General Motors Begins Upgrading Missouri Plant for Next-Gen Chevy Colorado
New Midsize Truck Expected to Launch After New Fullsize Models
While crosstown rivals Ford and Chrysler seem to be abandoning the compact/midsize pickup market in the U.S., General Motors is committed to the segment and will bring a successor to the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon to the U.S. How committed is GM to these new trucks? Enough that it's expected to make a $380 million investment in its Wentzville, Missouri plant to gear up for production of the new models. The suburban St. Louis plant currently produces the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana fullsize vans.
The current Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon are produced at GM's Shreveport, Louisiana plant, which also produced the late HUMMER H3 and H3T. The Shreveport plant is expected to close this August when the Colorado and Canyon are discontinued.
Before the new midsizer - we don't know if the Canyon will return alongside the Colorado -- hit showrooms, GM will be focusing its efforts on its all-new fullsize truck models, expected to go on-sale in early calendar 2013 as 2014 models.
Few specific details are known about the new U.S.-spec trucks, other than the fact that they will likely share dimensions and most of the styling of the recently-unveiled global Colorado. Powertrains will likely be different, as the global Colorado is offered exclusively with diesel engines, though its possible that at least one diesel will be offered in the U.S. GM has already announced that a diesel version of the Chevy Cruze compact sedan is on its way and tightening CAFE standards make a diesel a logical choice for a truck to maintain its towing and hauling capabilities while achieving competitive fuel efficiency.
Source: The Detroit News