2015 Chevrolet Colorado
2015 Chevrolet Colorado. Click image to enlarge

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“Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated” – Mark Twain

Los Angeles, California – Just a short while ago, the mid-sized truck segment appeared to have met its demise, with stalwart favourites such as the Ford Ranger and Dodge Dakota laid to rest after several decades of success.

Judging by the crowds swarming the Chevrolet Colorado at its LA Show reveal, the small truck is not quite dead yet. In fact, the sheer number of onlookers surrounding it throughout the day made it difficult to get close enough for decent pictures, and this was just the media day.

The Colorado was introduced in 2004, replacing the Chevy S10, but was phased out in North America in 2012.  Its popularity has continued in other global markets, however, and reintroducing it here might just knock the Toyota Tacoma off its platform, particularly in California where it has a loyal customer base.

The company is betting on a “truck to meet the widest possible range of needs” strategy; from full-sized Heavy Duty to the new mid-size – and hopefully attract new customers while retaining current owner loyalty.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado. Click image to enlarge

Available in three configurations, Extended Cab and Crew Cab with five-foot bed and Crew Cab with six-foot bed, the Colorado will come in three trim levels: WT (Work Truck), LT and off-road style Z71. All are available as either 2WD or 4WD models. The bed features 13 tie-downs, a two-tiered loading system allowing the bed to be divided into two levels, and step-up bumpers.

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The Colorado will feature an impressive safety list with six airbags and optional collision alert and lane departure warnings. Z71 models will feature StabiliTrak, trailer-sway control, hill descent and rollover sensing.  Technology includes an available eight-inch navigation screen, OnStar and MyLink.

At launch, the standard engine choice is a 2.5L four-cylinder with an estimated 193 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. Optional is a 3.6L V6, with an estimated output of 302 hp and 270 lb-ft.  Both will come with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Arriving in North America in 2015 as a 2016 model will be a Duramax diesel variant, with a 2.8L four-cylinder turbodiesel that’s currently available in other markets.

No official fuel ratings have been released, but the maximum tow rating is expected to be 6,700 lb (3,039 kg).

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