General Motors’ pickup truck line for the North American market is mighty robust, with models like the Chevy Silverado frequently slotting at the top of their segment with regard to sales volume. Nevertheless, General Motors currently does not offer a compact pickup truck model in North America, despite rivals offering something in the segment. Which leads us to ask – should GM build a compact pickup truck for North America?
For the moment, the smallest General Motors pickups offered in North America are the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon, both of which occupy the midsize segment. Meanwhile, rival automakers continue to offer compact models, such as the Ford Maverick and Hyundai Sant Cruz. There’s also the Ram Rampage, which has yet to be officially confirmed for the U.S. and Canada, but would also be considered a compact pickup rival.
Looking beyond the U.S. and Canada, General Motors does have at least one smaller pickup model on offer, specifically the Chevy Montana, which is sold in Mexico and South America. Unfortunately, the Montana presents a few issues when it comes to selling in in the U.S. or Canada – essentially, the Montana is a sub-compact pickup, rather than a compact, and it’s powered by a turbocharged 1.2L I3 engine producing 130 horsepower. As such, the Montana is actually a class below the Ford Maverick, and would be ill-suited for the U.S. and Canada.
It’s also worth mentioning the Chevy S10 Max, which is also sold in Mexico and South America, but is roughly the same size as the Chevy Colorado. The Chevy S10 Max is also essentially a rebadged and reengineered Maxus T70, sold from the third-party Chinese brand as the first Chinese-made pickup to wear a Chevy badge.
At this point, there are no plans at General Motors to build a new compact truck for North American. Nevertheless, if such a vehicle were made, we think it would likely be equipped with the turbocharged 2.0L I4 LSY gasoline engine, rated at 235 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.
But we want to know – do you think General Motors build a compact pickup truck for North America? Possible something wearing a Chevy or GMC badge at a more-affordable price point than the Chevy Colorado or GMC Canyon? Tell us by voting in the poll below, and be sure to subscribe to GM Authority for more General Motors business news, Chevy news, GMC news, and around-the-clock General Motors news coverage.