GM Mid-Size Pickup Trucks Will Have Diesel Engine Option

Until this year, diesel engines were the ele­ment of only the heavy-duty pick­ups offered by GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler Auto­mo­biles N.V.

Gen­er­al Motors Co. said it plans to offer a diesel engine option in its forth­com­ing medi­um-size pick­up trucks, the Chevro­let Col­orado and GMC Canyon.

GM sees an oppor­tu­ni­ty to reach new cus­tomers with a diesel offer­ing in the medi­um-size trucks. The new trucks, which will go on sale lat­er this year, will be 1,100 pounds lighter than the cur­rent Ford Motor Co. F-150 pick­up — the top-sell­ing pick­up.

“The trucks will be “extreme­ly fuel effi­cient,” said GM’s glob­al vice pres­i­dent of Chevro­let, Alan Batey . The com­pa­ny hasn’t said what the fuel econ­o­my of the new trucks would be. The new trucks are slight small­er than the full-size Chevro­let Sil­ver­a­do and GMC Sier­ra.

Chrysler began offer­ing a diesel on its Ram 1500 ear­li­er this year and it already has been a hit. The Ram is rat­ed to achieve up to 28 miles per gal­lon on the high­way, the best rat­ing for light-duty, full-size trucks.

Ford doesn’t have plans to put a diesel in its forth­com­ing, all-alu­minum, 2015 F-150, which is rough­ly the same size as the Ram and Sil­ver­a­do and Sier­ra. Instead it has reduced the weight by 700 pounds and will offer a 2.7-liter, tur­bocharged V6 to attain high­er mileage.

GM, though, is hop­ing that the com­bi­na­tion of a slight­ly small­er truck, com­bined with a diesel engine, will appeal to a new range of buy­ers. Nis­san Motor Co. also has pledged to put a diesel engine in its full-size pick­up, the Titan.

 

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