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|Assembly||Wentzville, Missouri, United States
São José dos Campos, Brazil
|Predecessor||Chevrolet S-10 / GMC Sonoma|
|Class||Compact pickup truck|
|Body style||2-door regular cab
4-door extended cab
4-door crew cab
|Layout||Front-engine, rear-wheel drive/four-wheel drive|
The Chevrolet Colorado and its counterpart, the GMC Canyon, are compact pickup trucks marketed by American automaker General Motors. They were introduced in 2004 to replace the Chevrolet S-10 and GMC Sonoma compact pickups.
First generation (2004–2012) 
|Assembly||Shreveport, Louisiana, United States
|Engine||2.5 L (153 cu in) 4JK1
2.8 L (171 cu in) LK5 I4
2.9 L (177 cu in) LLV I4
3.0 L (183 cu in) 4JJ1
3.5 L (214 cu in) L52 220hp I5
3.7 L (226 cu in) LLR I5
5.3 L (323 cu in) LH8 V8
|Wheelbase||Regular cab 111.2 in (2,824 mm)
Extended cab 126 in (3,200 mm)
Crew cab 120 in (3,048 mm) (Thailand Ver.)
|Length||Regular cab 192 in (4,877 mm)
Extended cab 207.1 in (5,260 mm)
Crew cab 194 in (4,928 mm) (Thailand Ver.)
|Width||68 in (1,727 mm)
70.8 in (1,798 mm) (Thailand Ver.)
|Height||65 in (1,651 mm)
69.1 in (1,755 mm) (4x4 Thailand Ver.)
The Chevrolet Colorado and its twin, the GMC Canyon, were jointly designed by GM's North American operations, GM's Brazil operations, and Isuzu. Isuzu, which participated in the design process, began selling its own version worldwide in 2002. In late 2005, Isuzu offered a version in North America called the "i-Series". This North American model Isuzu shared North American powertrains, styling, and equipment with the Colorado/Canyon twins and differed from Isuzu's worldwide offering. All Chevrolet, GMC, and Isuzu versions worldwide are based on the GMT355, itself the basis for the GMT 345-based Hummer H3. Most vehicles for markets outside North America are manufactured at a GM plant in Rayong, Thailand, as well as at a GM plant in São José dos Campos, Brazil. Most North American-market vehicles were manufactured in Shreveport, Louisiana.
The Colorado/Canyon offer both manual and automatic transmissions. GM also offers either a rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive drivetrain with standard, extended, and four-door crew cab body styles. Most models come with the 2.8 L (171 cu in) LK5 I4 engine as standard, but a more powerful 3.5 I5 comes with the Z71 package on four-door versions and is optional on all others. The 4-door Z71s also get the 4-speed automatic transmission standard. This package was later dropped in favor of LT2 and LT3.
A ZQ8 edition is available with a lower and more road-tuned "sport" suspension than the standard Z85 and comes with 17 inch wheels, color-matched bumper and grille, and low profile fender flares. There is also a Xtreme edition of the ZQ8 which has a different front bumper, rear bumper, side skirts, fender flares, grille, headlights, and 18 inch wheels. The Xtreme edition is basically a continuation of a trim package from its predecessor, the Chevrolet S-10.
For 2007, Colorado/Canyon was facelifted and offered new engines, which include the 2.9 L (177 cu in) LLV I4 and 3.7 L (226 cu in) LLR I5 which were both introduced due to numerous head problems, new colors — Deep Ruby (Sonoma Red for the Canyon), Pace Blue (Sport Blue for the Canyon) and Imperial Blue (Midnight Blue for the Canyon), and new tires and wheels. Minor changes to the grille and interior for the LT and LTZ models; the LS models kept the same pre-facelift look, similar to the facelift of the TrailBlazer in 2005 & 2006. In addition, the "Colorado" & "Canyon" badges were phased out from the doors in favour of GM's corporate logo. For model year 2009, the Colorado was facelifted again and a 5.3 L (323 cu in) LH8 V8 is offered, producing 300 hp (224 kW) and 320 lb·ft (434 N·m). For the 2010 model year, the GM badges were phased out from those trucks, although fewer 2010 models had the GM logo on the doors.
Colorado/Canyon U.S. sales peaked in 2005 at 163,204 units, surpassing the perennial segment leader, the Ford Ranger, by almost 35% and just 3.3% behind the new best-seller, the Toyota Tacoma. In 2006, however, while still leading the Ford pickup by 27.5%, Colorado/Canyon's sales lagged their Toyota competitor's by almost 34%. One 2005 Canyon owned by successful U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown became famous as it was widely featured in his TV advertisements.
|2004–2012||2.5 L (153 cu in) 4JK1-TC I4||116 hp (87 kW)||206 lb·ft (279 N·m)|
|2004–2006||2.8 L (173 cu in) LK5 I4||175 hp (130 kW)||185 lb·ft (251 N·m)|
|2007–present||2.9 L (178 cu in) LLV I4||185 hp (138 kW)||190 lb·ft (258 N·m)|
|2004–2012||3.0 L (183 cu in) 4JJ1 I4||146 hp (109 kW)||216 lb·ft (293 N·m)|
|2012||3.0 L (183 cu in) 4JJ1-TC I4||163 hp (122 kW)||265.5 lb·ft (360 N·m)|
|2004–2006||3.5 L (214 cu in) L52 I5||220 hp (164 kW)||225 lb·ft (305 N·m)|
|2007–present||3.7 L (223 cu in) LLR I5||242 hp (180 kW)||242 lb·ft (328 N·m)|
|2009–present||5.3 L (325 cu in) LH8 V8||300 hp (224 kW)||320 lb·ft (434 N·m)|
In the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's frontal offset test the Colorado (extended version) is given a "Good" overall score, however the crew cab is rated "Acceptable". In the side impact test, the Colorado crew cab is rated "Poor" with or without side curtain airbags. Side curtain airbags were made standard on all 2010 models; side torso airbags are not offered.
Second generation (2012–) 
|Also called||Chevrolet S10 (Brazil)
Holden Colorado (Australia)
São José dos Campos, Brazil
Wentzville, United States
|Engine||2.5 L (153 cu in) Duramax Diesel (TD) I4
2.8 L (171 cu in) Duramax Diesel (TD) I4
|Wheelbase||3,096 mm (121.9 in)|
|Length||5,367 mm (211.3 in)|
|Width||2,132 mm (83.9 in)This number does seem right.|
|Height||1,785 mm (70.3 in)|
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The second-generation non-U.S. spec Colorado was shown at the 2011 Bangkok Motor Show, and was originally planned to be sold in the United States.
Production of the U.S. spec replacement model will move to General Motors' assembly plant in Wentzville, MO, where a $380 million expansion of 500,000 square feet is being constructed to support the new truck's assembly. Both the replacements for the Colorado and Canyon will be built in the plant. As of April 2013, GM has not decided if the replacement models will carry the Colorado and Canyon names. The U.S. spec model will be drastically different from the global Thai-built Colorado. The 2014 U.S.-spec model will be revealed in the fall of 2013, and will be available for sale in early 2014. There was no 2013 model.
Yearly American sales 
|Calendar Year||Colorado||Canyon||Total U.S. sales|
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