Spy Shots! 2014 Chevy Colorado and 2014 Chevy Impala Eco Caught Testing

By Matthew Askari | June 27, 2012
Chevrolet has been busy testing the new Colorado and Impala models, and thanks to some spy shots acquired for our sister websites, we can get a good idea of what to expect. Chevy Colorado and truck fans knew that the new Thai market Colorado that we had seen last year could be a forerunner of the truck we would end up with. GM then announced that it would indeed build the 2014 Chevy Colorado in its Wentzville, MO, factory, and engineers are currently working on altering the truck for the U.S. market.
There will be some pronounced changes: while the Thai market Colorado employs diesel engines, the U.S. version will be gasoline powered, possibly with a diesel option. The U.S. Colorado will also feature an updated face, as the front end of the Thai version bears older design language. The 2014 Chevy Colorado will also feature a newer interior, with the sporty gauge-cluster seen in Asia—and lifted from the Camaro—sure to make its way here, well.
As for the Chevy Impala, the times are a changin'. The Impala will be going green, with the 2014 Chevy Impala Eco being added to the range.  The Impala Eco will be a mild-hybrid version, and will sport Eco badges like the Chevy Malibu. The 2014 Impala will also have a few front-end changes, such as bright LEDs and a new grille. The newer grille will replace the Camaro-three-bar in favor of a solid insert—a Chevy bowtie serving as the back-drop to the Chevrolet logo. More details are expected as we get closer to the launches of both models next year. Source: Motor Trend (Colorado), Automobile (Impala)

As far as I'm concerned, if the new NA Chevy Colorado doesn't at least have a diesel opinion for us - they can fogetaboutit! The midsize pickup truck segment already has a couple of proven choices - the Tacoma and the Frontier. Chevy has to do something to step-up its game like delivering a diesel pickup that gets 30+ MPG highway and does well in the IIHS crash tests. That's not asking too much but I would be enough to be a game changer. The 2012 Colorado currently rates worst in the small pickup truck crash test category. I know Chevy can do better.