Chevrolet Colorado Pickup Concept - First look

By Editors on March 22, 2011 7:43 AM

Two weeks after the release of an early teaser image, the Chevrolet Colorado Pickup Concept rolled into full view ahead of its public reveal at the upcoming Bangkok International Motor Show. While the possibility of this mid-size hauler ultimately replacing its current namesake here in America still remains an open question, this one-off reportedly is very close to the series-built pickup that will go on sale in various other parts of the world starting later this year. Dealers in Thailand -- the world's largest single market for mid-size pickups -- will be the first to get the new Chevy Colorado in their showrooms. 

Based on an extended-cab body, the Colorado Concept boasts much smoother and more contemporary exterior styling as well as a new take on its cabin treatment, all courtesy of GM's global product development organization. Finished in Pepperdust Metallic, the all-wheel-drive show truck boasts notably bolder fascias, LED headlamp/taillamp treatments and 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 285/50 off-road tires plus a full hard bed tonneau. Inside, the Colorado Concept features a dual-cockpit wraparound dash fitted with motorcycle-inspired 3-D gauges, a 7.0-inch central display screen, the latest infotainment/navigation systems, and loads of leather, wood and soft-touch trim to help create an ambiance that reflects the look and feel of larger and more expensive pickups.

"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."