Holden Colorado reaches for the sky

South Western Times - - Wheels -

THE Aus­tralian love af­fair with dual-cab utes shows no sign of los­ing that fresh flush of ro­mance with the ve­hi­cle’s abil­ity to ser­vice both work and fam­ily com­mit­ments a ma­jor draw­card.

The seg­ment is highly com­pet­i­tive, filled with all man­ner of temp­ta­tions in­clud­ing utes that look like utes but drive like cars (well, al­most), utes that have such a premium feel you couldn’t imag­ine get­ting it dusty, utes that are bet­ter off-road, those that are bet­ter on-road, utes that can haul heavy trail­ers, oth­ers that would bat­tle with an un-braked trailer, big and small, sim­ple and swish. You get the pic­ture…

It is a lu­cra­tive mar­ket and Holden’s Colorado was not catch­ing the eye. So the Colorado has re­ceived a ma­jor over­haul, both in­side and out, with the en­tire range from sin­gle cab to crew cab and space cab in be­tween, get­ting a makeover.

We put the dual-cab four­wheel-drive to the test.

This Colorado is bolder and brasher than the one it re­places with a more ag­gres­sive stance, bet­ter form and a com­ple­men­tary new head­light de­sign. It is im­por­tant to Holden that the Colorado ap­peals to premium pickup buy­ers too and they have styled it ac­cord­ingly.

The in­te­rior is a re­flec­tion of that phi­los­o­phy too, with the new Colorado pre­sent­ing a more co­he­sive de­sign and the fit and fin­ish to match.

The Colorado has never bat­tled with space and this it­er­a­tion is true to that with plenty of head, leg and wrig­gle room wher­ever you sit in the dual-cab ute.

Re­mote start, 18-inch al­loys and auto head­lights and wipers are among the stan­dard fare as well as a re­vers­ing cam­era, pow­ered driver’s seat, LED tail lights and a soft ton­neau cover.

The tray is deep and long – the size de­pen­dent on the style of Colorado you choose – with pay­load in the LTZ dual-cab just over 1000kg. Tow­ing ca­pac­ity is 3500kg braked and 750kg un­braked which is in line with com­peti­tors.

The LTZ fea­tures Holden’s lat­est gen­er­a­tion MyLink in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem with an 8.0-inch colour touch­screen with smart­phone mir­ror­ing through Ap­ple CarPlay and An­droid Auto. There is a seven-speaker au­dio sys­tem, DAB+ dig­i­tal ra­dio and Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity with USB ca­pa­bil­ity.

Phone pair­ing is sim­ple and the MyLink sys­tem is in­tu­itive and easy to use with a good graphics pack­age.

There is only one en­gine avail­able across the range – a lusty four-cylin­der 2.8-litre turbo-diesel paired with a six-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion or sixspeed au­to­matic for $2200 more.

The com­bi­na­tion pro­duces 147kW of power and 440Nm of torque in the man­ual ver­sion and 500Nm in the auto. That most of that torque is avail­able from 2000rpm is one of the rea­sons the Colorado has the oomph needed when over­tak­ing or haul­ing a load, even up a steep climb.

Five star safety comes cour­tesy of, amongst oth­ers, seven airbags, trac­tion and sta­bil­ity con­trol, trailer sway con­trol and hill-start as­sist.

Holden en­gi­neers tested the Colorado over hun­dreds of thou­sands of kilo­me­tres and then brought it to Aus­tralia and tested it some more. The proof of that test­ing is there to see in a tune that suits Aus­tralian con­di­tions, en­sur­ing a drive that is ro­bust

but com­fort­able and eas­ily adapt­able to dif­fer­ing road con­di­tions.

With com­pre­hen­sive im­prove­ments in­side and out, the Colorado is an at­trac­tive pack­age to buy­ers look­ing for a ve­hi­cle for work and play. It han­dles well, per­forms with­out fuss and of­fers com­fort­able sur­rounds and a five-star safety pack­age.

Wheels is free in your South Western Times, Bus­sel­ton Duns­bor­ough Times, Au­gusta Mar­garet River Times, Man­jimup-Bridgetown Times, Har­vey-Wa­roona Re­porter and Bun­bury Her­ald

VANI NAIDOO, Mar­que Mo­tor­ing The much-im­proved Holden Colorado dual-cab ute is now likely to catch the eye.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.