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GM To Offer Diesel In Smaller Pickups

Posted on April 24, 2014

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, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

Alan Batey, a GM vice president said in an analysts conference that the company sees an opportunity to reach new customers with a diesel engine in medium-size trucks and the trucks will be "extremely fuel efficient." The new trucks are slight smaller than the full-size Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra.

"Our midsize truck will be 1100 lb. lighter and we have a diesel in it," Batey said. He did not identify whether the diesel engine would be built by GM or a supplier.

Over the last year, Dodge has introduced a Ram 1500 with a VM diesel and Nissan has announced that it will use a version of Cummins’ ISV5.0 diesel in its Titan pickup truck.