Boldly styled vehicle previews next-generation midsize pickup
Chevrolet revealed the Colorado Show Pickup in advance of the Bangkok International Auto Show on March 22nd, 2011, where it is making its global public debut. The concept previews the next-generation Colorado midsize pickup, which will build on Chevrolet’s strong pickup DNA and award-winning heritage. The Colorado goes on sale in Thailand later this year.
“Thailand is the world’s-largest market for midsize pickups, so this was the perfect location in which to unveil our new Colorado,” said Susan Docherty, vice president, GMIO Sales, Marketing and Aftersales. “Pickups have been part of Chevrolet’s core for nearly all of its 100-year history. The Colorado reinforces that heritage with expressive design, refinement and uncompromising capability.”
The show pickup features an extended-cab body atop a high-stance AWD chassis and rides on large, 20-inch wheels and off-road tires. Power comes from an efficient 2.8L turbo-diesel engine, which produces a broad torque band for excellent cargo and towing capability.
“Although this is a show vehicle, the basic proportions and form convey the vision for the next-generation Colorado that we will bring to market,” said Brad Merkel, GM's global vehicle line executive. “It reflects a stylized version of the new pickup, one that takes into account rugged dependable pickup capabilities for commercial use as well as sophisticated refinement for personal-use needs.”
While the new Colorado was developed within GM’s global product development organization, engineers took careful steps to ensure it would meet local market needs. Roberto Rempel, GM's global vehicle chief engineer, lived in Thailand for several months during the pickup’s development, immersing himself in the market and observing how the Thai people use their pickups and the road conditions they experience.
“Pickups are instrumental in the vibrant Thai economy and owners take great pride in their vehicles, which are used for both work and personal driving,” he said. “These customers ask a lot of their pickups, so the powertrains and chassis must be very robust to earn their trust – and that’s exactly what we’ve delivered.”
The Colorado show pickup’s purposeful design conveys strength through bodywork that appears tightly wrapped over the chassis and a wide, confident stance. In the front, Chevrolet’s internationally recognized gold bowtie and dual-port grille are framed by large headlamps that flow into the front fenders, and an extractor vent on the hood.
“Around the globe, pickups are associated with strength, capability and function – and that’s exactly what the Colorado show pickup embodies,” said Ed Welburn, GM vice president of Global Design. “Its broad-shouldered proportions are derived from nearly a century of Chevrolet pickup heritage.”
Pepperdust Metallic exterior paint is accented with polished aluminum details in the fascias, as well as integrated side steps and black-masked projector-style headlamps with LED lighting elements. At the rear is a full-width LED-lit taillamp, which creates a striking appearance when illuminated.
Additional exterior details include:
- A streamlined “cab collar” design with a body-color hard tonneau cover on the bed
- Gray accents on the side, front and rear lower moldings
- 20-inch aluminum wheels featuring a “liquid metal” finish, with Stone Gray color wheel ports
- Cooper 285/50R20 ZEON LTZ tires
- Outside mirrors with LED turn-signal indicators.
Inside, there’s another signature Chevrolet cue: a dual-cockpit instrument panel design. It flows into the doors, with continuous lines that create a floating, wraparound effect, amplifying the Colorado’s feeling of spaciousness. Ice-blue lighting and high-quality, “double-faced” leather-trimmed seats add sophistication and refinement.
“The interior is designed to deliver a premium and inviting environment, with a greater feeling of spaciousness than is typically found in midsize pickups,” said Welburn. “There’s also great attention to detail in the execution of the features you see and feel.”
A brace of motorcycle-inspired, three-dimensional gauges stand out on the instrument panel, projecting a sporty appearance.
Contrasting trim used with the light-colored leather seating, dark wood trim accented with chrome and low-gloss and soft-touch materials are used throughout for a premium feel. A number of storage compartments are located throughout the interior, including a covered center bin for concealment of valuable items, and a large, dual glovebox.
Additional features include a dual-zone, digital climate control system and the latest in “infotainment” technology. The show pickup highlights an ergonomically positioned 7-inch LCD display in the center stack, for easy viewing and intuitive control of Web access, navigation, music and hands-free phone features.