It was quite a while ago that Handy Chevrolet's blog, Facebook (facebook.com/handychevrolet), and Twitter (twitter.com/handychevrolet) brought you news of the then spied 2013 Chevrolet Colorado, and now that the 2013 model year is upon us - as per the new 2013 Malibu's release, for example - and since the 2012 New York Auto Show's product has been viewed it's time to review the upcoming mid-size truck from Chevrolet's stable.
First and foremost, Chevrolet has deemed the Chevy Colorado a "global product." This term seems to refer to a global selling space, but General Motors is using the phrase to describe the way in which the Colorado was developed. Starting in Thailand with last year's concept release shots (due to Thailand's love for compact trucks, apparently), the design was shot over to GM's South American design center and the full shape, shown above, was determined for the most part. Though details of the truck's truck through the globe ends here, apparently five out of the 7 continents were involved in the design, development, testing, and production of the upcoming little brother of the Silverado (and to be fair one of the seven continents is Antarctica, so we can't discredit the "global" ideology, really).
Now for the good stuff - options, specs, and more.
To start, Chevrolet has said they aim for a massive 26 different trim, body, powertrain, height, and general option configurations with the 2013 Colorado. I use the term massive loosely however; the big brother of the Colorado is available in three full levels (Silverado 1500, 2500HD, and 3500HD), with three cab sizes for each (Regular Cab, Double Cab, and Crew Cab), and three trim levels within each of THOSE sublevels (LS, LT, and LTZ). This doesn't even count optional equipment, features, and so on that makes the 26 number - and remember the Silverado example above enters the double digits on its own).
Just like the Silverado, the new body on frame Colorado is going to be available in Chevy's three cab sizes as well as their trim level family of LS, LT, and LTZ. Stability control, ABS brakes, traction control, and front airbags are also standard safety features for the 2013 year, seemingly making the Colorado a viable contender for small truck of the year in regards to safety.
Inside, the redesigned Colorado truck houses a Camaro-like LED backlit gauge scheme, and though unconfirmed features like USB and auxiliary inputs are likely standard. To bring the gleaming interior together chrome accents and a dual-cowl dashboard were implemented (courtesy of the Thai design team).
So what's the downside you say? GM points a hesitant yet equally optimistic finger at their domestic brethren, Ford, and the so-called death of the Ford Ranger. Though still available, the F150 has dominated truck sales just like the Silverado has when compared to the Colorado. But unlike the Ford comparison, Chevy doesn't believe it's done a perfect service to its small truck fans - the 2013 Colorado, as explained above, aims to rectify that and grab hold of a larger section of the small truck market.
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