Spied! 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon Caught Hot Weather Testing

By Trevor Dorchies | July 15, 2013
The compact truck market is about to get a little more competitive again. After bowing out of the North American market last year, General Motors has already decided to bring its compact truck offerings back to the market. Our shutter-happy spy photographer caught the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon twins doing some hot weather testing. Paragraphimage Besides the normal camouflage that adorns the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, we now have a better idea of what will be under the hood. For the first time, we have confirmation that a V-6 with variable valve timing and direct injection will the Colorado and Canyon. If you look closely, you can see in the photos of the engine that the cover has "V6 VVT" and "direct injection" stamped onto it. While we can't see every body crinkle, yet, the use of a V-6 engine in the Colorado and Canyon are proof positive that GM is beefing up its compact pickup offerings for the American market. The camouflage does cover up majority of both the Colorado and Canyon but we can still get a good idea of what GM is cooking up underneath it. The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado appears to sport the same grille seen on the full-size 2014 Chevrolet Silverado. Like the Silverado, the 2015 Colorado is wide up front, but appears to have more of a shape to it than that of the fist that doubles as the 2014 Silverado's nose. Same goes for the 2015 GMC Canyon, as it takes styling cues from its big brother, the 2014 GMC Sierra. The reason behind GM's decision to take the Colorado and Canyon off the table last year and then give it another go shortly thereafter is obvious. Crosstown rival Ford decided to pull the plug on its own compact pickup truck offering, the Ranger, and currently doesn't have any plans to bring it back to North America. However, rumors are already swirling around about the return of the Ranger to North America, with the most prominent one being that the Blue Oval boys want to see how the General fares before it makes any decisions. Nothing official has been announced yet by General Motors but speculation points to the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon arriving in showrooms by the middle of 2014. No matter when GM decides to spring its revised compact pickups on the North American market, it will have some shoulder room as both Ford and Ram have nothing to put up against the Colorado and Canyon. An interesting note, we're also hearing that GM may decide to rename both the Colorado and Canyon before each are released again as part of its relaunch in 2014. What say you? Is General Motors making a good move by bringing the compact pickup truck back to the states? Sound off in the comment section below.
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  • 2015 Gmc Canyon Spy Photo 01
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6 comments
Wonko
Wonko

It's about time!  Please offer one of these with the duramax diesel engine in a short bed quad cab.  You will clean up!

Joe Croteau
Joe Croteau

I would Love to have am a pickup but thte full size trucks cost as much as luxury cars. So I would be looking for a midsize truck with a mid size price. I Love GM and I have had Chevy's all my life. I hope they bring this truck to the states but don't forget to make it affordable to the blue collier worker.Keep up the good work GM

jo ann kloss
jo ann kloss

I want a 2015 chevy mid sized pickup with a 2.5 turbo 4-cylinder as soon as possible. I don't want to buy another Toyota. I was a chevy person for 40 years and my classic cars are chevy.. 

dieseldvm
dieseldvm

i agree with frank.  if the mid and full size were priced similarly i'd still buy the midsize, don't need the bigger truck.  there will be an improvement in mpg's because of weight and aerodynamics.  the real improvement in mpg's  will happen if gm brings the 4cyl duramax.  if gm decides to ignore those who prefer diesels, like myself, than the next best option would be the ram 1500 ecodiesel, bigger than i need but the most economical alternative.

Frank James
Frank James

If GM offers a fuel efficient V6 and I4 with this mid size truck they will sell millions. Direct injection and VVT please. I know so many people who have been waiting for an smaller fuel efficient truck from GM, Ford or Ram. Toyota and Nissan have this market all to themselves but not everyone wants to buy a Toyota or Nissan. In addition, no matter what the MPG many of us just don't want to dive huge trucks. Ford and Ram are pushing their full size trucks saying they get good MPG but even if a full size truck was to get identical fuel mileage to a smaller truck I would still want a smaller truck because its easier to maneuver and park in the city.

Frank James
Frank James

The majority of truck owners don't live on farms and only haul heavy loads once in a while. Most of us use it for hauling large stuff home from the store. BBQs, lumber furniture etc. Plus large trucks just don't share a 2 car garage very well unless you leave the other car outside which I refuse to do here in sunny hot Arizona. The sun here destroys vehicles. Also with higher gas prices small business owners like pool repair/cleaning guys and home repair guys need better MPG to increase profits.

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