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Next Generation Chevrolet S-10 Uncovered

PickupTruck.Com has come 'very close' with this exclusive illustration of the next generation Chevrolet S-10.

Sporting the same front end treatment as the 2001 Avalanche the new S-10 portrays itself as much more aggressive in appearance when compared to the current S-Series. Note the beveled fenders which are also more muscular than today's truck.

In sheer dimension the S-10 will grow a notch to compete more on the same level as the Dodge Dakota, in the midsize segment, as opposed to its position today, in the compact segment, where it competes directly with the Ford Ranger. A crew cab version of the truck will also enter production to compete in the hot sport utility pickup market.

The standard engine in the S-10 will be the venerable Vortec 4300 4.3L SFI V6, producing 190hp and 250lb-ft of torque. For heavy hitting S-10 owners the 4.8L V8 (270hp and 285lb-ft of torque) will be available as an option - the same as found in the Chevrolet Silverado.

Two brand new engines are supposed to accompany the S-10: a 3.6L inline six, which will be introduced in the second year of production, and a 4.2L DOHC inline 6 with 4 valves per cylinder.