Would it still be classified as mid-size?
General Motors struck gold when it launched the current generation Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon back in 2015. While Ford considered the mid-size pickup truck segment as dead, GM saw opportunity, and the gamble paid off. So much so that Ford has just re-launched the Ranger. Toyota was also forced to upgrade its well-regarded Tacoma after letting it be for some time. While the Colorado/Canyon have made their marks, what's the plan with their successors?
Australian news site Whichcar.com, via GM Authority, has learned the next generation Colorado will be both longer and wider. It's sold as the Holden Colorado Down Under. The information comes from a Holden inside source who also confirmed the new truck will be engineered as a global vehicle, meaning the US market and Australian versions will have more in common. It's also important to note the current Colorados are not exact duplicates of one another, as the Australian market version has some Isuzu components, though that partnership no longer exists. The report goes on to add that a gasoline-engined Colorado is not likely to happen.
Only diesel power is expected, but that won't likely be the case for the US. The Colorado sold here is powered by a choice of three engines: a 2.5-liter inline-four, a 3.6-liter V6 and a 2.8-liter Duramax turbo diesel. We previously sampled the V6 in the ZR2 off-road champ and noted the Colorado's ideal size; not too big and not too small. Also bear in mind that the next Colorado is still quite some time away, 2021 at the earliest. So what we're hearing today regarding an increase in size could be a bit premature. If the dimensions are increased then we can't imagine a major growth spurt as that would bring the Colorado closer in size to the Silverado 1500.