Chevrolet will introduce a new 2015 Colorado midsize pickup truck next week at the Los Angeles Auto Show. This past week, the automaker released a teaser photo of the new truck under a sheet next to its larger counterparts, the recently-redesigned Silverado 1500 and Silverado HD.
The Colorado and its platform mate, the GMC Canyon, were last sold in the U.S. through the 2012 model year, when they were put out to pasture. Since then, the market for proper midsize trucks has shrunken down to only the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier.
In a statement, Chevy says the new "Colorado is engineered to be the most capable, most versatile and technologically advanced midsized truck in the market."
Based on the photo and other speculation, Pickuptrucks.com predicts that the Colorado "will be something of a downsized new Silverado, with more attention to weight savings, aerodynamics and targeted capability than any little pickup that has come before it." The publication says there may be much interest among families and younger drivers for a truck that gets better fuel economy, costs less and is easier to park than a full-size pickup truck.
Chevrolet has been tight-lipped regarding specific capabilities and powertrains for the new Colorado. However, publications such as Automobile Magazine expect the new truck to be offered with a direct-injection six-cylinder engine and possibly even a diesel engine, which would be the only diesel offering in the segment.
Car and Driver says the 2015 Colorado is based on a model already on sale in other markets, but has been informed that the North American version has been "totally re-engineered" for our market.
The 2015 Chevy Colorado will be revealed on November 20. You can watch the reveal in real time on YouTube.
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