The S-10 killer - ahem, the next-generation Chevy Colorado and its counterpart GMC Canyon – is slated for a 2014 revival, joining the all-new 2014 Silverado and Sierra 1500 in the hopes of creating the industry’s most comprehensive lineup of pickups. Production of the capable, versatile, and fuel-efficient full-size substitute Colorado and Canyon is scheduled to take place at GM’s Wentzville, MO, assembly center in 2014.
General Motors Executive Vice President and CFO Dan Ammann revealed a sneak peek of the Colorado and Canyon during the Center For Automotive Research Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, Michigan. However, we notice that Motor Trend presented spy shots in January 2013 that provide a more comprehensive view. It looks big, indeed hardly resembling its truly compact mini truck predecessor and quite frankly expanding (pun intended) the boundaries of a midsize pickup. With the elimination of Ford and Chrysler, Chevrolet and GMC will stand alone (unless you count the Frontier and Tacoma) in the midsize truck category.
Mystery surrounds the Colorado and Canyon at this point, but we do know that this truck that replaced the beloved Chevy S-10 in 2004 (if you haven’t figured it out by now, I’ve been an S-10 owner for 13 years) and remained in production through 2012 will make its return next year. Colorado/Canyon United States sales peaked in 2005, exceeding Ford Ranger sales. Thereafter sales dropped rather significantly, plummeting to a low in 2010.
The resilient trucker is incredibly adaptive and will modify whatever GM happens to throw his way. The Colorado/Canyon, while not near the S-10 in proliferation and popularity, has seen its fair share of modification throughout the years. We’ve included a few of those renditions below.
Who will be first to chop up a 2014?