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Is GM Building a Raptor-Fighter Based on the Chevy Colorado/GMC Canyon?

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 7/18/2014 Conner Golden
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The ever-capable Ford F-150 SVT Raptor has been a runaway sales-star, and has inspired enthusiasts to keep an eye out for a Raptor equivalent from a competing manufacturer. Until now, we have only seen a worthy opponent in the Mopar Ram Runner, an expensive oddity from the aftermarket division of Chrysler. Being an obscure dealer-installed package, the Ram Runner never achieved anything near the popularity of the Raptor. Now, however, rumors floating out of GM hint at an upcoming Raptor-like off-road package, but not for the full-size 1500 Silverado and Sierra pickups, as everyone would expect.

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GM Authority reports that the upcoming 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon (pictured at right) are the most likely models to receive a Raptor-esque off-road package. The Colorado/Canyon trail weapon would be smaller, lighter, and conceivably more agile than its full-sized counterpart from Ford, placing it at a distinct advantage in the eventual head-to-head comparisons. With this approach, the Colorado/Canyon would be bracketed at a lower price group as well, reaching more buyers than the comparably expensive Raptor, which starts at $46,190 with destination.

No details have surfaced yet, but enthusiasts hoping to get a clear picture of the future off-road star can perhaps find inspiration in the Colorado Rally concept that debuted in 2011.

Images of the 2011 Chevrolet Colorado Rally concept shown.

Source: GM Authority

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