Chevrolet Colorado Midsize Diesel Truck Ready for Launch...Overseas

By Zach Gale | September 21, 2011
Final testing of the all-new Colorado Chevrolet diesel-powered midsize pickup is wrapping up as production nears for markets including the Middle East, South America, Africa, and Asia. No, we didn't forget to mention any markets for the new Colorado. While General Motors still hasn't officially confirmed whether we'll get a version of the new Colorado to replace the aging Colorado/Canyon twins currently on dealer lots, it’s an open secret that an all-new, U.S.-spec Colorado is in the offing as well. Paragraphimage What GM representative Tom Wilkinson would say is this: "we are looking at a midsize truck for the U.S. market." Once the company finishes launching the new Colorado around the globe, we'll likely get more information on when we’ll get our model, which is likely to be much different than the truck you see here, and probably won’t be fitted with a diesel – at least initially. Since Thailand will be the first market to get the crew and extended cab Colorado trucks, the GM testing team lived in the country to gain a better understanding of exactly how the Chevy pickups will be used. “We know customers of this type of vehicle want a workhorse and a daily-use vehicle all in one, so our product has to deliver. We have benchmarked the toughest, most flexible vehicles around the world,” said Chevrolet Colorado Chief Engineer Roberto Rempel. “When you combine that approach with our detailed consideration of global expectations, we are confident the new Colorado will be a winner.” At this point it’s unclear how much reengineering the global Colorado would require in order to make it to American roads. For now, the new Colorado is powered by 2.5- and 2.8-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder engines. Is a diesel-powered midsize truck for the U.S. indeed a possibility? Wilkinson would only say that GM can work with a "global powertrain portfolio." In other words, stay tuned. If a diesel-powered Chevrolet Colorado truck were offered at a slight price premium compared to the current model, would you consider purchasing one? Tell us what you think in the comments section below. Source: GM
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21 comments
Bill Farley
Bill Farley

The diesel revolution should take place, but the price of diesel makes it comparable to high test gasoline plus 5%.  Fuel economy of 6 cylinder gas engine is good.  Also the type of diesel is a high revolution diesel that may not have the comparable longetivity of the typical industrial diesel we maybe subconsioucly comparing the high rev 4 cylinders that may have to be used.  So while a cool factor just unsure it would work if the price differential is too high compared to gas. 

Donald J Loughran
Donald J Loughran

Absolutely!  Have been following the Nissan and Dodge project for years...and how about following the railroad's long history of success with a "diesel-electric"?  I need the torque of a diesel with the fuel economy, but would like something that would fit into my garage (my 2011 Dodge single cab barely fits). Something dual-cab the size of a Tacoma or Frontier would be great with a 4-banger diesel putting out around 250 h.p. and 400 fp of torque.

nobody2you
nobody2you

Yes I would buy a D.I.E.S.E.L. midsized pu like the colorado, like right now. I refuse to buy a full sized pu to get a diesel. if GM or ford does not bring their midsized truck to the usa I will buy a toyota even though it is a gasoline model. I only want a midsized truck. and I prefer a DIESEL!..

Kip Rodecker
Kip Rodecker

If I could import a HiLux diesel I would do so immediately. I've been waiting for a mid-size diesel pickup for years. I'll sell my Ranger and buy one as soon as GMC, Toyota or Ford offer the diesel option. Incidentally, I have wondered for years why the big mfg's haven't filled this market segment... Pressure from 'Big Oil', some arcane politics, abject stupidity, high cost of obtaining gov't approval or what??? A mystery to me but then I ain't too bright...

Paul Louw
Paul Louw

We "need" a small diesel engine to offset the price of gas. Other countries have proven the popularity of smaller diesel engines in a pickup and I am sure these would sell in the US as well. I would definitely buy one should it be introduced.

Charlie Belle
Charlie Belle

I guess we can all see were Government Motors' priority lays. GM did put out a disel verision in the early 1980's S10/15 but sales at that time were hampered by low gas prices. Now I think it would do well here.

DrLou
DrLou

I too would love a diesel powered manual transmission Colorado especially if the new Colorado does well in the crash tests.

Rich
Rich

I used to have one, but will not buy another new over-powered, poor gas milage big V-8 GM truck that won't fit in my garage and costs too much money to commute in. I would definately like to buy a smaller reasonably priced diesel truck.

TallTower
TallTower

I'll buy one, have an old 1500 I'm keeping until something better comes out, and I'm not see that happen this year.

Tom
Tom

I would preorder one today if they would offer it

costan
costan

I would trade in my 2500 chevy for a diesel Colorado if one comes available. My last truck was a Dodge diesel and I loved the fuel economy but not the less than average dependability. A combination of the GM toughness plus great gas milage would be a winner in my opinion.

Rob Brewster
Rob Brewster

I will sell my Toyota in a heart beat if the new Colorado was available in a diesel. The first company to the finish will dominate the mid sized truck market.

nick m
nick m

There isn't a day I wish my 2010 Colorado 5 speed 4x4 had a diesel. Would trade up immediately. Can we get a petition going ?!

Michael Glick
Michael Glick

I had a Toyota diesel 25 years ago and have sorry I didn't keep it. If you bring this truck to the US I'll buy one. With the clean diesel now there is no reason not to. If you can get past all the government red tape.

Ed Reardon
Ed Reardon

most of us do not need full sized truck, and even the mid-sized are now as big as the full sized used to be. Price at the pump drives the market, but will manufacturers follow with more reasonably sized trucks? this one might fit the bill - but will the US Government regulate emissions so tightly to preclude such an adventure by GM? probably, but NOT in the rest of the world - why so tough here? Good luck GM!

jim
jim

i have been kicking myself for not buying a diesel mid size truck back in the 80's .Who ever brings a diesel mid sized truck to the US first will sell my one.I like my gmc sonoma but would the mileage and durability of a diesel.A mid sized pickup with a diesel and a 6 speed manual transmission is what i'm looking for.

bill
bill

You bet! Just what I have been waiting for. I like the fuel economy of diesel but I do not need a large 3/4 ton. I will be waiting on the new colorado.

Robert Statler
Robert Statler

You bet that would sell like hot cakes.I would love to have one.I always was thinking about putting a cummings 4bt in one.COOOOL

m munoz
m munoz

we want.... D I E S E L would buy tomorrow

Robin Hood
Robin Hood

I've been waiting for a mid size diesel pickup for years. It gets annoying watching the UK version of top gear where they drive their Toyota diesel trucks to the north pole. The american car makers have glass stomachs. What's that you ask, it means their heads are so far up their a--, they need a glass stomach to see where they are going.

Bill Leavens
Bill Leavens

Do I want a diesel powered manual transmission extended cab Colorado?? Abso-freaking-lutely. Small trucks are all about utility and efficiency. Diesel engines are all about utility and efficiency. Am I missing something here? Or is the new GM??

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