There has been a lot of interest in this truck on American soil, and rightfully so as the mid-sized truck and its two all-new Duramax diesel engines began launching in Thailand earlier this month. The truck was developed by GM’s Brazilian division (along with a few American transplant engineers), rides on an all-new platform, and gets as much as 346 pound-feet of torque from its optional 2.8L Duramax four cylinder turbodiesel. For those keeping score at home, that’s a higher torque rating that what we currently see out of the basic 4.8L V8 featured in the larger Chevrolet Silverado. However, GM will officially announce engines for the U.S.-spec truck at a later date.
When the truck does finally make its way here, it may only see competition from Nissan and Toyota, as Ford and Ram have ducked out of the segment with no immediate plans of returning. Hopefully they can price the truck low enough to keep it from being cannibalized by the Silverado and all of its dealer rebates. Fingers crossed for an off-road-performance version.