The curtain that has hidden the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado has been pulled back this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show, revealing a sporty, adventurous, capable midsize truck expected to deliver class-leading horsepower, payload and trailering for customers whose lifestyles don’t require a fullsize truck. Developed for the North American truck customer with a zeal for adventure, the new Colorado has the DNA of the Silverado but also a distinctive, individual look of its own. Some of the cues taken from the 2014 Silverado include the CornerStep rear bumper, available EZ Lift-and-Lower tailgate, triple-sealed doors inlaid in the body sides for a quieter ride and improved aerodynamics, a fully boxed perimeter frame, electric power steering, and four-wheel disc brakes that feature Duralife brake rotors. Says Ken Parkinson, executive director of Chevrolet Design: “It’s like the younger, more eager brother of the Silverado – a Chevy truck through and through, with great zeal and a spirit of adventure.”

For the 2015 model year, two engines specifically tuned for truck duty will be offered. A 2.5L engine will offer an estimated 193 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque and a 3.6L will produce an estimated 302 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque. (These numbers are not SAE certified.) Both engines feature aluminum blocks, forged-steel crankshafts, dual-overhead camshafts with variable valve timing and direct injection. A DURAMAX 2.8L I-4 turbodiesel engine will be available for the 2016 model year.

Three configurations of the Colorado will be offered: extended cab with a 6-foot bed, crew cab with a 5-foot bed and crew cab with a 6-foot bed. Three trims, available in 2WD or 4WD, include WT, LT and Z71. (No LTZ trim will be offered; Z71 is the off-road inspired top trim and includes a gunmetal grille surround, projector headlamps and 17-inch aluminum wheels.) A G80 automatic locking rear differential is standard on the Z71 and will be available on the WT and LT. Trailering capacity will be around 6,700 pounds for a properly equipped Colorado.

It's not a true mini truck, but it's as close as we've got! Unfortunately, the Colorado does not go on sale until fall 2014, a long wait for ever-eager truck enthusiasts!