Duel of the cabs

The Colorado is a step for­ward but the com­pe­ti­tion is fe­ro­cious

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Road Test - STU­ART MARTIN stu­art.martin@cars­guide.com.au

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.

VALUE

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.

TECH­NOL­OGY

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.

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