IN THE CARPORT
red and white adds $550 to the price. Prices start at $54,990 for the manual or $57,190 for the six-speed auto – $4000 more than the donor LTZ.
A 2.8-LITRE turbo diesel produces 147kW of power and 440Nm of torque (or 500Nm in the case of the auto) from a low 1600 revs.
It’s hooked up to a six-speed manual or optional six-speed automatic.
Trailer Sway Control and Hill Start Assist are standard, as well as a Hill Descent Control. It can tow a 3.5-tonne load. Fuel consumption is rated at 8.4 litres/100km for the manual or 9.7 litres/100km for the auto (we were getting 8.2 after 400km).
IT’S big and heavy and somewhat ponderous, not really designed for the speed and finesse of city driving, with steering that is vague and a horrible turning circle.
The good news is that it gets a full five stars for safety, with six airbags, stability control and a rear-view camera – unlike single and space cab variants that get four. The driver’s seat features power adjustment, but the steering wheel lacks reach adjust-