The speculation stems from changes to General Motors’ international operations. As we covered back in February, GM is poised to withdraw the Chevrolet brand from the domestic market in Thailand by the end of the year. That includes an end to manufacturing operations in the country, with the automaker signing a binding agreement with Chinese company Great Wall Motors to sell its plant in Rayong.
In addition to building global-variants of the Chevrolet Colorado and Chevrolet Trailblazer, Rayong also produces the turbodiesel 2.8L inline four-cylinder LWN Duramax engine – the same engine used in the Chevrolet Colorado diesel and GMC Canyon diesel.
As such, it’s possible that these two diesel-powered pickups could disappear beyond the 2021 model year, potentially as soon as the 2022 model year as Chevy pulls out of Thailand.
We reached out to General Motors for clarification, but the automaker would neither confirm nor deny if the Chevrolet Colorado diesel or GMC Canyon diesel would stick around beyond the 2021 model year. It’s possible that the automaker could move engine production to another plant, but at this point, it’s unclear exactly what will happen.
The diesel engine option is a major differentiator for the Colorado and Canyon in the highly competitive U.S. midsize truck segment. Major competitors like the Toyota Tacoma, Ford Ranger, and Nissan Frontier only offer gas-powered engines. Meanwhile, the Jeep Gladiator will offer a diesel option sometime this year, but it is currently only available with a gas-powered engine.
We’ll make sure to follow this story as it develops, and will post any updates as we receive them.
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