GM has just announced the Chevrolet Colorado RS Limited Edition – a new package for the popular Colorado midsize pickup truck inspired by street performance. The only caveat is that the announcement is for the Thai market, where the Colorado sports significant differences in cab/bed configurations, powertrain, interior and capabilities compared to the model sold in North America, despite the two trucks sharing a name and the GMT31 platform. On to the actual truck.
Available with either the Extended Cab or Crew Cab body styles, but only on the LT trim level, the Chevrolet Colorado RS is distinguished by a lower stance and two-tone paint. Four primary body colors are offered, including red, orange, blue and white. Meanwhile, the other major body color is black, which adorns the grille, hood, roof, tailgate and mirror caps.
As is typical for special versions of the international-market Colorado, the package also incorporates darkened headlights and a black Chevrolet bowtie logo.
In addition, the Chevrolet Colorado RS Edition also features a discreet nudge bar integrated into the front bumper, along with an exclusive red RS badge on the horizontal bar of the front grille. Interestingly, there is no rear bumper, further underlining the model’s street character.
“With the RS, we wanted to give customers a unique platform to express their personal style. With its low stance and rebellious styling, Colorado RS is ready to do double duty as both a highly capable work truck and lifestyle vehicle,” Sean Poppitt, Director of Marketing and Communications at GM Southeast Asia, said in a statement.
To that end, the new Chevrolet Colorado RS is a nod to the culture of pickup customization in Thailand, where many customers install accessories, modifications and other ornaments on their trucks.
“Personal expression is an important part of pickup truck culture, both in Thailand and in America. The Colorado RS is a tribute to truck customers who want to go their own way. RS provides the perfect platform for customers to add their own personal stamp on Chevrolet’s signature styling,” Poppitt added.
Mechanically, the Chevrolet Colorado RS Edition features exactly the same powertrain combination as in the LT trim level – the 2.5L XLD25 four-cylinder Duramax engine that produces 163 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, coupled with a 6-speed manual transmission. The RS Edition model is only available in rear-wheel drive – exactly what the doctor ordered for a street truck.
Customers can currently reserve the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado RS Edition at Chevrolet dealers across Thailand. Pricing starts at 675,000 THB (around $22,360 USD) for the Extended Cab and 799,000 ($26,467 USD) for the Crew Cab. Like all Chevrolet Colorado models sold in Southeast Asia and Oceania, the model is produced at the GM Rayong Plant by GM Thailand. Only 200 units will be made available for the Thai market.
In North America, GM also offers a sporty street-style Chevrolet Colorado in the Colorado RST Special Edition announced a year ago. Like the international-market Colorado, the North American-market Colorado RST (Rally Sport Truck) is available as a package exclusively on the LT trim level and includes the following features:
- Black beltline molding
- Spray-on bedliner
- 255/55R20 all-season blackwall tires
- 20″ Low Gloss Black aluminum wheels
- CHEVROLET lettered grille
- Rear Black bowtie
- RST Badge
- Black bodyside molding
- Black Colorado nameplate
And unlike the Thai-market model, the Colorado RST comes with a rear bumper.