Colorado gets an upgrade
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.
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.