To continue our round of motor shows for 2011, Top Gear Philippines is set to cover the 32nd Bangkok International Motor Show from March 25 to April 5. But before hitting the show's venue at the IMPACT Muang Thong Thani, we're making one important stop first--The Peninsula Bangkok Hotel--for the unveiling of the 2012 Chevrolet Colorado concept on March 21.
The event is in line with the American carmaker's 100th anniversary, and there could be no better venue for it than the pickup central of Asia. Co-developed by General Motors and Isuzu in Thailand, the current Colorado shares more than just a few styling cues with its Asian D-Max cousin: The top-spec variants of both pickups are equipped with 3.0-liter common-rail diesel engines with practically the same horsepower and torque outputs.
The next-generation Colorado, however, seems like it would veer completely away from the D-Max-look-alike current model. Judging from the teaser shot released by Chevrolet and from the most recent models--the Cruze and the Spark--introduced by the company, it will have a look completely its own.
No initial specs have been disclosed yet, but expect a more detailed report in two weeks' time. The next-generation Colorado is set to be built at GM's Rayong plant and sold in Thailand before the year ends. And with it being a departure from the Isuzu workhorse also commonly seen on our roads, there's a good chance Chevrolet will be keener to bring this new model into the country.
Interestingly, Ford will also be showing off the new Ranger in Thailand for the motor show, and we hear the unveiling will also be held at a similarly classy venue. Fancy that--a pickup Big Test already, when the first units of both models have yet to be driven off the assembly lines.