I think we all agree that the Colorado and Canyon need an update, probably something similar to the Aussie version with a new, cleaner front end and more fuel efficient engines. It doesn't need to be ground breaking, but it does need to be able to save fuel over a full sizer while offering good, attractive options.
What I don't understand now is the option packages.
-You can no longer get the Z71 package with the manual transmisson
-You can no longer get the 5 cylinder with the manual transmission
-you can no longer get higher trim levels with the manual transmission
-You can no longer get the audio package w/XM with the manual transmission (requires sun and sound)
-You can no longer get the nicer seats and interior trim with the manual transmission (b/c they require the auto only LT package)
I better not hear GM complain that take rates on manuals are dropping! Fuel prices are going up, and smaller and mid sized trucks are going to replace full sizers in suburban driveways. GM is not prepared. GM can't justify cost to save this truck....well, it hasn't spend much in this segment at all, seeing as how Isuzu did most of the development on this truck and the S10 dated back to 1984. Since the intro of the colorado/canyon, GM has spent most of its time making the truck LESS APPEALING by eliminating option packages and creating weird rules with the manual transmissions not being available on any desirable truck. GM should spend some money in this segment for a change like Nissan, Dodge, Toyota, and even Honda.
Many options that should be standard are "a la carte", including side airbags.
Competitors offer 5 speed automatics and manuals across the line when the Colrorado offers neither. Good luck trying to buy one to save gas.
Tow hooks are optional, where they are standard on most Silverados and Japanese trucks.
Non-Z71 wheels are lame and haven't been changed since introduction.
There is no autotrac transfer case available at any model or trim level.
What's with those crummy tires?
There are no optional 16" wheels like on the Ranger.
And another problem: Prices are about $2500 higher than a similarly equipped Ranger, and lower end Colorados can't be optioned out with appealing options that can be had on the Tacoma or Ranger.
Fuel economy is pretty weak, yet towing capacity is low. GM should offer manual transmissions across the line and a small diesel that is used in the rest of the world in the exact same truck.
GM isn't even trying. Do they want to lose sales?