Chevrolet S-10

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Chevrolet S-10
GMC S-15/Sonoma
98-04 Chevrolet S-10.jpg
Manufacturer General Motors
Production 1982–2004 (North America)
1995–Present (Brazil)
Body and chassis
Class Compact pickup truck
Layout Front engine, rear-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
Predecessor Chevrolet LUV
Successor Chevrolet Colorado / GMC Canyon (North America only)

The Chevrolet S-10 is a compact pickup truck that is produced by Chevrolet. It was the first domestically built compact pickup of the big three American automakers. When it was first introduced in 1982, the GMC version was known as the S-15 and later renamed the GMC Sonoma. A high-performance version was released in 1991 and given the name of GMC Syclone. The pickup was also sold by Isuzu as the Hombre from 1996 through 2000, but only in North America. There was also an SUV version, the Chevrolet S-10 Blazer/GMC S-15 Jimmy. An electric version was leased as a fleet vehicle in 1997 and 1998. Together, these pickups are often referred to as the S-series.

In North America, the S-series was replaced by the Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, and Isuzu i-Series in 2004.

The S-Series ended production in Brazil in 2012, being replaced by the Chevrolet Colorado, but still with the name S-10.

First Generation (1982–1993)[edit]

First Generation
1992 Chevrolet S-10 Tahoe.jpg
Also called
  • GMC S-15
  • GMC Sonoma
Production 1982–1994
Assembly United States: Moraine, Ohio (Moraine Assembly)
Shreveport, Louisiana (Shreveport Assembly)
Pontiac, Michigan
Body and chassis
Platform GMT325
  • 108.3 in (2,751 mm) (reg. cab short bed)
  • 117.9 in (2,995 mm) (reg. cab long bed)
  • 122.9 in (3,122 mm) (ext. cab short bed)
1991–1994 GMC Sonoma ST extended cab
1982–1990 Chevrolet S-10 single cab
1982–1990 GMC S-15 Sonoma single cab

The first compact truck from the big three automakers was the rebadged Isuzu KB sold since 1972 as the Chevrolet LUV, and Ford quickly responded with the Mazda built Ford Courier also in 1972. The 1973 Arab oil embargo forced GM to consider designing a domestically produced compact pickup truck. As usual, parts from other GM chassis lines (primarily from the GM G-body intermediates) were incorporated. The first S-series pickups were introduced in 1981. The base engine (manufactured in Japan and imported) was a 1.9L Isuzu 4 cylinder (RPO LR1) shared with the LUV and Isuzu P'UP) with the GM 2.8L on the option list. The Chevrolet and GMC models were identical apart from the grille, tailgate and assorted insignia. An extended cab and "Insta-Trac" four-wheel drive were added the next year along with two new engines - a 2.0L (RPO LQ2) sourced from the J-platform automobiles along with an Isuzu 2.2L (RPO LQ7) diesel).

Track width was similar to the former GM H-body subcompacts (Vega/Monza).

The sport utility S-10 Blazer and S-15 Jimmy debuted in 1983; GM was the first to introduce the compact sport utility, followed by Ford and then Jeep in 1984. This occurred again where 4-door variants were introduced in March 1990 as 1991 models alongside the badge-engineered Oldsmobile Bravada.

New heavy-duty and off-road suspensions appeared in 1984 along with a hydraulic clutch, while the big news for 1985 was the discontinuing of the Cavalier's 2.0 L OHV I4 in favor of Pontiac's 2.5 L "Iron Duke" OHV I4. The OHV-derived 2.2 L diesel engine and 1.9 L SOHC gas engine, both from Isuzu, were gone the next year, leaving just the Iron Duke and updated 2.8 L V6. A much-welcomed 4.3 L V6 was added for 1988, and anti-lock brakes came the next year.

The GMC S-15 became the GMC Sonoma in 1991, and the Sierra trim packages were dropped to avoid confusion with the new GMC Sierra full-size pickup. The GMC Syclone also appeared that year. The Sonoma GT bowed in 1992. Added to this was the 4.3 L V6 Vortec W code engine. This generation's last year was 1994.

The Vortec has a balance shaft, roller lifters, different heads, and Central Port Injection. The 1993 and 1994 engine came in either a 195 hp (145 kW) or 205 hp (153 kW) rating. The High Performance version came with a larger diameter Y pipe, and was only installed in some of the S-10 Blazers and S-15 Jimmys as well as the S-10 Pickups

The S-10 Baja is an optional appearance package that was put on any type 4wd S-10 (regular-cab w/ short-box, regular-cab w/ long box and extended-cab w/ short box) from 1989 to 1991. The trucks came in 3 colors: Midnight Black, Apple Red and Frost White. The Baja option included: a roll bar with off-road lights, a front tubular grille guard with fog lights, a tubular rear bumper, an under-body shield package (transfer case shield, front differential shield, fuel tank shield, oil pan/steering linkage shields), a suspension package, a Chevrolet windshield banner, Baja decals on the box sides and one inch wide body striping. Extra cost Baja options included: a cargo-net end-gate, aluminum outlaw wheels and a special box-mounted spare tire carrier w/ aluminum wheel. In 1991 the S10 Baja's came with special BAJA embroidered red and grey bucket seats and unique red door panel trim.

The S-10 Cameo, and Cameo EL, appearance package for the S-10 pickup 2WD, from 1989-1991, In 1989 these trucks came in 3 color choices Apple Red, Frost White or Midnight black solid exterior colors, In 1991 other Tone-on-Tone paint schemes were available, and has the additional exterior features: a wraparound front bumper fascia with fog lamps. lower body ground-effects moldings and wheel flares, a flush-fitting tailgate valance, rear roll pan (If state laws allowed), and "Cameo" lettering on the doors and tailgate.

Other appearance packages include the S-10 Back Country, predecessor to the Baja. The S-10 Top Gun edition, And The GMC Sonoma SST.

Sonoma GT[edit]

Sonoma GT

The Sonoma GT was a performance package available on the 2WD regular cab short bed Sonoma. It was available for the 1992 model year only as an entry-level version of the GMC Syclone. A total of 806 were built.[citation needed] The truck was powered by an enhanced Vortec 4.3 L V6. It featured central multi-port fuel injection and produced 195 hp (145 kW) and 260 lb⋅ft (350 N⋅m) of torque.[1] It was equipped with a 4L60 automatic transmission and a limited-slip differential with 3.42:1 gearing.

Modified by Production Automotive Services of Troy, Michigan, it was fitted with the Syclone interior package featuring black cloth bucket seats with red piping, a special gauge package, and a floor shift console.

Sonoma GT color breakdown;

  • 1991 Black w/ Black (1 Total)
  • Black w/ Black (408 Total)
  • Black w/ Gray (41 Total)
  • Frost White w/ Gray (101 Total)
  • Apple Red w/ Gray (180 Total)
  • Bright Teal w/ Gray (48 Total)
  • Forest Green Metallic w/ Gray (14 Total)
  • Aspen Blue w/ Gray (14 Total)

1993 Sonoma[edit]

Some 1992 and 1993 Sonomas came with a factory equipped L35 W code engine. For 1993 no specialty labeling or limited edition tags were known to be used with the W code engine. Production totals for these vehicles are unknown.

1991 Syclone[edit]

This GMC came with an LB4 4.3L V6 with lower compression pistons and a turbocharger. They produced ~280 hp.



Years Engine Power Torque
1982–1985 1.9 L LR1 Isuzu I4, 2-barrel 82 hp (61 kW) @ 4600 RPM 101 lb⋅ft (137 N⋅m) @ 3000 RPM
1983–1984 2.0 L LQ2 GM 122 I4, 2-barrel 83 hp (62 kW) @ 4600 RPM 108 lb⋅ft (146 N⋅m) @ 2400 RPM
1984–1985 2.2 L LQ7 Isuzu Diesel I4 62 hp (46 kW) @ 4300 RPM 96 lb⋅ft (130 N⋅m) @ 2200 RPM
1985–1986 2.5 L LN8 Iron Duke TBI I4, 92 hp (69 kW) @ 4400 RPM 134 lb⋅ft (182 N⋅m) @ 2800 RPM
1987-1989 92 hp (69 kW) @ 4400 RPM 130 lb⋅ft (176 N⋅m) @ 3200 RPM
1990 94 hp (70 kW) @ 4400 RPM 130 lb⋅ft (176 N⋅m) @ 3200 RPM
1991-1994 2.5 L L38 Iron Duke TBI I4, 105 hp (78 kW) @ 4800 RPM 135 lb⋅ft (183 N⋅m) @ 3200 RPM
1982 2.8 L LR2 60° V-6, 2-barrel 110 hp (82 kW) @ 4800 RPM 148 lb⋅ft (201 N⋅m) @ 2000 RPM
1983-1984 110 hp (82 kW) @ 4800 RPM 145 lb⋅ft (197 N⋅m) @ 2100 RPM
1985 115 hp (86 kW) @ 4800 RPM 150 lb⋅ft (203 N⋅m) @ 2100 RPM
1986 2.8 L LL2 60° V-6, TBI 125 hp (93 kW) @ 4800 RPM 150 lb⋅ft (203 N⋅m) @ 2200 RPM
1987-1994 125 hp (93 kW) @ 4800 RPM 150 lb⋅ft (203 N⋅m) @ 2400 RPM
1988–1992 4.3 L LB4 90° V-6, TBI 160 hp (119 kW) @ 4000 RPM 230 lb⋅ft (312 N⋅m) @ 2800 RPM
1993 165 hp (123 kW) @ 4000 RPM 235 lb⋅ft (319 N⋅m) @ 2400 RPM
1992-1994 4.3 L L35 90° V-6, CPI 195 hp (145 kW) @ 4500 RPM 260 lb⋅ft (353 N⋅m) @ 3600 RPM

Second generation (1994–2004)[edit]

Second generation
1994-1997 Chevrolet S-10.jpg
Also called GMC Sonoma
Isuzu Hombre
Opel Sierra
Production 1994–2004 (North America)
1995–2012 (Brazil)
1996–2000 (Isuzu Hombre)
Assembly Shreveport, Louisiana, United States
Linden, New Jersey, United States
São José dos Campos, Brazil (GM Brazil)
Designer Jack Finegan (Brazilian version)[3]
Body and chassis
Platform GMT325
Engine 2.2 L (LN2/L43) I4
4.3 L (LB4/L35/LF6/LU3) V6
Transmission 4-speed 4L60-E automatic
5-speed Borg-Warner T-5 manual (1994–95 I4)
5-speed NV1500 manual (1996+ I4)
5-speed NV3500 manual (V6)
Wheelbase 108.3 in (2,751 mm) (reg. cab short bed)
117.9 in (2,995 mm) (reg. cab long bed)
122.9 in (3,122 mm) (ext. cab short bed)
Length 190 in (4,826 mm) (short bed)
203 in (5,156 mm) (ext. cab)
205 in (5,207 mm) (long bed)
Width 67.9 in (1,725 mm)
Height 63.5 in (1,613 mm)
1994–1997 GMC Sonoma
1998–2003 GMC Sonoma
2001–2004 Chevrolet S-10 crew cab
1996 Opel Sierra Pickup (European version)
1997 Opel Sierra Pickup (European version)

The second-generation trucks arrived in the 1994 model year. All of the special models (the Syclone, Typhoon, and Sonoma GT) were discontinued, but the changes to the pickup brought it in line with its major competitor the Ford Ranger. The Iron Duke 4-cylinder and 2.8 L 60° V6 engines were retired, the 4.3 L Vortec V6 was enhanced, and a new 2.2 L 4-cylinder engine (which had been introduced in 1990 on various FWD GM compact and mid-size platforms) became the engines of choice to power the second generation of S-10's. In compliance with the Clean Air Act, all 2nd Generation S-10s and Sonomas equipped with air-conditioning used CFC-free R134a refrigerant beginning in the 1994 model year. The all new 1994 S-10 didn't offer any airbag, presumably as a temporary measure to economize the introduction of the new body styles, as well as to gradually phase out steering wheel designs that didn't accommodate for airbags, though the vehicle itself was slated for airbag capability.

Many of the chassis components were the same as the first generation (the A-frames between the first and second generation were the same although they were originally sourced from GM's G-body vehicle lineup), along with the steering knuckle, leaf springs, and differential assembly but suspension and axles were greatly enhanced. Lower A-frames for the 2WD had 1/4 inch thicker steering stops - the second generation A-frames are commonly used as an upgrade for the first generation. Utility models (Blazer, Jimmy, Bravada) came with thicker front and rear sway bars.

Generally, for the 2WD trucks, the 8.5-inch rear end was only used when it came with both a manual transmission and the large 4.3 L (262 cu in) V6 engine; it was an option for 4WD trucks with either transmission. This was also the year that GM introduced the ZR2 Offroad Package.

For 1995, a driver's-side air bag was added as well as day time running lights. In 1996 the 4.3 L engine was refreshed, and a third (rear) door was added for extended cab models, along with the sportside bed option. In 1998, the exterior, interior, brakes, and 2.2 L I4 engine were refreshed, along with a "next-generation" supplemental restraint system that added a passenger-side air bag. "Auto-Trac" all-wheel drive also became an option starting in 1999 for the 4WD Blazers. The SS package was replaced by the "Xtreme" package. In 2001 a crew cab option was added and was available in 4WD and automatic transmission only. For the 2004 model year, the regular and extended cab models were discontinued; only the crew cab model was retained.

Base 2WD models came with 15x6.5-inch wheels with directional vents, Xtreme and ZQ8 models came with 16x8-inch wheels while 4WD models (including the ZR2) used 15x7-inch wheels. The 14-inch (360 mm) wheels used on the first generation were discontinued.


The Chevrolet S-10 SS was a high-performance version of the S-10, introduced in 1994. Fewer than 3000 SS's were produced yearly on average. When introduced, the SS was sold in only three colors: Onyx Black, Summit White, and Apple Red. The SS was discontinued in 1998. In 1999, it was replaced by the S-10 Xtreme.

A 4.3-liter V6 (which was optional on regular S-10s) was the standard engine used in the SS version, producing between 180 and 200 hp (149 kW). The SS included lowered suspension (1996–98), cosmetic changes such as a different grille, body-colored bumpers, 16-inch wheels (1996–98, similar in design to the 1991/92 Camaro Z28 with bowtie center caps), and other sporty touches. All SS versions were regular cabs, Xtremes were available with the "third door" extended cab. A step-side version was available from 1996 to 1998 and thru 2003 on the Xtreme.

2001 Chevrolet S-10 ZR2
1994–1997 GMC Sonoma regular cab


The ZR2 package was an off-road package available for the second generation Chevy S-10. The ZR2 package included a 4-inch (100 mm) wider track width, a boxed ladder-type frame with modified suspension mounting points, larger wheel and axle bearings, 31-inch all-terrain tires, a suspension lift (approximately 3 inches more ground clearance vs. a regular 4wd S-10), upgraded Bilstein suspension, fender flares, alloy wheels, and an 8.5-inch Chevy 10-bolt rear differential with 3.73:1 gears and Eaton MLocker (Coded as G80)[citation needed]

Isuzu Hombre[edit]

1996–1997 Isuzu Hombre single cab

In 1996, Isuzu replaced its Pick Up with a version of the Louisiana-built Chevrolet S-10, the Isuzu Hombre, based on the Brazilian market S-10 (the front grille and fenders are based on the Brazilian S-10 along with the truck bed sheet metal). The Hombre differs from its GM siblings mostly in the front sheetmetal, with different lights, grille, front bumper and front fenders, which are more flared out. The rear quarter panels are also different, as they have a slight flare over the wheel well to match the front fenders. - which was shared with the Brazilian-built Chevrolet S10 pickup. The Hombre had a much smaller range of equipment options. The Spacecab extended cab, V6 and four-wheel drive was added from 1997 to 1998.

Two trim levels were offered: the base S and the uplevel XS. The XS had features like a cassette tape deck, higher-grade interior fabric, a tachometer, a sliding rear window, and a split 60/40 seatback. Hombres were equipped with the Chevrolet S-series 15 x 7 steel wheels (with 8 directional vents) - the Hombre wheels were painted black (the S10, Sonoma, and Blazer/Jimmy wheels were painted silver) since a majority were equipped with wheel covers with the Isuzu logo. Hombres were also available with the S-10's aluminum wheels with Isuzu center caps.

Slow sales resulted in production ending in 2000. It would be another six years before Isuzu re-entered the pick-up market with another rebadged Chevrolet, the i-Series.



Years Engine Power Torque VIN letter
1994–2000, 2003 2.2 L Vortec 2200 (LN2) I4 110-120 hp @ 5200 RPM 130–140 lb⋅ft (176–190 N⋅m) @ 2800 RPM 4
2000-2002 2.2 L Vortec 2200 (L43) I4 120 hp (89 kW) @ 5000 RPM 140 lb⋅ft (190 N⋅m) @ 3600 RPM 5
1994 4.3 L 90° (LB4) V-6, TBI 165 hp (123 kW) @ 4000 RPM 235 lb⋅ft (319 N⋅m) @ 2400 RPM Z
1995 155 hp (116 kW) @ 4000 RPM
1994 4.3 L Vortec 4300 (L35) V-6, SCPI 200 hp (150 kW) @ 4500 rpm 260 lb⋅ft (350 N⋅m) @ 3600 rpm W
1995 190 hp (140 kW) @ 4500 rpm 260 lb⋅ft (350 N⋅m) @ 3400 rpm
1996-2002 w/ 2WD 180 hp (134 kW) @ 4400 RPM 245 lb⋅ft (332 N⋅m) @ 2800 RPM
1996-2002 w/ 4WD 190 hp (142 kW) @ 4400 RPM 250 lb⋅ft (339 N⋅m) @ 2800 RPM
1996-1999 w/ 2WD 4.3 L Vortec 4300 (LF6) V-6, MPFI 175 hp (130 kW) @ 4400 RPM 240 lb⋅ft (325 N⋅m) @ 2800 RPM X[5]
1996-1999 w/ 4WD 180 hp (134 kW) @ 4400 RPM
2003 w/ 2WD 4.3 L Vortec 4300 (LU3) V-6, MPFI 180 hp (134 kW) @ 4400 RPM 245 lb⋅ft (332 N⋅m) @ 2800 RPM X
2003-2004 w/ 4WD 190–200 hp (142–149 kW) @ 5400 RPM 260 lb⋅ft (353 N⋅m) @ 2800 RPM

Third generation (2012–present)[edit]

Third generation
Brazilian 2012 All-New Chevy S10.jpg
Also called GMC Canyon
Isuzu I Series
Chevrolet Colorado (North America)
Isuzu D-Max
Production 2012–present
Body and chassis

Although the North American version of the S-series was discontinued in 2004, the second generation S-10 was still being built in Brazil and Canada until 2012, when it was replaced by a Brazilian or Canadian built version of the Chevrolet Colorado called the S-10.

In Brazil, until 2014, the third generation S-10 offered a 2.4 L 147 cv Flexpower flex-fuel engine or a 2.8 L 180 cv Duramax diesel engine. For 2015 models, diesel engine received some upgrades and remapping and now offers 200 cv. The flex-fuel (gasoline/ethanol) engine had an upgrade for some versions (LT and LTZ) and offered 206 cv with a 2.5 L LCV Ecotec with direct fuel injection. Versions with a "SIDI" badge on the tailgate. Also, for the first time, Chevrolet offered in Brazil the flex-fuel S-10 with 4WD traction.

By 2016, for the 2017 model, the model received a face-lift and also the flex-fuel 2.4 L engine was dropped. The other engines options were unchanged. For 2018, the flex-fuel S-10 now offers automatic gearbox, as market trend on these vehicles.


  1. ^ Schroeder, Don (December 1992). "GMC Sonoma GT". Car and Driver. 
  2. ^ Chevrolet S-10 Product Brochures. 1982–1993. 
  3. ^ "História da S10/Blazer". 
  4. ^ Chevrolet S-10 Product Brochures. 1994–2004. 
  5. ^

External links[edit]

Media related to Chevrolet S-10 at Wikimedia Commons