At the L.A. Auto Show this week, Chevrolet finally rolled out its new, long-teased small pickup. Originally developed in Brazil, it has been on sale overseas for three years, but the version we saw this week is decidedly updated for the U.S. market.
The Colorado is certainly much fresher than its 10-year-old competitors, the Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma, and it looks quite modern in contrast. As expected, General Motors will sell a GMC Canyon twin to this truck.
The new Colorado and Canyon are a little taller and longer, but narrower, than the segment’s best-selling competitor, the Tacoma in the popular Crew Cab short-bed configuration. The trucks will initially come with a choice of a 193-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine or GM’s excellent 3.6-liter V6, putting out 302 hp. Both will be backed by a standard six-speed automatic transmission and a choice of rear- or four-wheel drive. The V6 versions will offer a tow-haul mode, though GM has not released towing capacities yet.
Buyers can choose three body configurations: an extended cab model, with a 6-ft. 2-in bed; a Crew Cab, with a 5-ft. 2-in. bed, and a Crew Cab, with the long bed.
The Colorado will come with many big-truck features found in the high-scoring, redesigned Chevrolet Silverado: a spring-loaded tailgate for stress-free lifting, bumper steps to make it easy to climb in back, moveable tie-down rings, and standard bedside and tailgate protectors.