It's official: the next-generation Chevrolet Colorado midsize truck will be joined by a GMC Canyon variant. Though we aren't fans of badge engineering, it's not surprising that GM's truck- and SUV-specific division will get a U.S.-spec version of the new Colorado.

2012 GMC Canyon SLT left front 11 300x187 imageWhile details are few and far between about the next-gen GMC Canyon (Detroit Editor Todd Lassa reports that GM wouldn't even comment on a model or calendar year for the new midsize truck), it'll likely mirror the new Chevy Colorado's option sheet. The new 2014 Colorado, currently in production in Thailand for global markets, is powered by a 2.5-liter or 2.8-liter turbodiesel I-4. No word on what powertrains will make their way into the U.S.-spec Colorado or GMC Canyon, but smart money says a gas-powered engine will be standard on the new midsize trucks here in the United States. Expect the new truck to be available with two- or four-wheel drive, and offer a six-speed automatic.

GMC diagram nine new models in 12 months 300x187 imageGMC may also have an updated Sierra, Sierra HD, Yukon, and Yukon XL on the way in the next 12 months but it intends to focus on the long-neglected compact and midsize truck segment.

"We know that there is a group of customers who want the functionality of a truck but may not need full-size pickup," said Tony DiSalle, vice president of Buick and GMC Marketing, in a press release. "We believe that introducing a new, agile and efficient mid-size Canyon will meet the needs of many pickup buyers."

The next-gen GMC Canyon will probably be unveiled sometime next year, and launched as a 2014 or 2015 model.

Source: GM