2012 Chevrolet Colorado final production model unveiled in Thailand

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We’ve have last seen theĀ 2012 Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck parked at a parking lot in Thailand a month ago, now General Motors has officially unveiled the new 2012 Chevrolet Colorado production model in Thailand, which has been part of a vehicle program that spanned five years, $2 billion and five continents.

TheĀ 2012 Chevrolet Colorado will be initially available in Thailand, and it will be offered with two new turbo-diesel four-cylinder Duramax engines in form of a 2.5-liter and a 2.8-liter displacements. The 2.5-liter engine produces about 150 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, while the 2.8-liter turbo-diesel produces 180 hp and a hefty 346 lb-ft of torque. These engines can be either mated to a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. GM has not released any fuel economy numbers yet.

“Thailand is excited to be the first market in the world to introduce the all-new Colorado, which represents GM’s most significant play in the midsize pickup truck market ever,” GM Thailand President Martin Apfel said. “This is a vehicle built tough for the people of Thailand, by the people of Thailand. It is a truck of which Thailand can be proud.”

We are still pondering if the 2012 Chevrolet Colorado will ever be available in the U.S. since its concept introduction a year ago. Initial announcement stated that the truck will be elsewhere in the world but not U.S. Hopefully GM will change its mind down the road. After all, this is a global truck, so the U.S. should get one as well.

Does anyone feel like that GM has done a “bait and switch” here? Somehow this 2012 Chevrolet Colorado final production model doesn’t have the “awe” like the concept model.