Colorado gets an up­grade

Pilbara News - - Motoring - Alis­tair Kennedy

Holden has given its largest SUV an up­grade and changed its name from Colorado 7 to Trail­blazer.

We never quite un­der­stood Holden’s logic when it launched the big SUV in 2013 with the same name as its Colorado util­ity, al­beit with a seven on the end to in­di­cate its seat­ing ca­pac­ity, es­pe­cially when the Trail­blazer name was be­ing used in other mar­kets, in­clud­ing the US.

Sales of the Colorado 7 have been poor and it sits in the bot­tom third of the large SUV mar­ket seg­ment, well be­hind the mar­ket-lead­ing Toy­ota pair, Prado and Kluger, as well as its own, more es­tab­lished, Cap­tiva sta­ble­mate.

Holden will be hop­ing the change of name and a greater em­pha­sis on its lux­ury fea­tures will trans­late into an in­crease in sales.

As with the Colorado 7, the Trail­blazer comes in two vari­ants.

The en­try level LT is priced, as be­fore, at $47,990 while the higher-spec LTZ is up by $1000 to $52,490.

While the over­all shape of the Trail­blazer is un­changed from the Colorado 7, the front has been up­dated, with a new styling to the pop­u­lar dou­ble-stacked grille as well as new head­lights in­cor­po­rat­ing day­time run­ning lights.

As be­fore, seven seats are stan­dard and there’s an all-new dash and in­stru­ment clus­ter de­sign to­gether with a colour touch­screen (seven-inch in the LT, eight-inch in the LTZ) hous­ing the in­fo­tain­ment tech­nol­ogy. The lat­ter now in­cludes Ap­ple CarPlay and An­droid Auto in­ter­faces, as well the lat­est Holden MyLink sys­tem and can be op­er­ated ei­ther via the touch­screen or the Siri Eyes Free voice recog­ni­tion sys­tem.

There is no ded­i­cated satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem, but the Trail­blazer does pro­vide the ser­vice through ei­ther Ap­ple CarPlay of An­droid Auto.

Get­ting started on cold win­ter morn­ings is made more pleas­ant for LTZ own­ers through re­mote ve­hi­cle start which en­ables the in­te­rior of car to be heated be­fore get­ting in.

As ex­pected in a ve­hi­cle of its size, there’s plenty of in­te­rior space with the sec­ond row 60:40 three-seat bench and 50:50 sep­a­rate seats in the third row, best suited for chil­dren.

The backs of the third row fold flat to al­low for ex­tended load car­ry­ing space, from 205 litres to 554 litres, while the sec­ond row tum­bles for­ward to fur­ther in­crease ca­pac­ity to 1043 litres, as well as pro­vid­ing eas­ier pas­sen­ger ac­cess to the third row.

The new Trail­blazer gets a fives­tar ANCAP safety rat­ing with stan­dard fea­tures in both vari­ants that in­clude seven airbags, en­hanced ABS brakes, elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trol, hill start as­sist, hill de­scent con­trol, trailer sway con­trol, rear park­ing sen­sors, and a re­vers­ing cam­era.

The only pow­er­train is a 2.8-litre four-cylin­der Du­ra­max turbo-diesel en­gine linked to a six-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

Pic­tures: Mar­que Mo­tor­ing

The Holden Trail­blazer is a ver­sa­tile seven-seat SUV.

The new Holden gets a five-star ANCAP safety rat­ing.

The Trail­blazer has plenty of in­te­rior space.

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