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GM is slated to begin production on two new pickups, the 2022 Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon. Both trucks will begin production in August, but buyers can begin ordering them on July 1. Both options serve as affordable midsize trucks for shoppers willing to skip a few advanced features, but next year’s model could be more generous.

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The only midsize diesel in the U.S. goes gas

The Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon were once the only diesel-powered pickup trucks in their class. 2022 will be the first year’s model to be offered without a diesel option. This decision came after a shift in manufacturing, not as a result of decreased demand.

The 2.8-liter diesel LWN Duramax was produced in Rayong, Thailand. GM ceased production in Thailand at the end of 2020. It’s unlikely that the automaker will move the production of this engine to another plant. No matter how loyal midsize diesel fans have been, refitting a production facility would drag down profitability.

Production of the 2022 Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon gears up this summer

A blue Chevy Colorado pickup truck on display
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Aside from losing the diesel option, the trucks will see few changes from the 2021 models. These trucks will likely be the last Chevy Colorado, and GMC Canyon made with the current generation’s nameplate before a new generation launches in 2023. The next year’s model will likely get a much more drastic update inside and out.

These significant units will be assembled at the GM Wentzville plant in Missouri beginning August 21. This is likely good news for buyers still waiting on 2021 models that were never delivered due to the chip shortage. The delayed 2021 models were being assembled at the same plant. GM may be on track to finish those units before the 2023 trucks are built.

Buyers looking for more features should hold off

The Canyon badge of a 2015 GMC Canyon pickup truck
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The 2022 versions of the Colorado and Canyon have changed little from the previous year. This midsize pickup truck has been known for feeling dated and lacking in active safety features. The 2022 will be built with a more advanced electric architecture that will sustain more high-tech features.

The 2023 model year is slated for a major overhaul. The timing of this electrical upgrade strongly suggests that the Colorado and Canyon are about to get a modern touch. Safety features like lane departure alerts, collision detection, and more are par for the course in modern vehicles. Adding some of these upgrades will bring this popular midsize tuck up to date.

An improved interior may be on the way as well. Critics have called the interiors of these trucks cheap and overladen with unattractive materials. Added features and a bigger infotainment system would look right at home in an updated cabin with a more expensive feel.

This production announcement paints a positive picture of the automotive industry for the coming months. GM will likely be wrapping up the last of its delayed production from 2021. The 2022 Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon will both get a few minor upgrades from the last year’s model, but next year’s may give fans even more to look forward to.


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