Update: 2015 GMC Canyon NAIAS Debut
The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon have been seen testing in the desert before their official unveiling.
The Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon will fall into the small size pickup market, under the Silverado. The North American variant of the Colorado and Canyon will be built in Wentzville, Missouri.
Both trucks were seen in 4 door and extended cab variations, and are considerably bigger than the previous generation. Not much about the styling was shown underneath the camouflage, but a sloping rear roofline could easily be made out. This may lower the space inside the cabin, but the increased aerodynamics probably help fuel economy. The front grilles and emblems were visible through the front camo, taking styling cues from the Silverado. The outline of the front fenders was visible, showing a squared off angular look used in other midsize GM vehicles.
Not much is known about the possible engines at the moment, but it is likely we will see V6 variants similar to the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado or even a turbocharged 4 cylinder. A diesel has not been ruled out, especially given the expanding range of small diesels built by GM. With gas prices remaining high, it may be more likely to see a diesel than a V8. Available engines may also use technology such as direct injection and variable valve timing to maximize performance and efficiency.
The Colorado and Canyon were seen towing trailers, perhaps working on improving towing performance over the previous models. The increased size of the trucks hints at a more work focused vehicle, especially with the possibility of a diesel engine.
The official announcement of the 2015 Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon is expected to happen around the beginning of next year, possibly at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.