Next Holden Colorado To Be Larger, Hints At Future Chevrolet6
Judging by comments from General Motors’ Australian subsidiary, Holden, we should expect a longer and wider next-generation Chevrolet Colorado.
WhichCar reported on Wednesday that the next Holden Colorado will grow to become longer and wider, and a Holden insider said the next truck will be engineered and built with the global market in mind. Therefore, we may see more similarities between the North American Chevrolet Colorado and Australia’s Holden Colorado.
Right now, the Holden Colorado shares some Isuzu engineering and chassis components. Holden and Isuzu have since dissolved the partnership.
The report added that things aren’t looking good for a gasoline-powered Colorado in Australia, however. Instead, it’s understood engineers will focus on diesel engines. Additionally, there’s no word on a hardcore Colorado variant similar to the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2. Holden Special Vehicles did recently release the SportsCat, which amplifies the current Colorado with more off-road goodies.
However, the next Colorado is still years away. The latest intel we received regarding the next-generation Colorado and GMC Canyon is a 2022 introduction.
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Australia? He was probably drunk
But seriously, that sucks if true. They should maintain size and increase interior volumes. Increase bed volume like what is being done on the 2019 full size. And optimize interior.
My only thought as to why they would increase the midsize footprint us to introduce the S10 again to slot under it as a unibody small truck.
Lets clear up some thing here first. The North American truck is already slightly larger now than the Holden Colorado.
Height 70.9″-72.9″ and width 74″-76″ is similar give an inch or two depending on if it is a Normal model to ZR2 or Denali vs the other Holden models.
Length is 200 inches vs 212.7.
Wheelbase is 121.8 to 128.30
Note too the Holden gets a shorter wall or lower wall on the bed too.
The coming Ranger wheel base is 126 inches for comparison.
The bottom line is the Holden and the American models do have some differences as it is now.
I would wager we may see a bump in some areas but no major wholesale size expansion on the truck for North America.
So, we have a larger Colorado coming and a larger 310hp 2.7L turbo-4 revealed the other day. GM should take the 2.7L, bumper the power up to about 350hp and maybe 390lb-ft of torque and throw that in the new Colorado ZR2 and also a Colorado RST pickup truck. You figure, a 350hp turbo truck like that with an AWD system, aggressive body work, big brakes, a snarly dual exhaust system, sporty interior and a few other things would make that a [email protected]$$ little street truck. Also, if Chevy were to take that and make that the base Camaro 1LE engine, they could just as easily take the 3.6L Twin turbo V6 from the now CTS V-Sport with 420hp and 430tq and have that as the mid engine, take the LT1 and bump that to 6.4l 396CI 480hp/475tq, have a mid 500hp Z/28 and on top of that have a 750hp ZL1 and call it a day. If GM were smart about their lineup the could use the new Alpha-2 platform for the Cruze, the Camaro and the Malibu and have those three as their car lineup, take the platform the new Colorado platform and put the Traverse on that so now you have a Colorado and a better Traverse and then take your Silverado platform and have the Silvarado, Tahoe and Suburban on that platform. Putting the Cruze on the Alpha-2 platform and making it a hatch-only car with a base 2.0L Turbo RS putting out 300hp with AWD, 4-piston front and rear calipers, dual exhaust system, etc. and then on top of that having a 350hp Cruze SS with 390lb-ft of torque with All wheel drive, a 10-speed automatic transmission, a more track-tuned adjustable magnetic ride suspension, Brembo brakes, Recaro heated and cooled seats, heated steering wheel, Camaro inspired interior, etc. would give GM a much better hatch than what the Focus RS was and the 300hp 2.0T would destroy the Focus ST. especially if both have either the 10-speed auto or a 6-speed manual. The Malibu would come in on the sedan platform (like the CTS) and offer the 2.0T, the 350hp 2.7L turbo, the 495hp 6.4L V8 and even a 750hp LT4 Chevelle SS trim would give the Chevy fans their dream come true. So at that point you have your whole entire car lineup worked out with three cars. The midsize truck & SUV lineup would come in next with the larger Colorado and the Traverse both on the same platform. To be honest, there’s no real need for anything smaller than a Colorado based SUV and both of those with a LT trim, an RST, a ZR2 and a high country model, GM would be set. The 2.0T, 2.7T, a 3.6TT, and a turbo diesel would be all that would be needed for them. The Blazer should be an off road variant of the Tahoe like the Trail Boss is for the Silverado and there needs to be a Silverado SS-396 added to the lineup of trucks as well. I would also say give us an SS Tahoe and the RST Suburban and there’s really nothing else needed in the way of the Chevrolet lineup. Oh yeah and there should be a 2500 Suburban with a full boar Duramax diesel V8 under the hood with a more rugged, off road or worksite setup.
The Australian Colorado should be identical to the US Colorado except RH drive. Need to keep Ford Ranger in the dust.
There are features I’ve seen on the US Colorado that are not present on any vehicle in its category in Australia even though our market has heaps more choice. Things like the extra long bed length option on the dual cab, those corner bed steps and diesel exhaust brake are options GM should look at including on the Holden Colorado, to give it a point of difference and appeal in the Australian market. With the increased popularity of RHD conversion large US pickups, having the long bed option on the dual cab would be good to have for people who would like one of the big US pickups but can’t afford it or don’t want the inconvenience of a more bulky vehicle.
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