2015 Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon Shipped To DealersPosted in News on September 18, 2014
The midsize truck segment is about to get a little more interesting now that the 2015 Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon pickup trucks are shipping to dealers nationwide. The midsize truck segment has been pretty stagnant for the past couple of years with very little innovation for midsize truck consumers.
The 2015 Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon is not just an undersized Silverado or Sierra, it’s a whole different kind of truck. GM is aiming the Colorado at the tech savvy/outdoor enthusiast buyers on the coast, while the Canyon targets a more upscale clientele. They’re aimed at recapturing the midsize truck market with a whole host of technological features, great fuel economy and innovative styling. Both the 2015 Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon feature technologies like cabs and frames that are made with more than 72 percent high-strength steel, available active aero shutters to make the truck as aerodynamic as needed, and available OnStar with 4G LTE, creating a rolling Wi-Fi hotspot for up to seven mobile devices to connect to the internet.
The demand for these trucks is pretty significant and consumers have created more than 100,000 configurations of the trucks since the Colorado Build Your Own and Canyon Build Your Own websites went live on September 3. That’s not surprising considering that dealerships have placed 30,000 preorders because of the high demand for these all-new midsize trucks.
Early demand is so high for General Motors' new small pickup trucks that the company is hiring more workers to build them even before one is sold to the public. GM plans to add 750 workers around March to staff a third shift at its plant in Wentzville, Mo., west of St. Louis. The factory already employs 2,600 people who build the Colorado and Canyon as well as the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans.
The new workers at the Wentzville plant should earn around $16 per hour to start, less than the $28 per hour earned by longtime factory employees. GM already has added about 1,300 jobs and invested $513 million at Wentzville to build the new trucks.
The 2015 Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon are available with a 3.6-liter V-6 engine that is rated at 18 mpg city and 26 mpg highway in 2-wheel-drive form, making them the most fuel efficient V-6 engines in their class by a margin of three to five mpg better than the competition.
As if that wasn’t enough, the 2016 model year Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon will be available with a 2.8-liter Duramax turbodiesel engine which will no doubt have some impressive fuel economy numbers while delivering plenty of power and torque.
One thing’s for sure, we can’t wait to see the midsize truck wars finally come back!