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HOLDEN has finally got serious about the large SUV market. After years of watching its rivals migrate buyers out of big sedans and into even bigger off-roaders, the Red Lion has launched a proper four-wheel drive of its own. The Colorado 7 is based on the Colorado pick-up, meaning a ladder-on-frame chassis and four-wheel drive with a transfer case for work far off the beaten track. So it’s tough.
There is no arguing with the price. Holden has undercut its rivals with a vehicle that is genuinely rugged. That price point—$46,990 for the LT and $50,490 for the LTX— comes at the expense of some interior luxuries, like a touchscreen, and last generation plastics. The dust will wipe off easily, though, and it’s hard to argue with the performance. This has a three-tonne towing capacity courtesy of 470Nm from the 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel. And it will carry five adults in comfort, with the third-row pair of seats dealing with preteen kids.
The Colorado 7 is a part of the GM global range. It is a re-nosed Chevrolet Trailblazer that is built in Thailand and was designed in Brazil. The slab-sided design gives it a solid look that’s softened by the scalloped doors while the side steps and fog lights give it a decent upmarket look. The inside is more utilitarian— especially on the LT model— though the graphics are modern and the rotary dial in the centre stack is easy to operate. Cargo space is 235 litres but that extends to 878L with the third-row seats folded into the floor. Flick a latch and the tumble-down second row seating expands space to a van-like 1780L.
A reversing camera with overlaid guidelines on the rearview mirror is standard on both the LT and LTZ models, as is Bluetooth and USB connectivity and cruise control. A six-speaker stereo system is capable but not class-leading. The LTZ picks up another pair of speakers, climate-control airconditioning and highlights such as chrome accents and leather seat trim. The directinjection turbo diesel engine is a robust performer without
ANCAP accepts the Colorado 7’s pick-up heritage as cause to rate it a high five stars. Only the Toyota Prado and ML Mercedes top it and in the case of the Prado, only just. Front airbags and full-length curtain bags are standard, along with the expected brake-based software nannies.
The diesel engine is noisy. It’s not tractor-like but a bit more insulation in the firewall could have softened it. That’s the only complaint about noise; for a big bus there is very little wind rush or tyre roar, even on coarse-chip surfaces. The five- link rear suspension also d decent job of softening th pitching and rolling usual found in ladder-on-frame platforms. And those on-r manners only get better w the going gets rough. Swit the rotary dial mounted between the front seats to range and the Colorado 7 crawls over rocks and wad through slush far better th should, given the road-bia rubber it runs on. Toss a d
being the most refined donk in this field. It is matched to a sixspeed auto— that’s an extra cog over its rivals— but uses marginally more fuel at a claimed 9.4L/100km.