Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - CARS GUIDE - Chris Ri­ley @IamChrisRi­ley Call Heart­land Holden Pen­rith, Evan St, Pen­rith on 4732 1966. Also Heart­land Holden, St Marys on 9673 2111.

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.


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.

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