Set for its formal reveal later this month at the Bangkok International Motor Show, a global-spec version of the mid-size 2012 Chevrolet Colorado pickup showed at least a bit of its new face in an early preview image. Although it will reportedly be presented as a "concept," this Bangkok Colorado is believed to very much reflect the styling of the production truck. Why Bangkok? For opener's, pickups presently account for 43 percent of total vehicle sales in Thailand, and Chevrolet hopes to grab an even bigger share of the market when the vehicle goes on sale there in the fall.
The potential for this revamped Colorado to be part of the automaker's U.S. lineup is less certain. Chevrolet earlier had indicated that this mid-size pickup would disappear from showrooms here after the current iteration was mustered out of production. However, at the moment, there seems to be some internal rethinking about the Colorado's fate. All that's being officially confirmed is that the truck will continue on here in its present guise, at least until the plant in Shreveport, Louisiana, where it's now built closes in June 2012. Unofficially, GM insiders have indicated this more stylish replacement will be brought in to take its place, although no production/assembly location decisions have been presented.