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?

4 x 4 Australia - - Contents - WORDS TOBY HAGON PICS NATHAN DUFF

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.