Six Cool Facts about the Chevrolet S-10 Pickup
- From its debut in 1982, there were only two generations of the Chevrolet S-10 ever produced bearing its nameplate. The first gen S-10 was almost identical to its GMC counterpart, the S-15, except for its grille, tailgate, and insignia. The second gen, on the other hand, was only a better version of the first gen; the suspension and axles were enhanced, but in general, it is still the same in terms of chassis components.
- When the Chevrolet S-10 was discontinued in North America in 2004, the second gen of the S-10 was produced in Brazil. This Brazilian S-10 is powered by either a 2.8-liter diesel engine with 140 hp or a 2.4-liter Petrol/E-96h ethanol FlexFuel engine with 147 hp. However, it made a comeback in North America as the second gen Chevrolet Colorado.
- A high-performance version of the Chevrolet S-10 by the name of Chevrolet S-10 SS was launched in 1994. Its remarkable features are lowered suspension, new grille, body-colored bumper, and 16-inch wheels. Only 3,000 units of this sportier S-10 were produced every year for four years. The SS was discontinued in 1998 and was replaced by an S-10 Xtreme the year after.
- The predecessor of the Chevrolet S-10 is the 1972 Chevrolet LUV, which stands for light utility vehicle. It is the rebadged variant of the Isuzu Faster, until the Chevrolet S-10 was launched in 1982. However, the LUV lasted for fourth generations, and it is now the rebadged version of the Isuzu D-Max.
- Did you know that Chevrolet produced a rare version of the S-10? This limited edition is named Chevrolet Cameo S-10, which was manufactured in United States and Brazil in 1989 until 1991. It boasted of its round driving lamps, a sport suspension, complete ground effects kit, and high-back bucket seats. Only 2,198 units of Cameo were ever produced.
- An off-road package was also produced under the Chevrolet S-10 nameplate in 1994 as part of the S-series. The Chevrolet S-10 ZR2 sported a 4-inch wider track width, larger wheel and axle bearings, tougher 31-inch all-terrain tires, and a higher suspension lift.