Chevy’s New 2013 Colorado – What To Expect
After a long wait, details surrounding the 2013/2014 Chevrolet Colorado are finally starting to emerge. Chevrolet’s line of trucks will be getting an update soon and we have the newest information.
Production of the “world version” of the Chevrolet Colorado is currently underway in Thailand, the country with the largest market for mid-size trucks in the world. Many automotive reviewers have already seen/drove the Thailand version. The truck market in Thailand has been an important testing ground for the Colorado and has helped GM decide to relaunch the Colorado in the North American market, likely in 2012 or 2013 as a 2013 or 2014 model.
The Chevrolet Colorado is a mid-size pickup and will compete with the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier. Historically, its appearance is tough and rough, akin to Chevrolet’s “Like a Rock” slogan. However, the new edition looks a bit more subtle. Its sharper edges have been smoothed a bit and its general design is more car-like, an important selling point in Thailand. This may have something to do with its increased size and revamped body-on-frame platform, not to mention the growing importance of aerodynamic design on vehicle fuel economy.
Keep in mind, the 2013 Colorado (or possibly 2014) will be a small truck under the new federal fuel economy regulations. It will have to be a strong performer in terms of gas mileage in order to satisfy new gas mileage laws.
The 2013 Chevrolet Colorado is marginally wider and longer than any previous model of the Colorado. This space is mostly used to give the vehicle more hip and headroom, as the legroom in the front seats actually decreased by about two inches. The interior has been changed up a little and looks stronger and sturdier using lots of hard plastics.
It’s hard to comment on the truck’s engine at this stage, as North American engine details are still up in the air. So far, the only model of the Chevrolet Colorado anybody has seen is a diesel and most experts expect the diesels will NOT be an option in America. The Thailand version use two kinds of Duramax turbo-diesels, a 2.5-liter and a 2.8-liter. It is more than likely that the American models will offer an I-4 and a smaller turbo V-6 with “ecoboost” capabilities, but nothing is certain.
Additional exterior details include:
- A streamlined “cab collar” design with a body-color hard tonneau cover on the bed
- Some sport models will likely wear 20-inch aluminum wheels featuring a “liquid metal” finish, or similar
- Outside mirrors with LED turn-signal indicators
General Motors also announced that it will invest approximately $380 million to prepare the Wentzville, Mo assembly plant for production of the all-new Chevrolet Colorado midsize pickup, creating or retaining about 1,260 jobs hourly and salaried jobs.
Since the power train is still being figured out, it’s hard to know a lot about the new Colorado’s capabilities. However, it’s a near certainty that the 2013/2014 models will have improved driving dynamics and handling compared to the old Colorado, as well as a lot less bounce and better steering than previous models.
While it’s clear that the 2013 Chevrolet Colorado is going to be much more like a regular car than the trucks that have come before it, General Motors hopes truck buyers will sacrifice some towing and hauling power for a smoother, car-like ride.
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