General Motors new line of midsize pickups, the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, are set to go on sale in time for the third-quarter of this year. When they arrive, they will be available with either a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, or a 3.6-liter LFX V6. However the third engine option, a 2.8-liter Duramax diesel, will arrive for the 2016 model year and it has just been spotted testing by PickupTrucks.com.
The Duramax-equipped Colorado was seen testing on the streets of Milford, Michigan not far from GM’s Milford Proving Grounds. Interestingly, in its company was a Volkswagen Amarok pickup, another mid-size truck offering which is currently available in Mexico, South America, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe with a range of 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engines and a 2.0-liter gasoline unit. The Amarok is not offered in North America, although rumors of it arriving stateside and in Canada have been circulating since its introduction in 2009. Autoblog reports VW is waiting on sales results from the Colorado and Canyon before it makes the decision to expand the Amarok’s availability.
The spy photos don’t reveal much about the Diesel canyon, as it looks identical to gasoline-equipped prototypes. However they do show its Venturi-style exhaust tip, which will most likely be the final production design for the diesel-equipped Colorado’s exhaust.
It’s unlikely that VW will bring the Amarok to North America, as many have said it is too small to be successful in the highly competitive and saturated North American pickup truck market. Depending on the sales performance of the Colorado and Canyon, VW may wait until the next-generation Amarok is ready to go head-to-head with the Americans. GM benchmarking the Colorado against the Amarok is indication that much like the Germans, they are keeping a close eye on the competition.
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