(01/15/14) - After ending production for a couple of years, GM is bringing back its mid-size pickups.
This fall, you'll once again be able to buy a Chevy Colorado or a GMC Canyon.
General Motors stopped building Colorados and Canyons in 2012 in the U.S. and sold nothing smaller than Silverados and Sierras. In a few months, those newly-configured brands will return to dealer showrooms.
"The segment has obviously been orphaned and abandoned and very neglected for several years and the customer really doesn't have enough choice in the mid-size truck segment," said Anita Burke, Colorado and Canyon chief engineer.
That's the reasoning behind the revival of the Colorado and Canyon. They'll fill a niche in GM's truck line up.
"Not every customer needs the full capacity of a full size truck," Burke said.
Designers gave the pickups sweeping, flowing lines.
"We really sweated the details of every aspect of this truck. We went after it to ensure fuel economy will be exceptional and every detail of this truck, every decision we made, we kept that in mind," Burke said.
Both models will offer two cab sizes with seating up to five.
"It's going to have over 6,700 pounds of towing capability," Burke said.
GM believes buyers won't just use them as workhorses, so they're including plenty of creature comforts to attract commuters.
"They want a quiet ride. They want refinement, the connectivity that this truck will deliver," Burke said.
That will include a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot. There will be two engine options: a 2.5 liter four cylinder and the Flint-built 3.6 liter V-6.
"It's a proven engine. It's going to deliver the exceptional efficiency and fuel economy that we need in this truck, while giving us great performance that the customer expects," Burke said.
Pricing has not been announced yet.
We do know final assembly for the Colorado and the Canyon will be in Wentzville, Missouri.
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