General Motors might bring its already-existant line of light-duty diesel pickup trucks to the U.S. market in a push to better compete with Toyota.
None of the Detroit three currently sell trucks in the light duty segment, leaving the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier unanswered. Ford only recently stopped selling its Ranger small pickup truck despite having halted production. For the blue oval brand, it was part of a push to promote its Ecoboost V6-powered F-150s. GM doesn’t have trucks that fit the same niche, and seems to be having misgivings about leaving well enough alone.
News of the brand’s plans to sell a version of the Chevrolet Colorado light pickup, which was discontinued for the North American market, confirmed the brand’s plans, but not for some time.
Now, GM North American boss Mark Reuss says the brand is looking at offering a diesel motor in its light duty trucks. Likely to be the lowest-cost option to reach production, the line of turbo diesel-powered Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon trucks sold in other markets seem like a solid candidate.
GM is still mum on details, but plopping a small turbo diesel into its trucks would offer consumers plenty of torque and almost certainly improved fuel economy over the previous generations gasoline engines.
[Source: Wall Street Journal]