2012 Chevrolet Colorado to Debut at Bangkok Motor Show
With the 2011 Bangkok International Motor Show just weeks away, Chevrolet has released a teaser image of its forthcoming Colorado pickup truck. The truck will be previewed at the Bangkok show, but in preproduction form.
The decision by GM to use the 32nd Bangkok International Motor Show to take the wraps off the new design is hardly surprising. One tonne pickup trucks are very popular in Thailand, and in 2010 over 40% of all vehicles sold in the kingdom were in this category.
Thailand will also continue to be the base for production of the Colorado following the introduction of the new model later in 2011.
The new Colorado looks to be returning to the bold styling which more closely resembles the 2004 model that won fans in Thailand, and backs away from the more conservative approach taken with the rather bland 2008 facelift. Although the headlamps aren't split horizontally, the two-sections on the grille are much larger and more pronounced now, and the truck will be instantly recognisable as a Chevy.
No word yet on technical specifications, but some new engines are almost certain. The current Colorado, although a 2004 model, is based on the 2002 Isuzu D-Max platform. In the time since, the engines have progressed somewhat, but GM are likely to follow the current trend of reducing the engine size, and perhaps even limiting to a single capacity, while offering various power levels.
Expect more details to emerge during and after the Motor Show.
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