Hold­den ve­hi­cle stands out in SUV mar­ket for prac­ti­cal­ity, grunt and com­fort

Geelong Advertiser - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE - WITH CAM WARD

HOLDENEN COLORADO LT- LT-Z IT was a bleak win­ter Satur­day off Sepa­ra­tion St that showed me the true ap­peal of the Holden Colorado.

The oc­ca­sion mas­sive clear­ing sale late Bill Capron’s col­lec­tion of more than 300 old trucks, utes, sedans, vans and sta­tion wag­ons — plus a shed full of spare parts.

Know­ing the ap­peal of sale this mag­ni­tude, I fig­ured would be at pre­mium. un­der­es­ti­mated just how pop­u­lar it more than 2000 peo­ple passed through gates — but that didn’t mat­ter as nosed the LT-Z Colorado on top a va­cant block near Sepa­ra­tion St/Duoro St round­about, ne­go­ti­ated the ter­rain and found a spare patch of mud in which to park.

The tray Colorado would have been big enough ac­com­mo­date big bore en­gine block that I could see be­ing turned into an ice­breaker of a cof­fee ta­ble but I re­turned from the sale (rel­a­tively) empty-handed.

But ve­hi­cle, which rev­elled in the con­di­tions, would have been an even bet­ter drive if it had weighed down with a spare V8 or trans­mis­sion back as re­sult of its 3.5 tonne tow­ing ca­pac­ity and the mix In­de­pen­dent double wish­bone, coil spring sus­pen­sion at front leaf springs at the rear.

“As soon you put a bit weight in them they’re a bit softer. They’ve got to be fairly hard to tow that amount of weight and carry the weight in the back,” Win­ter & Tay­lor sales man­ager Will Barnes said.

“It’s got most power out any dual cab on mar­ket at mo­ment.”

Be­tween choice of 4x2 and 4x4 drive, as well as sin­gle cab, space cab crew cab, there are now 14 Colorados to choose from. The LTZ was top-of-thetree but has been usurped by the sporty Z71.

Stan­dard across Colorado fam­ily are five-star ANCAP safety rat­ing, hill start as­sist, elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trol, trailer sway con­trol (ac­ti­vates brakes and re­duces en­gine torque in event of tow­ing

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