The small truck market in the US died somewhere in the early 2000s, with trucks like the S10 and the Ford Ranger just barely able to keep up. Since then, mid-size trucks have thrived overseas, entrants like the Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma have grown, and so have their full-size counterparts. It’s time we had a sensible, mid-size pickup that doesn’t break the scales or the bank.
We might just have that in the resurrected Chevrolet Colorado. Like it’s Silverado and Sierra siblings, the Colorado is an idea built and engineered from a dying market. In order for Chevy to make a run, they had to be sure that the new Colorado was something worth buying. And initial impressions tell us it is.
Under the hood, the new pickup sports a base inline-4 with 193 horsepower on tap. And that’s all well and good, but dish out some extra cash and you can opt for a 302-hp 3.6-liter V6. The V6 option gives the Colorado a towing capacity of over 6,700 pounds, which is more than any other midsize pickup can boast.
Later next year, Chevy will also be introducing a 2.8-liter turbo-diesel inline-4; an idea brought over from Chevy of Europe. Of course, all three of these engine trims comes with available 2WD or 4WD options.
Inside, we find a load of new technology ranging from OnStar and MyLink, navigation, a touch screen system and multiple USB drives. It’s one of the most fully-loaded mid-size pickups around. Production of this new Chevy is said to start sometime in 2014, with sales coming near the end of next year.
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