Americans continue to be on the outside looking in when it comes to a proper midsize truck offering. But it won’t be for much longer, as GM’s Wentzville, Missouri plant is busy retooling itself thanks to a $380 million expansion commitment that broke ground a month ago. And on the north end of the country, engineers are busy prepping a new Chevy Colorado for the U.S. market. And while they’re at it, a new GMC Canyon.
Unfortunately, the process isn’t as simple as importing the current new Colorado, which is built in Thailand, across the Pacific and into American dealer lots. As the new Colorado was not originally intended for America, it was not built to pass U.S. market requirements. Additionally, according to the Pickuptrucks.com’s spy photographers, engineers are also busy testing powertrains different from the 2.5 and 2.8-liter Duramax diesel-powered mills observed in Asia.
The account hints that the base Chevy Colorado bound for the United States will come with a gasoline-powered four-cylinder engine — speculated to be either the new turbocharged 2.0L or naturally breathing 2.5L Ecotec engines. A potent 3.6L LFX V6 would be the range-topping gasoline engine, but there’s a notion that a diesel offering won’t make it into the fold. Our intuition disagrees with that. And between all of the engineering and retooling work that needs to be done, Americans will be lucky to see the truck by the late 2014 model year, if not the 2015 model year.
Lastly, the left-hand-drive trucks remain heavily shrouded because we’re told that their appearance will be different from what Chevrolet is currently launching around the rest of the world.