General Motors will re-introduce mid-size trucks to the North American market in 2015, and when they do, a small diesel engine is a likely option.
“Fundamentally, there will be a place for diesel in the future,” said GM North American President Mark Reuss, speaking at the unveil of the new GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado half-ton trucks in Detroit.
Currently in worldwide markets, GM’s small trucks (including the new Colorado) offer both a 2.5-liter and 2.8-liter diesel engine option, the former making 150 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, while the later offers a more substantial 180 hp and 324 lb-ft. With the trucks already available overseas, offering at least one of these diesel options in the US is foreseeable.
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With the current surge of diesel’s coming to our shores, it seems that Americans are starting to get over their diesel biases.
When asked about diesels in the new half-ton models, GMC Communications Manager Joe LaMuraglia said that there are none in the works, though when pushed on mid-size trucks with diesels, he declined to comment directly, suggesting further that a small GM diesel is likely for North America.