2011 Frankfurt Auto Show: Chevrolet Colorado Rally Concept
2011 Frankfurt Auto Show
GM has now shown its concept for a global midsize pickup truck in every major market, except the United States, where the current thinking is that customers want to pay $12,000 for a compact pickup, while manufacturers want to sell trucks that cost $20,000 - hence the disconnect and lack of new product.
But we digress. This is the Chevrolet Colorado Rally, a version of the show truck done up like an off-road rally truck. It was already shown at the Buenos Aires auto show - a good idea since the Dakar rally is now run in South America. Now it's here in Frankfurt, suggesting that GM plans to build a truck to compete with the Euro-spec Toyota Hilux, Nissan Navara, Ford Ranger (the new one) and so on.
Mechanical specifics are scant, but Chevy says the concept is all-wheel drive and uses a 2.8-liter turbodiesel engine. Any production truck would undoubtedly be body-on-frame and rear-drive-based (with optional 4WD/AWD) like the current Colorado.
The design work for the concept happened in South America, and based on these results, GM should assign this studio a lot more projects. This truck looks far cooler than the old Colorado/Canyon twins. Also, if you're wondering, this guy is the only male model on the entire GM stand.