GM Expands Missouri Plant for 2014 Chevrolet Colorado image

GM broke ground today, May 22nd, on a plant expansion in Wentzville, Missouri where the 2014 Chevrolet Colorado will be manufactured.

The 2014 Chevrolet Colorado will replace the current model bearing the same name and GMC Canyon, produced in Shreveport, Louisiana. The new Colorado, based on the international Colorado pickup recently introduced to several other international markets, was designed by a team from Brazil and initially released in Thailand.

The latest model on sale outside the U.S. features two Duramax diesel engines, a 2.5-liter I-4 offering 150 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, and a 2.8-liter I-4 offering 180 horsepower and 346 pound-feet of torque, available with either 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. The American version is expected to be quite similar to the international model, but no sure information was given concerning the powertrains or spec content.

The Chevrolet Colorado mid-size truck will be introduced after GM releases its full-size trucks, The GMC Sierra and the Silverado, not earlier than 2014. While the model launched in Thailand is called the Colorado, GM hasn’t confirmed yet the American name. But some South American markets will know the model as the S-10.