Chevrolet has released pictures of the Colorado Show Truck that will be unveiled at the upcoming Bangkok International Auto Show in Thailand. The sporty-looking, body-on-frame, pickup gives a clear indication of what the next-generation will look like when it goes on sale in several Asian countries later this year.
Why is it being shown first in Bangkok and not the U.S? It just so happens that Thailand is the world's largest market for midsize pickup trucks, so it makes sense.
According to Chevrolet, the Colorado Show Truck shows the basic lines and proportions of the upcoming production vehicle. It features an extended-cab body on a lifted AWD chassis with 20-inch wheels and off-road tires. Power comes from an efficient torquey 2.8L turbo-diesel engine for improved cargo and towing capability. Presumably this show truck could well be giving us a hint of a top-of-the-line variant.
At this time Chevrolet has given no indication if the new Colorado will be sold in the U.S. You may recall Ford has decided against selling the next version of the mid-size in the U.S as it says the F-150 is only slightly larger and is more suited to American buyers.
If Chevrolet does decide to sell the next generation Colorado in the U.S. it will have to be built in North America — as is the current Colorado — in order to avoid the punitive 25 percent duty on imported pickup trucks that would be levied if it were exported from Thailand to the U.S.