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Coming to America? Chevrolet Unveils Latest Colorado in Thailand

By Trevor Dorchies | October 05, 2011
After months of speculation Chevrolet pulled the cover off its latest version of the mid-size Colorado pickup truck in Thailand today. A team of Chevy engineers from Brazil designed the mid-size truck which will be sold in 60 countries around the globe including Thailand and Southeast Asia. The team lived in Thailand during development of the Colorado to get a better idea of how to address market needs. The latest Colorado shares similar styling cues with recent concept trucks rolled out by Chevy. There's also an undeniable resemblance to the four-door Malibu's dual-port grille and headlights. All Colorado models possess the trademark grille and gold bowtie but higher-end trims receive chrome accents for the door handles and mirrors. LED taillights also make its debut on all factory assembled Colorado's, a first for any Chevy truck. Conventional interior styling cues contrast with the Ice Blue LEDs illuminating the climate controls and instrument cluster. A USB port, auxiliary plug, and auxiliary power are now standard in every model offered. Chevy's trademark dual-cockpit design and center stack also make an appearance on the latest Colorado. Storage space was a focal point for the mid-size Colorado, with 16 storage locations found on the regular cab, 19 on the extended cab, and 30 on the crew cab, respectively. Three Colorado models will be available, the usual Chevy suspects of LS, LT, and LTZ. Customers in Thailand will be able to configure the Colorado in 26 different ways including different trims, cabins, powertrains, ride height, wide- and narrow-body styles, and rear- or four-wheel drive. Two engine configurations will be offered: A 2.5-liter four-cylinder Duramax turbo-diesel rated at 150 horsepower, or a 2.8-liter engine producing 180 horsepower. A five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission can be mated to either engine. Chevy says the engines are very durable with most parts expected to last over 148,000 miles. Both engines were designed with a broad torque curve in mind while still being fuel efficient. While General Motors has yet to confirm the Colorado's arrival stateside the latest agreement between the UAW and GM could open the door for that to happen. The latest pact between the UAW and GM consisted of an arrangement to build a mid-size truck at a facility in Missouri. Automotive.com's take: All signs point to an American-built Colorado to patrol roads stateside in the near future. Most likely to be assembled at the Wentzville, Missouri facility, the latest Colorado would replace the current Colorado and GMC Canyon. Both models haven't been updated since its release in 2004. Source: Chevrolet
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4 comments
CHARONDA JORDAN
CHARONDA JORDAN

I love how ya'll cars are made with the two engines thats cool im only 14 soo i really dont know what im talking bout but its look fun

rYAWN
rYAWN

I would have this over the Subie and the Evo. They're both great cars to be sure but there is a level of refinement that is present in the Golf that just isn't there in the other two. Anyone thats sat in them all knows that to be true.

Joel A
Joel A

Believe it when I see -- and driving -- it

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