Spied! 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon Caught Hot Weather Testing
The compact truck market is about to get a little more competitive again. After bowing out of the North American market last year, General Motors has already decided to bring its compact truck offerings back to the market. Our shutter-happy spy photographer caught the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon twins doing some hot weather testing.
Besides the normal camouflage that adorns the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, we now have a better idea of what will be under the hood. For the first time, we have confirmation that a V-6 with variable valve timing and direct injection will the Colorado and Canyon. If you look closely, you can see in the photos of the engine that the cover has “V6 VVT” and “direct injection” stamped onto it. While we can’t see every body crinkle, yet, the use of a V-6 engine in the Colorado and Canyon are proof positive that GM is beefing up its compact pickup offerings for the American market.
The camouflage does cover up majority of both the Colorado and Canyon but we can still get a good idea of what GM is cooking up underneath it. The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado appears to sport the same grille seen on the full-size 2014 Chevrolet Silverado. Like the Silverado, the 2015 Colorado is wide up front, but appears to have more of a shape to it than that of the fist that doubles as the 2014 Silverado’s nose. Same goes for the 2015 GMC Canyon, as it takes styling cues from its big brother, the 2014 GMC Sierra.
The reason behind GM’s decision to take the Colorado and Canyon off the table last year and then give it another go shortly thereafter is obvious. Crosstown rival Ford decided to pull the plug on its own compact pickup truck offering, the Ranger, and currently doesn’t have any plans to bring it back to North America. However, rumors are already swirling around about the return of the Ranger to North America, with the most prominent one being that the Blue Oval boys want to see how the General fares before it makes any decisions.
Nothing official has been announced yet by General Motors but speculation points to the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon arriving in showrooms by the middle of 2014. No matter when GM decides to spring its revised compact pickups on the North American market, it will have some shoulder room as both Ford and Ram have nothing to put up against the Colorado and Canyon. An interesting note, we’re also hearing that GM may decide to rename both the Colorado and Canyon before each are released again as part of its relaunch in 2014.
What say you? Is General Motors making a good move by bringing the compact pickup truck back to the states? Sound off in the comment section below.
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