With the new Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 pickup trucks substantially increasing in size (they now are as big as the outgoing HD models), the smaller next-generation, North American-spec Colorado and Canyon pickup trucks seem to be following suit in growing their dimensions.
Even though the trucks are “smaller” than the new line of full-sized trucks, these new “mid-sized” pickups aren’t too far from the full-sized models at all. Just look at those proportions. We would go as far as to say these new trucks are about as tall and as long as the outgoing Silverado and Sierra 1500, albeit a tad narrower. Their size is really amplified in crew cab form, as seen in the spy photo.
Speculation has it that these trucks will be powered by GM’s new 4.3L EcoTec3 V6, with maybe a surprise appearance from a 5.3L V8 and a light-duty diesel, like the ones featured in the international Colorado. And considering that the trucks are still at least another year out, an eight-speed transmission should be in the cards as well.
This size escalation also leaves us wondering if will we see the return of a true small truck down the road. We can certainly hope.
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