Off the boil

THE COLORADO WAS THE BIG MOVER IN 4X4 SALES THIS TIME LAST YEAR, BUT IT HAS HIT A SNAG.

4 x 4 Australia - - Report Card -

THE COLORADO has gone back­wards in sales in the first six months of 2018, com­pared to the same time last year. The slower 2018 sales come off the back of a surge in 2017 and re­verse most of those gains with a year-on-year 11.2 per cent slide.

While the Colorado has slid down, the Prado has climbed up, with the two now swap­ping places in the top 10.

This gen­er­a­tion Colorado first ap­peared in 2012, was tweaked just 12 months later and then again the year af­ter, be­fore be­ing pulled com­pletely apart and put back to­gether again for the 2017 model year. The re­sult was a com­pletely dif­fer­ent ve­hi­cle.

The changes to the en­gine, trans­mis­sion, chas­sis and body were deep, ex­ten­sive and thor­ough, re­sult­ing in a ve­hi­cle that’s far smoother and qui­eter en­gine-wise, rides and han­dles bet­ter on-road and is far more ca­pa­ble off-road.

The Colorado’s strong points in­clude its punchy 2.8-litre turbo-diesel four­cylin­der en­gine that lives up to the prom­ise of 500Nm, a fig­ure that bet­ters the 470Nm of the no­tably big­ger en­gine in the Ranger.

The Colorado’s en­gine is revvy, will­ing and aided by what is the best of the au­to­matic gearboxes in any ute bar Volk­swa­gen’s Amarok.

The Colorado is also a pol­ished on-road drive in terms of its steer­ing and sus­pen­sion per­for­mance, and if you want it to carry or tow any­thing no­tably heavy, it will do that with­out any com­plaints.

Best of all the Colorado is now a much bet­ter 4x4 thanks to its elec­tronic trac­tion con­trol that’s been specif­i­cally tweaked to im­prove its off-road ef­fec­tive­ness.

Ul­ti­mately it’s still no Toy­ota Hilux, Ford Ranger or VW Amarok off-road, but it’s far bet­ter than what it was.

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