Chevrolet's Next Small-Truck To Debut In 2014
Small trucks once dominated the United States, but those times have come and gone. Or have they? Toyota still produces a very respectable compact truck and now, Chevrolet might go head-to-head with Toyota with a new small truck offering.
Previously, Chevrolet’s attempt at creating a small truck was disastrous. The Chevrolet Colorado and its sibling the GMC Canyon were failed attempts at the small truck, but GM is not going to give up that easily. A recent report by PickupTrucks stated that GM has plans to produce its next-generation truck in Thailand, where it currently sells quite well, and then export it to the United States market.
This new truck isn’t expected to reach the United States until 2014, two years after the production run of the Colorado and Canyon end. That means U.S. buyers will be without a GM small truck for a long two years.
The new truck will be built on the new GMI 700 body-on-frame global small truck platform. That being said, it remains unclear what will power the new truck or what sort of styling to expect, as well as how GM plans to redesign the truck for the United States market.
The 2011 Asian-spec truck will be shown at the 2011 Thailand International Motor Expo later this year.
Previously, Chevrolet had produced the S10 small pickup, which sold well in comparison to its replacement. The S10’s production life in the United States ran from 19842 to 2004
In other small truck news, Ford’s new Ranger, codenamed the T6, will start production later this year for other markets. This will leave the F-150 as the only truck option for Ford lovers.
Small truck buyers, if there are any out there, it seems for now, the Toyota Tacoma and the Nissan Frontier are the only options.