make it look like holden colorado,give it a completly new interior,similar to traverse.cut the i5. give it the 2.3 4 cyl from equinox,diesel version,3.0 diesel v6,3.6 di v6
People. This is GM we're talking about. And for once, they finally have their heads screwed on straight producing some quality cars. They need to keep that momentum going in this market. There will be little, if any, money available to do a proper redesign of the GMT355 platform as it currently stands.
Personally, I really like these little trucks and have said that while I agree they could be better, they really are capable and competent trucks able to do what they were designed to do.
But, if GM were smart, just like they came out w/ the first large CUV, they would be smart to instead come out with the first economical and affordable CUT. If they could beat the Ridgeline to the punch of producing an economical, fuel efficient and reasonably capable CUT type pickup as a compact, one easily affordable by many families, they will have a winner.
Why do they need to do this? The GMT355's aren't selling. Even a good redesign is no guarantee they will sell. The only logical thing to do is to put their money into something that they can advertise and point a finger to show they are fuel efficient, innovative and first to market with a truly compact CUT truck. That is the GM that breaks the mold.
Ford creating an F100 is ludicrous. They are pandering to the exact same truck mentality that got them into the mess they're in. While Ford states they want to have the most fuel efficient lineup, they're dumping their money on a new F100 larger than the ranger. If the F100's fuel economy isn't at least 4mpg better than the full-size pickups nor considerably cheaper, they too will suffer the same fate as the GMT355's and the aging Ranger.
GM's only saving grace right now is to show industry leadership as they've done w/ the Aura, the Malibu, the GMT900's, Corvette, the Lambda's, the XFE Cobalt's and hopefully the Volt. Only way they can do this is thru innovation and quality product to market. More of the same in the compact arena won't cut it. If you can undercut the Tacoma on price, provide a considerable bump in FE and upstage them on innovation, you can make Toyota look like the GM of old in the truck market.
GM needs to change it's perception in the market place. More of the same in the compact arena is NOT the answer.