Big tor­quer

The new Colorado will be such a de­par­ture it de­serves a new name

Herald Sun - Motoring - - First Drive - CRAIG DUFF craig.duff@cars­guide.com.au

THE next-gen Colorado will talk the torque for Holden in the four­wheel drive ute mar­ket.

It still has a moun­tain to climb if it’s go­ing to knock the Toy­ota Hilux and Nis­san Navara off the peak but the new model will give the Red Lion the tools, no­tably power and styling, to take a much big­ger slice of the mar­ket.

VALUE

The Colorado’s sticker price is the key ques­tion— and it’s one Holden won’t an­swer un­til closer to the mid-year launch. Ex­pect the new 2.5-litre turbo diesel to ex­ceed the prices of the ex­ist­ing 3.0-litre model by as much as $2000. Holden is join­ing the mob in pitch­ing the new Colorado as a life­style range and has fit­ted Blue­tooth, a pair of 12-volt sock­ets and USB/IPOD con­nec­tiv­ity for the sound sys­tem.

TECH­NOL­OGY

New, fuel-ef­fi­cient turbo diesels will fi­nally give Holden a point of dif­fer­ence from the Isuzu D-max.

They will still share the plat­form, much as Ford and Mazda do with the Ranger and BT-50, but the Colorado will be the only one with the 2.5-litre and 2.8-litre en­gines, fit­ted to two and four-wheel drive ver­sions of sin­gle, space and crew cabs.

The smaller donk is matched to a five-speed man­ual and is good for 110kw/350nm. That gives it an on­pa­per edge over the base Tri­ton, Nis­san Navara D22 and Ford Ranger. Step up to the 2.8-litre mill with 132kw and there is 440Nm with the man­ual gear­box or 470Nm with the six-speed au­to­matic.

DE­SIGN

This is not a ma­cho, in-your-face de­sign like the Ford Ranger and so should have a broader ap­peal.the Holden de­sign team worked on the styling and the hon­ey­comb grille gives the front some pres­ence. At the rear, how­ever, it dif­fers from most utes only in only the badge and tail-lamps.

The view in­side is more SUV than work ute and the switchgear is easy to op­er­ate. The big­gest crit­i­cism is that the 12-volt sock­ets are both in the front— that won’t please the de­vice-car­ry­ing pas­sen­gers in the rear of the crew cab mod­els.

SAFETY

In this seg­ment, the five-star Ford Ranger/mazda BT-50 duo tops the AN­CAP rat­ing. The cur­rent Colorado is a three-star ve­hi­cle, so it will be a ma­jor step up in safety and again fol­lows Holden’s push to mar­ket the Colorado as a fam­ily friendly ve­hi­cle. Stan­dard are ABS, ESP, front and cur­tain airbags and brake­force distri­bu­tion.

DRIV­ING

It looks and sounds like a truck but drives like a big SUV. Holden is still fi­nal­is­ing the sus­pen­sion set-up but

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