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