Caught! Global 2012 Chevrolet Colorado
This is a right-hand-drive prototype of the future Colorado, expected to go on sale in markets outside of the U.S. by late 2011, but not here or in Canada. We expect the U.S. version of the Colorado to cease production by 2010, but overseas, it's a different story: GM doesn't plan to shutter its Chevy Colorado production facility in Rayong, Thailand. The company recently received $445 million in loans to expand the plant for the next-gen Colorado, code named GMI-700, and to produce four-cylinder diesel engines. The truck shown is an extended cab model. It appears to be a bit larger than the current Thai Colorado, which has also shared its GMT355 platform with the Isuzu D-Max. The nose seems to share some front-end styling with the Chevy Equinox crossover. GM and Isuzu are not expected to share components after the new truck arrives. The two companies parted ways after GM sold its ownership stake in Isuzu in 2006. The new Colorado -- also known as the S-10 In Brazil -- will compete against the upcoming T6 Ford Ranger, new Volkswagen Amarok, and existing models from Mitsubishi, Toyota, and Nissan.
We can't show you the full photos online, but be sure to pick up the 2010 November/December issue of Truck Trend Magazine when it hits newsstands on September 28th to see more of the Global 2012 Chevrolet Colorado!