Duel of the cabs
The Colorado is a step forward but the competition is ferocious
SALES of utes have never been stronger, especially dual cabs. In the past year, the dual cab has accounted for more than two-thirds of Toyota HiLux sales, and it was the bestselling vehicle of any type last month.
Holden’s Colorado, one of this year’s new challengers to the ageing champ, is a global truck developed by GM Brazil at a cost of $US2 billion and built in the company’s Thai plant. It arrives with a sharp pricetag and more grunt than the vehicle it replaces.
Carsguide’s first stint in the new model was at the wheel of the LT dual cab automatic.
Priced from $45,490, the LT is in the ballpark when compared to the opposition.
The standard transmission is a five-speed manual. The optional six-speed auto adds $2000 to the price.
The features list includes Bluetooth phone link, two 12-volt outlets, cruise control, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio, phone and cruise controls, power mirrors, 16-inch alloy wheels and cloth trim. There’s only tilt adjustment for the steering wheel and no rear air vents.
The test car’s options included a $3510 Genuine Holden canopy, which has a rear light for the tray but no demisting capability.
The up-spec Colorados are powered by a 2.8-litre fourcylinder turbo diesel.
When teamed with the auto, it delivers 132kW/470Nm, or 10 per cent more power and 40 per cent more torque than the superseded engine.
The new model is heavier than the old one, which might explain the increase in fuel use — from 9.0 to 9.1L/100km— despite extra gears in the auto that put it on par with the heavier Ford Ranger.