, areGeneral Motors'mid-size pickup trucksintroducedin 2004 to replace theChevrolet S-10andGMC Sonomacompact pickups.Isuzu,which participated in the design of thetruck, began selling its own version in late 2005, named the"i-Series". The Chevrolet Colorado was jointly designed byGM's North American operations, GM'sBraziloperations, and Isuzu, based on theGMT355,itself the basis for the GMT345-basedHummer H3. The vehicles are manufactured at a GM plant inRayong,Thailand,and inShreveport,Louisiana.Chevrolet Colorado regular cabChevrolet Colorado Xtreme extended cabThe Colorado/Canyon offer bothmanualandautomatic transmissions. GM also offers either arear-wheel driveor four-wheel drivedrivetrain with standard, extended, and four-door crew cab body styles. Most models come with the 2.8 L(171 cu in)LK5I4 engine as standard, but a more powerful 3.5 L (214 cu in)L52Straight-5 comes with the Z71 package on 4-door versions and is optional on all others. The 4-door Z71s also get the 4-speed automatic transmissionstandard. This package was later dropped in favor of LT2 and LT3.A ZQ8 edition is available with a lower and more road-tuned "sport" suspension than the standard Z85 and comes with17 inch wheels, color-matched bumper and grille, and low profile fender flares. There is also a Xtreme edition of theZQ8 which has a different front bumper, rear bumper, side skirts, fender flares, grille, headlights, and 18 inch wheels.The Xtreme edition is basically a continuation of a trim package from its predecessor, theChevrolet S-10.For 2007, Colorado/Canyon was facelifted and offered new engines, which include the 2.9 L (177 cu in)LLVI4and3.7 L (226 cu in)LLR I5, new colors — Deep Ruby (Sonoma Red for the Canyon), Pace Blue (Sport Blue for theCanyon) and Imperial Blue (Midnight Blue for the Canyon), and new tires and wheels. Minor changes to the grille andinterior for the LT and LTZ models; the LS models kept the same pre-facelift look, similar to the facelift of theTrailBlazer in 2005 & 2006. In addition, the "Colorado" & "Canyon" badges were phased out from the doors in favour of GM's corporate logo. For model year 2009, the Colorado was facelifted again and a 5.3 L (323 cu in)LH8V8is offered, producing 300 hp (224 kW) and 320 lb·ft (434 N·m). For the 2010 model year, the GM badges were phased out fromthose trucks,
although fewer 2010 models had the GM logo on the doors.Colorado/Canyon U.S. sales peaked in 2005 at 163,204 units, surpassing the perennial segment leader, theFord Ranger , Nissan Frontier , by almost 35% and just 3.3% behind the new best-seller, theToyota Tacoma. In 2006, however, whilestill leading the Ford pickup by 27.5%, Colorado/Canyon's sales lagged their Toyotacompetitor's by almost 34%. One2005 Canyon owned by successful U.S. Senate candidateScott Brownbecame famous as it was widely featured in hisTV advertisements.
Despite crew cabs being limited to LT trims which most other Chevrolet vehicles only offer front bucket seating with thetrim; the LT crew cabs are the only trims of the Colorado to have 6-passenger seating (i.e. with front bench seating).