We just learned that GM has made it official that they are bringing back the GMC Canyon and Chevy Colorado pickups by releasing a mysterious photo of the grille and lights on both trucks. Honestly, we can’t say we’re all that excited. In the truck world, that’s like a hot model flashing you some shoulder – interesting maybe, but it’s nothing to write home about.
The photo was unveiled today at the Center for Automotive Research Management Briefing Seminar by General Motors Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Dan Ammann. He gave a first look at the next-generation Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups which they claim are designed to be capable, versatile and fuel-efficient alternatives to full-size pickups. That’s a hard thing to accomplish since these trucks were already killed off before because they simply couldn’t compete against the full-size or mid-size market in the U.S., moving only 67,866 total units during their last year of production before the plug was finally pulled. Maybe they’ll fair better this time around if they give them a mini torque monster V6 to get them moving in a hurry or at the very least so they can get out of their own way. Perhaps something along the lines of the 2013 Camaro 3.6-liter 323-Horsepower V6 would be just the ticket to convince buyers to fork over their hard-earned cash.
We can honestly say we we’re never really big fans of the older Canyon and Colorado trucks but it’s promising that GM is going to build a midsize truck once again. We can only hope the rest of the truck looks great once it’s fully unveiled. These trucks are trying to fill the void that was left when the production of the S-10 and Sonoma ended in 2004.
According to GM, production is scheduled to start in 2014 at their Wentzville, Missouri assembly center.
Since we know you’re more interested in seeing these trucks beefed up to play in the dirt, we thought we’d share some photos of Past Colorado and Canyon off road rigs with you. Check out how far you can take one of the older trucks! Who knows, maybe you’ll be one of the first to stuff a solid axle or long travel suspension under the front of a new mini monster mid-size GM truck!