SEMA eNews Vol. 17, No. 18, May 1, 2014

Spy Shots—GM Tests Colorado, Canyon Diesel With VW's Amarok

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GM is testing prototypes for its diesel-powered Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon alongside Volkswagen's Amarok pickup on the streets of Milford, Michigan.

The revived Colorado and Canyon will use GM's 2.8L Duramax Turbodiesel, which should give GM's new pickups a strong standing in the midsize truck market. These latest prototypes provide the best look at the Colorado diesel's venturi exhaust tip, which is likely to be the final production exhaust specification for the oil burners, which are due to join the Colorado's engine lineup in 2015.

The presence of the Amarok testing with GM's new, U.S.-spec midsize pickups is interesting. Such testing will help GM see how they compare with the Amarok for global markets, but VW has also been discussing the possibility entering the U.S. truck market in the future. It's highly unlikely that the current Amarok will see U.S. showrooms, as it is deemed too small for the North American market. VW's entry into the U.S. truck market will likely come with the next-generation Amarok model—expected to be upsized for the U.S. market—which would likely be an eventual competitor for the Colorado and Canyon.

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Photo credit: KGP Photography

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