HOLDEN COLORADO Z71 MORE FLASH THAN DASH
NOTHING like a coat of paint and a special edition to get the blood pumping.
InthiscaseHoldenhasaddedanew “hero” to the top of the Colorado utility range, the intriguingly-named Z71. What does it stand for? Nothing in particular, like the famous Torana XU-1 – but how cool does it sound?
THIS vehicle is basically three years old now and has been the subject of a string of special editions to keep it fresh.
Based on the Colorado LTZ 4x4 Crew-Cab pick up, the new range-topping Z71 adds a few extras.
Exterior upgrades include 18-inch black alloys, a stylish sail plane and a new nudge bar, as well as plenty of other bits and bobs.
The “sail plane” is a Trans Amstyle roll bar.
Inside it adds leather trim, with heated front seats. No satellite navigation though. You need to download the app which is a $1.32 initially and a 40MB download, but costs $60 to keep going after 30 days.
Standard equipment includes single zone climate air, rear parking sensors and a soft but lockable tonneau cover.
Z71 is available in a choice of five colours, but any colour apart from ment.
Rear legroom is good and the rear pew is reasonably comfortable – for a ute that is.
Moving off the change from first to second comes quickly and can be largely skipped.
The other gears follow in close succession,butprogressisslowandmost of the time you’re better off sticking to the slow lane.
OFF THE ROAD
WITH low-range gearing and plenty of ground clearance, the Colorado is built to go off-road.
But the sad reality is that few people take these vehicles off-road.
The Colorado is a more than capable off-roader, with the switch from two to four wheel drive negotiated via a rotary knob between the front seats.
This can be done on the move initially, but the change to low range requires a stop first. Although not as easy to pilot as an auto off in the scrub, the manual has its advantages including a super lower first gear reduction that makes steep descents a piece of cake.
LOOKS the goods, but can’t hold a candle to the competition.
Holden Colorado Z71.