Yes the Cheyenne is snarly, yes it would be an excellent product and yes its a Silverado, but therein lies the problem. A Silverado based Cheyenne would be priced at the top of the market likely in the price range of the top dollar Raptor and luxury trim Denali Sierra which means ultra low volume. I believe that that alone is enough to deter GM from exploring the concept further.
GM does have precedent building bonkers small trucks, remember the Syclone? Based off the 1991 Sonoma/S-10 platform its main calling card was a Mitsubishi sourced Turbo Charger grafted to the LB4 V6 and good for 280 hp and 350 lb-ft of twist, which was an 80 hp/120 lb-ft bump over the stock LB4 equipped Sonoma at the time.
What does that matter you might ask?
Well Consider the new Colorado
. Its lower price point makes it accessible to a larger slice of the market, its smaller footprint bring it closer in line with the original Syclone and most importantly a Colorado Cheyenne would be able to use V6 Turbo power instead of a gas guzzling 6.2L 8. Not to mention the Colorado is already 900 lbs lighter than Silverado.
This is important for two reasons.
The cost of fuel will not be receding anytime soon, the cold fact is higher oil prices make production of hard to get oil feasible, unfortunately thats all thats left at this point. So escalating fuel costs are necessary to subsidize the technological expansion of drilling. Digression, yes, not an advocation either, just the reality of our lives. Back on point, escalating fuel costs are going to deter many considering the long term costs of vehicle ownership. The 6.2L equipped Silverado Cheyenne would be dinged with a massive gas guzzler tax before you even leave the showroom, a second deterrent.
So now lets wrap this up, Regular Cab, Short box, rear bias AWD AND the TT 3.6L V6 LF3
mill lifted from the Cadillac ATS. By the numbers...
The Original Syclone was priced 66% higher than the BASE Sonoma
. Consider now that Colorado is expected to be start at sub $20K to stay competitive with Frontier and Tacoma, lets say $18K ballpark. A similar 66% price increase for a Colorado Cheyenne would leave it at $29,880 MSRP
, a much easier pill to swallow than a high $40's, early $50's priced Silverado Cheyenne.
Add in this:
“A lot is going to be happening in the truck portfolio in the foreseeable future. A lot of neat models and editions, you’ll see a lot of neat activity going on,” Jeff Luke, GM executive chief engineer of trucks, told Auto Guide on the sidelines of the Detroit Auto Show.
and we may just have the perfect storm