Colorado takes on the market leader in local stoush.
Holden’s new Colorado fronts up to the popular Toyota Hilux. Can it match it with the big boys?
IT’S BEEN a few years in the wilderness for Holden with its Colorado. On paper, the dual-cab ute has looked the business, but slip behind the wheel and it’s been far less convincing, something that was in sharp focus following the arrival of impressive newcomers from the likes of Volkswagen, Ford and Mazda.
Blame it on the GFC and cost-cutting by Holden’s parent company General Motors in the wake of its much publicised bankruptcy. In short, the Colorado was half-baked. Colorado sales haven’t been pummelled as much as may have been expected, but put that down to the strength of the brand, aggressive marketing and some tempting deals.
Now Holden is hoping the product can speak for itself off the back of this heavily revised model, which is no longer a ute but a truck … apparently. The basic body is unchanged, with a mild freshen up to the styling at the front and a new rear bumper. But beneath the skin, engineers have been hard at work to improve refinement and driving manners, while some extra tech and equipment sweeten the showroom deal.
For this test we’ve put it up against the sales leader, Toyota’s Hilux, a car that took top honours in our most recent ute comparison test. To match it against the Colorado Z71 we’ve gone for the top of the Hilux tree, the SR5.