The Chevrolet Colorado and its counterpart, the GMC Canyon, are compact pickup trucks marketed by American automaker General Motors. They were introduced in 2004 to replace the Chevrolet S-10 and GMC Sonoma compact pickups.
Chevrolet Colorado being used by Police in Olympia, Washington
First generation (2004–2012)
|Also called||GMC Canyon
|Assembly||Shreveport, Louisiana, United States
|Body and chassis|
|Engine||2.5 L (153 cu in) 4JK1
2.8 L (171 cu in) LK5 I4
2.9 L (177 cu in) LLV I4
3.0 L (183 cu in) 4JJ1
3.5 L (214 cu in) L52 220hp I5
3.7 L (226 cu in) LLR I5
5.3 L (323 cu in) LH8 V8
|Wheelbase||Regular cab 111.2 in (2,824 mm)
Extended cab 126 in (3,200 mm)
Crew cab 120 in (3,048 mm) (Thailand Ver.)
|Length||Regular cab 192 in (4,877 mm)
Extended cab 207.1 in (5,260 mm)
Crew cab 194 in (4,928 mm) (Thailand Ver.)
|Width||68 in (1,727 mm)
70.8 in (1,798 mm) (Thailand Ver.)
|Height||65 in (1,651 mm)|
69.1 in (1,755 mm) (4x4 Thailand Ver.)
The Chevrolet Colorado and its twin, the GMC Canyon, were jointly designed by GM's North American operations, GM's Brazil operations, and Isuzu. Isuzu, which participated in the design process, began selling its own version worldwide in 2002. In late 2005, Isuzu offered a version in North America called the "i-Series". This North American model Isuzu shared North American powertrains, styling, and equipment with the Colorado/Canyon twins and differed from Isuzu's worldwide offering. All Chevrolet, GMC, and Isuzu versions worldwide are based on the GMT355, itself the basis for the GMT 345-based Hummer H3. Most vehicles for markets outside North America are manufactured at a GM plant in Rayong, Thailand, as well as at a GM plant in São José dos Campos, Brazil. Most North American-market vehicles were manufactured in Shreveport, Louisiana.
The Colorado/Canyon offer both manual and automatic transmissions. GM also offers either a rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive drivetrain with standard, extended, and four-door crew cab body styles. Most models come with the 2.8 L (171 cu in) LK5 I4 engine as standard, but a more powerful 3.5 I5 comes with the Z71 package on four-door versions and is optional on all others. The 4-door Z71s also get the 4-speed automatic transmission standard. This package was later dropped in favor of LT2 and LT3.
A ZQ8 edition is available with a lower and more road-tuned "sport" suspension than the standard Z85 and comes with 17 inch wheels, color-matched bumper and grille, and low profile fender flares. There is also a Xtreme edition of the ZQ8 which has a different front bumper, rear bumper, side skirts, fender flares, grille, headlights, and 18 inch wheels. The Xtreme edition is basically a continuation of a trim package from its predecessor, the Chevrolet S-10.
For 2007, Colorado/Canyon was facelifted and offered new engines, which include the 2.9 L (177 cu in) LLV I4 and 3.7 L (226 cu in) LLR I5 which were both introduced due to numerous head problems, new colors — Deep Ruby (Sonoma Red for the Canyon), Pace Blue (Sport Blue for the Canyon) and Imperial Blue (Midnight Blue for the Canyon), and new tires and wheels. Minor changes to the grille and interior for the LT and LTZ models; the LS models kept the same pre-facelift look, similar to the facelift of the TrailBlazer in 2005 & 2006. In addition, the "Colorado" & "Canyon" badges were phased out from the doors in favour of GM's corporate logo. For model year 2009, the Colorado was facelifted again and a 5.3 L (323 cu in) LH8 V8 is offered, producing 300 hp (224 kW) and 320 lb·ft (434 N·m). For the 2010 model year, the GM badges were phased out from those trucks, although fewer 2010 models had the GM logo on the doors.
Colorado/Canyon U.S. sales peaked in 2005 at 163,204 units, surpassing the perennial segment leader, the Ford Ranger, by almost 35% and just 3.3% behind the new best-seller, the Toyota Tacoma. In 2006, however, while still leading the Ford pickup by 27.5%, Colorado/Canyon's sales lagged their Toyota competitor's by almost 34%. One 2005 Canyon owned by successful U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown became famous as it was widely featured in his TV advertisements.SG Automotive manufactures a clone of the Colorado called the Huanghai Plutus in China
Second generation (2012–, 2015- for United States)
|Also called||GMC Canyon
Chevrolet S10 (Brazil)
Holden Colorado (Australia)
São José dos Campos, Brazil
Wentzville, Missouri (2015-)
|Body and chassis|
Holden Colorado 7 SUV
|Engine||2.5 L (153 cu in) Duramax Diesel (TD) I4
2.8 L (171 cu in) Duramax Diesel (TD) I4
|Wheelbase||3,096 mm (121.9 in)|
|Length||5,367 mm (211.3 in)|
|Width||2,132 mm (83.9 in)|
|Height||1,785 mm (70.3 in)|
The second-generation Colorado was shown at the 2011 Bangkok Motor Show, and was originally planned to be sold in the United States. The U.S. spec model will now carry a different front end, with its design being based instead on the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, and new engines. For the initial launch, Chevrolet will offer a choice of a 2.5L I-4 and LFX DOHC 3.6L V6. A 2.8L diesel will be added in 2015, a first for its class in the US market. The 2015 U.S.-spec model was revealed on November 20, 2013 at the Los Angeles Auto Show, and will be available for sale in early 2014.
Holden ColoradoRevealed at the 2011 Australian International Motor Show and went on sale in June 2012 in both Australia and New Zealand. Available in a 'single cab', 'Space Cab' and 'Crew Cab' and four trim levels; DX (single cab and chassis only), LX (chassis only), LT and LTZ. Single Cab and Crew Cab models are available as either 4x2 or 4x4.
A 'Thunder Edition' is available on 4x4 LX, LT and LTZ models. Among the features included with the pack are a nudge bar and towing kit, soft tonneau cover (depending on model, see list below), front carpet floor mats and a one-piece rear carpet floor mat, a bonnet protector, slimline weather shields and Thunder badging.
- 2.8L Turbo Diesel Engine (VM Motori) (2.5L Turbo Diesel on 4x2 models)
- 5-speed Manual
- Curtain Airbags
- 16" Steel Wheels
- 5-speed Manual or 6-speed Automatic (option)
- Electric Mirrors
- Cruise Control
- Fog Lamps
- 17" Alloy Wheels
- Optional Leather Appointed Seats
- LED Tail Lamps
- Projector Headlamps
- Sports Bar
- Soft Tonneau Cover
- Side Steps
Holden Colorado 7SUV with an enclosed roof, tailgate and 7-seats. The Colorado 7 is powered by the same VM Motori 2.8L Turbo Diesel engine and unlike the Colorado the rear suspension is a five-link system connected to coil springs but retains the live axle.
The range consists of two trim levels; LT and LTZ. Standard equipment for all Colorado 7s includes cruise control, body-coloured bumpers, side steps, front fog lights, aluminium roof rails, rear parking sensors (in addition to the rear camera), Bluetooth phone connectivity, USB input, roof mounted climate control vents for second and third rows and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with multifunction controls. The LTZ adds 18-inch wheels, projector headlights, exterior chrome highlights, leather seats, a premium sounds system, a six-way adjustable driver’s seat, higher grade interior trim elements and LED tail-lights.
Chevrolet has discussed re-introducing the Colorado 7 as the Chevrolet TrailBlazer, which is already on sale in other markets globally into the North American market, though no definite plans have been made, and it has not yet been formally announced.
U.S. Market 2015 Chevrolet ColoradoIn November, 2013, Chevrolet announced that it would be producing a successor to the previous-generation Colorado, which would bear the same name as its predecessor. The Colorado would go on sale after being on hiatus since 2012.
According to the information on Chevrolet's website, the all-new 2015 Colorado will come in three cab configurations (extended cab with a 6.2-ft box, crew cab with a 5.2-ft box, or crew cab with a 6.2-ft box, and in three models; the W/T (Work Truck), the LT, and the Z/71 (based on the LT model).
Sixteen-inch or seventeen-inch steel wheels or alloy wheels will be available, and a Decor Package for the W/T model will add a chrome front grille and front fascia and body-colored door handles and side view mirrors.
All 2015 Colorados at the start of production will include General Motors' 3.6L Direct Injection V6 engine, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with two-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive, though a diesel engine that is turbocharged will be available by 2015.
The all-new Colorado will start production in the United States in 2014, with inventory arriving at Chevrolet dealerships nationwide by mid-late 2014, as an early 2015 model year vehicle. It will compete with other midsized pickup truck offerings, such as the Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma.
U.S. Market 2015 GMC CanyonOn January 12, 2014, GMC introduced the new GMC Canyon in an official press and video release and made its public debut the following day (January 13, 2014) at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, with sales to begin at GMC dealerships in the second quarter of 2014 as a 2015 model.
The Canyon will offer the same features as its cousin, but will have a higher MSRP and more options. It also sports the same GMC front grille design with styling that closely resembles its full size siblings GMC Sierra 1500 and Sierra HD, except that they are smaller with a different treatment and lower fascia. Two alumunum-block engines, a standard 2.5-liter inline-four with 193 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque and a 3.6-liter V6 is available with 302 hp and 270 lb-ft., will be offered. The 2015 Canyon will come in three trims and 2WD and 4WD drivetrain options, although the base model will only come in a 2WD, six-speed manual, 2.5L engine trim.
The added and optional interior features (based on trim) will include active aero grille shutters, available OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with on-board wifi, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, and an available Teen Driver feature that limits speed and audio volume