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Chevrolet Colorado pickup concept revealed

Mon, 21 Mar 2011 00:00:00 -0700

Chevrolet's next-generation midsize pickup is a bit larger, with just a hint of the departed Avalanche, based on a concept truck revealed on Monday ahead of its debut at the Bangkok motor show.

The new Chevy Colorado goes on sale in Thailand later this year, so the concept is right-hand drive. But the development program is for a global vehicle, so we're likely to see many elements from the Thailand truck show up on the U.S. version of the Colorado and its GMC counterpart, the Canyon.

The show Colorado is a two-door with an extended cab and all-wheel drive. Under the hood is a 2.8-liter turbodiesel, which might not make it to the U.S. version. The show truck rolls on 20-inch wheels.

And here's the Avalanche shoutout--a body-color hoop frames the back of the cabin and flows into the truck bed. The bed is covered by a body-color hard tonneau. A full-width LED taillight unit runs across the back.

The interior gets a Chevy-heritage dual-cockpit design. The instrument panel includes a seven-inch LCD screen for controlling audio, navigation and hands-free phone functions.

By Dale Jewett