innovate and compete in a highly dynamic industry.


RE: Still can't get over the bailouts
By MrBungle123 on 11/20/2013 5:08:30 PM , Rating: 2
Rather than go through chapter 11 and restructure, the feds pay off their loans, pay off the unions, screw bond holders out of hundreds of millions (billions?), replace the companies execs with whomever Washington decided was right at the time, and walked away with a huge stake in the company that they are still trying to sell their way out of at what is projected to be a 10ish billion dollar loss for the tax payers.

This sounds like a great truck, and I'm sure they're nice but I just can't in good conscience buy one because to me GM stands as a shining example of everything wrong with modern American politics.

(I'm not happy with Chrysler either)

Maybe this will entice Ford back into the small truck market and I can get one of those... If not I'll get another Tacoma.


By tallcool1 on 11/21/2013 9:31:01 AM , Rating: 1
quote:
Maybe this will entice Ford back into the small truck market and I can get one of those... If not I'll get another Tacoma.
I doubt you will see a small Ford pickup in the near future. Ford doesn't want to build a vehicle that would indirectly compete/take sales away from its best selling F150 lineup.

This would:
> Make less money (larger margin on full size truck sales)
> Don't want to jepordize F150 sales figures by offering a different truck to buy. This would have the potential of harming "the best selling vehicle" marketing.


RE: Still can't get over the bailouts
By 91TTZ on 11/21/2013 10:15:53 AM , Rating: 2
Don't forget that with the GM bankruptcy they did more than get a loan from the American people. They legally wiped out the stock and ripped off the people who previously invested in them. If you owned GM stock you now own nothing. They took that money and ran.


By Argon18 on 11/21/2013 2:06:46 PM , Rating: 2
No kidding. When you buy GM, you are paying twice. Once in your tax dollars for the $Billions in bailout cash, and again at the dealership.

When the government says that GM "paid back their loans", they're only talking about the loans given *after* the bankruptcy / restructuring occurred. The $Billions that the government gave them before that, were all written off a corporate loss.


No Manual?
By domboy on 11/20/2013 4:53:46 PM , Rating: 2
Darn, another diesel that's automatic only. Come on, why can't somebody sell something like this with a manual?!? Only in the US... anywhere else I could.




RE: No Manual?
By JediJeb on 11/21/2013 6:07:32 PM , Rating: 2
Not sure why the down rating, but I too prefer a manual when using a truck for something other than crusin down the highway to the mall. Way better on snowy roads and in the mud.

I also wonder what happened to small trucks, even though my 88 Ranger was considered a mid-size back then now it would be considered a compact. I loved that little truck but you can't find anything like that anymore.


Tacoma ripoff?
By lortsie on 11/20/2013 1:54:21 PM , Rating: 2
So I actually like GM trucks a lot and have owned 4 myself. They have all been great trucks. That said, the design cues on the new Colorado seem to be a direct ripoff of the 08-11 Tacoma, lol. If it had a hoodscoop it would be a dead ringer!

Not that it's a bad choice, those are some handsome trucks!




To bad
By Ammohunt on 11/20/2013 2:11:01 PM , Rating: 2
In mexico this truck only comes in one color.




Quality
By mgilbert on 11/20/13, Rating: -1
RE: Quality
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 11/20/2013 10:39:18 AM , Rating: 3
GM trucks are usually pretty damn solid.


RE: Quality
By Samus on 11/20/2013 5:21:37 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly. Ford has the best American-made trucks hands down but GM is not far behind. Neither are as depressing as Dodge.

What I never understood was Ford's reasoning behind discontinuing the Ranger. From what I could tell it was a very successful truck (always selling 50,000+/year) and every single person I know that has owned one is a repeat Ranger owner. It's also a truck that became a worse and worse value over time as they eliminated 4-cylinder options and inflated the price.

From what I remember, Ford's agenda was to eliminate the Ranger and price the base F150 near the Ranger base price, and although that "technically" happened within a margin, the principal value of the Ranger was "light truck with good fuel economy" and no configuration of the F150 is either of those.


RE: Quality
By MrBungle123 on 11/20/2013 5:31:52 PM , Rating: 2
I owned 3 Ford Rangers... a '90, '03, 07. I would have got another one but Ford quit doing anything with the truck. They had been largely unchanged since 2002 and the last few model years they started removing some of the more premium options. I'm pretty sure Ford didn't want to upgrade the Ranger because they were afraid that it would cannibalize F150 sales.


RE: Quality
By Spuke on 11/20/2013 5:37:20 PM , Rating: 2
I agree. There's definitely room for Ford to add the Ranger back into the lineup. None of the small trucks work for me unfortunately as I need to be able to haul 7-8 bales of hay in the bed. I'm already stacking 3 high in my truck.


RE: Quality
By Reclaimer77 on 11/20/2013 5:59:30 PM , Rating: 2
Oh god no. Spare future generations my personal hell lol.

I told my gf that I'm not working on her goddamned Ranger anymore. If it broke again, find some other poor bastard to be slaved to it! hehe.


RE: Quality
By Spuke on 11/21/2013 5:47:27 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Oh god no. Spare future generations my personal hell lol.
LMAO!! For Rec's sake, please Ford don't bring back the Ranger!


RE: Quality
By SoCalBoomer on 11/20/2013 5:46:55 PM , Rating: 2
perhaps you mean gas Dodges. Dodges with the Cummins are legendary for how long they just keep going and going. Mine has nearly 200K and just runs, gets good mileage, and can haul just about anything. ..


RE: Quality
By Andrwken on 11/21/2013 4:57:25 PM , Rating: 2
Hands down?

Based on what? Sales? Gm sells more light duty trucks than anyone "hands down". Does that translate into better trucks, no. But maybe you can explain to me what metric you used to come to that conclusion?


RE: Quality
By ethantom on 11/20/2013 10:44:46 AM , Rating: 2
7 years on my 2500HD with the Duramax, nothing but a rubber hose has been repaired. Maybe research before spewing garbage...


RE: Quality
By Jeffk464 on 11/20/2013 11:38:28 AM , Rating: 3
The diesel they are going to use is in other vehicles so there should be a reliability track record for it.


RE: Quality
By gookpwr on 11/20/2013 12:06:38 PM , Rating: 3
As a former contract Engineer that has designed assembly lines for all of the "Big 3" as well as Mercedes and a few others, I can tell you straight out GM puts the most money into making their vehicles the most solid. Government requires a maximum weld center to center gap of 1-1/2", that's what Chrysler builds their vehicles at, Ford builds theirs at a 1" gap and GM builds theirs with only a 3/4" gap making the body and frames far more rigid and solid. Not too mention the cost increase is huge having double the welds on their vehicles as say Chrysler.

That being said I've owned a '96 S10 that had a few issues like say the transfer case going out....twice... It was under warranty but it still didn't make me feel warm and fuzzy about my purchase. I've also owned a 2000 Firebirs and that car I drove hard for 11 years and it never had a single major problem. My '06 GTO was a beast, though built in Australia was a good car. I'm pretty sure anyone that's a car enthusiast will attest to the quality of the LS series of motors.

From personal experience both professional and personal I've seen the quality GM builds their vehicles with as well as enjoyed the quality power-trains at the heart of them.

I'm not saying GM is perfect by any means but they do spend some money on producing a quality vehicle.


RE: Quality
By mgilbert on 11/20/2013 2:37:25 PM , Rating: 1
I've owned over 20 vehicles, and have also followed Consumer Reports for years. And my experience has mirrored what CR says - American nameplates are still far behind others when it comes to quality. I've had trouble with every American vehicle I've owned, and none with any Japanese nameplate I've owned.


RE: Quality
By Spuke on 11/20/2013 4:21:46 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
I've had trouble with every American vehicle I've owned, and none with any Japanese nameplate I've owned.
I own two American cars, one truck and the other a sports car and both are trouble free with the sports car easily being the most reliable and cheapest to own car I've ever had. Previous to these two vehicles, I've owned nothing but Japanese imports. Although reliable, none hold a candle to my sports car. I've replaced a thermostat and a purge valve for the fuel tank. A whopping $40 for both parts. Can't say I've spent so little on ANY of my previous Japanese cars.


RE: Quality
By njnovel on 11/20/2013 8:55:37 PM , Rating: 2
I've got 06 Colorado 2.8 with 5 speed manual and just passed 447,000 miles today. Original engine and clutch but I did have to replace generator couple months ago.


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