General Motors is getting back to the midsize pickup segment with all new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado. At this moment we do not have images of this vehicle but the one that we are providing is believed to be the closest one to the production version. There were few spy shots but all of those are with high level of camouflage.
GM ended its midsize pickup manufacturing last year, ceding the field to the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier (Ford ended UNITED STATE manufacturing of its Ranger midsize pickup in 2011). Even before their end nevertheless, the Colorado and Canyon were burdened inept powertrains and subpar interiors and never seriously objected to the Tacoma’s supremacy in the segment.
Chevy wants to start with a blank slate for its brand-new midsize, even to the point of considering a brand-new nameplate. GM officials say the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado, which changed the popular S-10, was only around for one generation– although a long one, almost a decade– which its name does not carry much equity in the U.S. More notably, Chevy wishes to position the new model as a way of living and sport-oriented truck, maybe leaving the workhorse chores to the GMC variation.
2015 Chevrolet Colorado Release Date
Early images of the 2015 Chevy Colorado or its ultimate namesake disclose a midsize body bigger than the previous generation. With a large bisected grille and thick, chunky outlines, the new model appears under its camouflage wrap like a compressed version of the redesigned Silverado full-size pickup.
That’s not a bad thing, especially if the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado ends up holding power similar to that of the larger truck, namely a new 4.3-liter V6 and six-speed automatic transmission. That leaves the most likely candidates as the 3.6-liter V6 found in the Equinox, a 2.4-liter four-cylinder from the Malibu, or maybe a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder for a “sport” model concentrated on fuel economy.
Whatever the engine and transmission options, the Colorado will need to offer towing ability anywhere from 3,500 to 6,500 pounds (for V6 models) to compete with the Frontier and Tacoma. A four-wheel-drive choice is also a must, and the Colorado will should do better than the 25 mpg highway mileage of its predecessor.
Interior upgrades shouldn’t be too difficult; even incremental gains in materials quality would mark a vast improvement over the last model. We expect the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado to offer cabin quality on par with the Cruze compact sedan, along with the current Chevy MyLink infotainment interface and smartphone integration, two elements that would offer it an edge over the Frontier’s relatively plain interior.
The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado begins production next year and ought to arrive by the fall of 2014. Already, a redesigned 2013 Toyota Tacoma should loom, and a brand-new Frontier not far behind. The only various other genuine alternative in this group is the 2013 Honda Ridgeline, although it faces an unpredictable future and its carlike frame lacks the sturdiness that the majority of truck purchasers want. Examine back for a full review of the new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado, consisting of specs, driving impressions and buying advice as it appears.