Chevy Colorado concept: Build it

11 May 2011 | 1,821 views | No Comment
Got a piece of paper? Let's start a petition and tell Chevrolet that they must bring the Colorado Show Truck, which was displayed at the Bangkok International Auto Show not too long ago.       After years of being basically unchanged, we now have a really cool, stylish truck  that isn't huge, ungainly, or boring to look at. Chevy says that the concept previews the next-generation Colorado midsize pickup truck, and is set to go sale in Thailand, if it hasn't already done so. “Thailand is the world’s-largest market for midsize pickups, so this was the perfect location in which to unveil our new Colorado,” said Susan Docherty, vice president, GMIO Sales, Marketing and Aftersales. “Trucks have been part of Chevrolet’s core for nearly all of its 100-year history. The Colorado reinforces that heritage with expressive design, refinement and uncompromising capability.” The show truck features an extended-cab body atop a high-stance AWD chassis and rides on large, 20-inch wheels and off-road tires. Power comes from an efficient 2.8L turbo-diesel engine, which produces a broad torque band for excellent cargo and towing capability. “Although this is a show vehicle, the basic proportions and form convey the vision for the next-generation Colorado that we will bring to market,” said Brad Merkel, GM's global vehicle line executive. “It reflects a stylized version of the new truck, one that takes into account rugged dependable truck capabilities for commercial use as well as sophisticated refinement for personal-use needs.” The Colorado Show Truck is done up in a shade that Chevy is calling Pepperdust Metallic exterior paint, accented with polished aluminum details, as well as integrated side steps and black-masked projector-style headlamps with LED lighting elements. At the rear is a full-width LED-lit taillamp. Additional exterior details include:
  • A streamlined “cab collar” design with a body-color hard tonneau cover on the bed
  • Gray accents on the side, front and rear lower moldings
  • 20-inch aluminum wheels featuring a “liquid metal” finish, with Stone Gray color wheel ports
  • Cooper 285/50R20 ZEON LTZ tires
  • Outside mirrors with LED turn-signal indicators.
Inside, you'll find a dual-cockpit instrument panel design. It flows into the doors, with continuous lines that create a floating, wraparound effect, amplifying the Colorado’s feeling of spaciousness, Chevy officials say. Ice-blue lighting and high-quality, “double-faced” leather-trimmed seats is used inside the truck.  “The interior is designed to deliver a premium and inviting environment, with a greater feeling of spaciousness than is typically found in midsize trucks,” said GM vice president of Global Design Ed Welburn. “There’s also great attention to detail in the execution of the features you see and feel.” A brace of motorcycle-inspired, three-dimensional gauges stand out on the instrument panel, projecting a sporty appearance. Contrasting trim used with the light-colored leather seating, dark wood trim accented with chrome and low-gloss and soft-touch materials are used throughout for a premium feel. A number of storage compartments are located throughout the interior, including a covered center bin for concealment of valuable items, and a large, dual glovebox. Additional features include a dual-zone, digital climate control system and the latest in “infotainment” technology. The show truck highlights an ergonomically positioned 7-inch LCD display in the center stack, for easy viewing and intuitive control of Web access, navigation, music and hands-free phone features.

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