2015 Chevrolet Colorado High Country Debuts! – In Thailand
Global Midsize Gets Premium Trim Level – Preview of U.S. Model?
It’s official folks: The Chevrolet Colorado High Country has just debuted. But before you rush out to your local Chevy dealer to write a check, be advised you must live in Thailand to do so. Chevrolet announced the premium trim level for the Thai-spec truck on Monday in Bangkok. The Colorado High Country’s unique equipment includes Dark Chrome Mask headlight housings, a dual-tone grey and black grille and “nudge bar,” and a glossy B-pillar veneer. High Country badging is also applied to a rear buttress accent that shrouds the front of the bed and the rear window.
On the inside, the Colorado High Country gets a six-way power driver seat, premium Brown Stone leather, and piano-black interior trim. Bluetooth connectivity and Chevrolet’s MyLink system are also included, along with a rearview camera. Underhood, the Duramax 2.8L turbodiesel I-4 serves duty, making 200 hp and 369 lb-ft in this application.
In terms of pricing, the Colorado High Country starts at the equivalent of around $29,400 for the 2WD model and $31,230 for the 4WD model. Considering the Colorado Z71 we recently tested for our Pickup Truck of the Year competition totaled $36,710 for a well-equipped (though not lavishly) model, that seems like a pretty good deal to us.
Could this be a preview of a future U.S.-spec model? Possibly. However, GM might also be considering the unintentional humor of using the trim in the U.S., considering the eponymous state’s recent recreational legalization of cannabis. GM faced a similar situation in Canada a few years ago, when the Buick LaCrosse was quickly renamed the “Allure” for the Canadian market once it was discovered that “LaCrosse” was Quebecois slang for male self-pleasuring.
Source: General Motors