The new Colorado will be such a departure it deserves a new name
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It looks and sounds like a truck but drives like a big SUV. Holden is still finalising the suspension set-up but