Production Start of All-New Chevrolet Colorado Nears image

Chevrolet is betting hundreds of millions of dollars and several hundred jobs the new midsize pickup will breathe life into what some automakers consider a dying market segment — small and midsize pickups.

According to Chief Engineer Roberto Rempel, ”

This is a world-class truck that will appeal to buyers not just in the heavily concentrated truck markets of Southeast Asia, but around the world.”

However, Chevrolet has only confirmed it will be available in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and South America.

General Motors manufacturing plant in Rayong, Thailand, is getting ready to start regular production of the all-new Chevrolet Colorado midsize pickup.

The plant, which has undergone a $300 million transformation, including retooling of the entire vehicle assembly line, this week completed final build checks on pre-production models.

When it begins rolling off the production line in October, the Colorado will include crew-cab and extended-cab variants powered by GM’s new fuel-efficient, four-cylinder Duramax diesel engines, also built at Rayong.

Chevy’s new 2.5-liter and 2.8-liter engines for the 2012 Colorado will feature aluminum cylinder heads, overhead cams, and turbocharging.

We’ll have more details on the 2012 Chevrolet Colorado as soon as GM makes them available. Meanwhile, view the next generation of the pickup truck in the images below.