General Motors has just shared a teaser image of the upcoming 2021 Chevrolet S10 refresh for South America. The development confirms that the debut of Chevy’s international-market midsize pickup is imminent, as GM Authority exclusively reported in June.
The teaser image of the 2021 Chevrolet S10 shows a preview of the pickup’s revised front end, which will be one of the focal points of the refresh. From the photo, we can see an all-new grille, which includes elements inspired by the North American-market 2021 Chevrolet Colorado, which also saw a slight update.
Specifically, we can see the prominent horizontal grille bar connecting the headlights, followed by the CHEVROLET script, both of which have a dark finish. Additionally, the 2021 Chevrolet S10 pictured in the teaser image wears a small Bow Tie logo finished in gold and positioned on the bottom end of the front grille, offset towards the driver’s side of the truck. Chevrolet used this configuration for the first time on the 2019 Silverado 1500 (Work Truck and Custom models). The aesthetic then made its way to the 2020 Silverado HD (Work Truck, Custom, LT and LTZ models) as well as the 2021 Colorado ZR2.
Although it’s not entirely clear whether this will be the only front fascia of the 2021 Chevrolet S10, we believe that it will be a design specific to a trim level, potentially even a new one. Much like Chevrolet pickup trucks sold in North America, we expect the 2021 S10 to offer several different fascias that give each model its own unique personality.
The refresh is also expected to include other minor changes to the exterior design, along with an updated interior, and modifications to the equipment and trim levels. Soon after, these changes will also make their way to the 2021 Chevrolet TrailBlazer SUV (not to be confused with the 2021 Trailblazer crossover).
In fact, we spied the 2021 S10 refresh undergoing testing (pictured below) in Metro Detroit in December 2019. The prototype was a right-hand-drive unit, meaning that it was either a Holden Colorado (Australia / New Zealand) or Chevrolet Colorado (Thailand and other Southeast Asian markets). Incidentally, GM has withdrawn from both markets. Even so, the camouflaged front end seems to align with the teaser image.
The refreshed 2021 Chevrolet S10 will arrive at dealerships during the third quarter of 2020. It will first go on sale in Brazil, followed shortly thereafter by Argentina. Other select South American markets, where the S10 is sometimes sold under the Colorado moniker, will follow suit.
For South America, the Chevrolet S10 is produced at the GM Sao Jose Dos Campos plant in Brazil. It rides on a variant of the GMT 31XX platform shared with the TrailBlazer SUV. Another version of the same architecture underpins the North American-market Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon.
One final note: the release of the 2021 Chevrolet S10 teaser comes on the heels of GM commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Chevrolet S10 in Brazil. The milestone coincides with the production of one millionth S10 unit.